For the first time in the four years of the textile festival, thread 2016 will launch  Sewing for Good Causes; a dedicated exhibition space to demonstrating and encouraging the social and ethical benefits of sewing and textiles.

Dedicated professionals will highlight ways visitors can engage in charitable textile projects. The space will present social projects and explore creative approaches to reusing textiles and the benefits of reducing waste and landfill.

Experts in the Sewing for Good Causes exhibition include:

Alice Butcher – Sewing for Good Causes, including Dress a Girl Around the World

Alice Butcher, sewing author and Maltings tutor, and her students will share their passion for sewing and its social benefits. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’ campaign as well as other national and international projects.

Brigitte Kaltenbacher – Sewing for Good Causes: Sustainable Textiles

Join Brigitte as she demonstrates and shares sustainable approaches to textiles. Brigitte will offer demonstrations and have- a- go sessions fitting with the ethos of make do & mend, which aims to give items of clothes a new lease of life and keep them from turning into landfill waste.  Brigitte strongly believes in the idea that each of us can make a difference; “By simply fixing a button, or creating button art like funky necklaces, you can have fun, be creative and do your bit for the environment.”

Sarah King – Sewing for Good Causes: Morsbags

Get creative and help reduce the number of plastic bags being used and thrown away. Join Sarah from Farnham Local Food Community Market Garden and sew yourself a Morsbag on a hand crank sewing machine.

Can you help? Thread organisers are putting a call out for donations of the following to support the Dress A Girl Around the World campaign: 

  • good quality  100% woven cotton fabric in 1 metre lengths or pillowcases- must be clean, stain free, non- transparent and with no potentially culturally specific imagery or wording.
  • 2cm wide elastic  (40cm for a dress  or 60cm for a pair of shorts)
  • 5cm wide single fold Bias binding (2m for each dress)
  • Sewing thread – assorted colours.

All material donations can be sent in advance to: Gemma Curtis, Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR. Please mark your parcel ‘Dress a Girl Around the World’. Alternatively donations can be handed in at the Information Desk on the day of thread. If you want to pre-make items to donate, please visit  the craft site for more information.

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