A New Challenge – NI Big Sock

A couple months ago, my mate Pamela mentioned she wanted to attempt a world record. She wanted to make the world’s largest hand-sewn patchwork Christmas stocking. That’s kinda cool, I thought. A massive undertaking, but cool.

Fast forward through to now, and it’s happening. We’re going for it! And we need all the help we can get. Pamela has the design idea and the expertise, and under her direction we’re slowly gathering momentum. We need volunteers to help with sewing, cutting paper and/or fabric templates, donating supplies, organising collections, media, documentation, and of course PR, and lots more!  We’ve gotten the attention of Voluntary Arts Ireland and the Arts Minister, just to show how determined we are. 😉

We’ve started by stitching together these simple hexagons that will eventually be sewn together to make a patchwork fabric:

They’re made from fabric templates cut to size, and stitched around a smaller size made of paper (tutorial coming soon!). These are easy to make, and very portable, so there will be people sewing these cute wee hexies all over the show in NI.

Eventually, it will look like this:

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A lovely hexagon patchwork quilt made by Top Floor Art crafter Hazel Bland.

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Hexies, pre-quilted. Pamela has over a thousand of these now and needs hundreds more!

If you’d like to help, get in touch! Message me here or check out my Facebook page, A Million Paper Stars, or the Facebook page for the NI Big Sock!

You can read more about the project and Pamela on Pamela’s website, The Crafty Historian.

You are also welcome to join participating craft groups to learn more about it.

Here’s a list (let me know if you can add to it):

Top Floor Art Craft Circle – Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Top Floor Art Gallery and Open Studios, Saintfield

Belfast Stitch n Bitch, Starbucks, Victoria Square Belfast, Wednesdays 4pm-7pm (Check out our blog here.)

Common Threads, Tuesday evenings from 8pm. Venue changes weekly, see their Facebook page here.

Or come along to the NI Big Sock stall at Belfast’s Festival of Learning at St George’s Market, 9th March!

So c’mon and join us. You know you want to!

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