I’m so happy to play a tiny part in an amazing initiative #ABirdInTheHand – started by Anna Winston of La La Rookh Workshop and Jane Grimshaw of Flaming Norah

@flamingstitch aka Jane, and Anna put out a call for sewers to make birds for children arriving as refugees in Europe and beyond. The toy birds are given to the children. They are small enough to fit into their pockets to accompany them on their long journey.

#ABirdInTheHand poster by Flaming Nora and La La Rookh

#ABirdInTheHand poster by Flaming Nora and La La Rookh

They held a sewing event on 2nd December, 2015, in the Observer Building in Hastings to get people together to enjoy the process of making the birds in a group setting. This event was very successful, and people like me who couldn’t attend, asked for the pattern. So many people ask for a pattern that they decided to create a kit.

In a step of faith 150 kits were created. The kits are priced at £5.00, and all the money raised is divided between Hastings Supports Refugees and providing the kits for people working as Art Therapists with traumatised adults and children in the refugee camps.

In three days all the kits were SOLD-OUT! I managed to order the last one! I collected my kit from Anna at the La La Rookh workshop.

Anna Winston of La La Rookh with a bird in the hand

Anna Winston of La La Rookh with a bird in the hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kits come with everything you need to make your bird.

Contents of 'A Bird in the hand' sewing kit

Contents of ‘A Bird in the hand’ sewing kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mum loves sewing so I think I’ll give mine to her to make. I will be designing a pattern for a knitted
bird that people can make to support the project – watch this space!
I do like knitting birds 🙂

Knitted geese by Lorna hamilton-Brown

Knitted geese by Lorna hamilton-Brown

If you are in Hastings, and love crafts you should definitely visit La La Rookh – it’s a treasure strove.

Interior of La La Rookh Workshop in Hastings

Interior of La La Rookh Workshop in Hastings

La La Rookh hold sewing classes for adults and children and social sewing events. They are developing a fashion, arts and craft lending Library for our members. There an amazing haberdashery department, A in vintage garment patterns and they stock modern reproductions too developed by historical pattern company Decades Of Style. They also have a large selection of dress fabric from Indian block print cottons to linens and silks and their thread is from the French embroidery specialists, Maison Sajou.