Aspley Sewing Workshop began in February this year, thanks to a Near Neighbours grant with the aim of bringing people together from different faiths and backgrounds to enjoy sewing, learn and share skills using a sewing machine and develop friendships with other women locally. Kimberley Errington from Make to Make facilitated the sessions for 8 weeks and it was a wonderful project that really supported women to come together and create all kinds of things – from dresses, cushions, bags and soft toys! We even got a mention in Parliament as our local MP, Alex Norris, praised the project and the impact it was having on peoples’ lives in Aspley.
At the end of the 8 weeks, the Near Neighbours funding came to an end, but the women all wanted to keep going so they approached Nottingham College to see whether a Sewing course could be delivered at Aspley Community Training Centre. Nottingham College was delighted to support the group and we have just begun our 3rd block of sessions with amazing textile designer and tutor, Anna Wickramasinha. The sessions take place on Fridays, from 10.30am-1.30pm and so far, the group have made bags, aprons, kimonos, and cushions! You are welcome to join us and we hope to continue for many more years to come!
With many thanks to Cllr Patience Ifediora, Aspley Ward Councillor for all her support!
If you have any fabric you would like to donate to the group, please contact Cathy Mahmood 07808 165209 or bring it along on a Friday between 10.30 – 1.30pm.
Sessions are held at Aspley Community Training Centre, Minver Crescent, Aspley, NG8 5PN Map