Silver Thread Tapestries Project workers from Creative Development Team in the Council has been meeting sewing and craft groups in the Walsall Borough. We are recruiting local groups and individuals who will help us sew 11 tapestries over the next year, and we are profiling the achievements of local groups who’s work is hidden in their sewing baskets and local centres to celebrate the needlework skills in the Borough.
New Invention 3C’s ladies group share coffee, chat and craft skills at their regular meetings at New Invention Library. They have spent the last 3 years working together to produce a spectacular textile collage of Willenhall history which is the first of a set of 4 collages planned to depict the changes to the area from 1600’s to the present day.
The group, started by local community volunteer Wendy Evans, brings local people who are housebound or lonely together with the youngest aged 24 and the eldest aged 91 and their membership of over 30 local people span the generations. Over the years they have built friendships, look out for each other and shared their craft skills including: Knitting, Rag Rugging, Traditional seasonal crafts and their famous collage work.
Their history Collages were inspired by the purchase of the Bell Inn building, dated 1598, one of the oldest buildings in Willenhall. It was purchased by a newly formed Willenhall Heritage Group to preserve the building from being redeveloped. The Heritage group hope to develop the building as a local heritage centre in the future. The Bell Inn building was the inspiration for the first collage which shows Willenhall as it would have looked in the 16th Century when the Bell was built. The next tapestry in progress, depicts the changes in the 1th Century and will be completed by the end of April.
Pictured with the collage is a close up of Wendy Evans organiser of the group and tapestry project and in the group picture: