Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Northern Ireland Big Sock- a sense of wellbeing

I have been involved in many crafts for as long as I can remember. There is such joy and satisfaction when completing a project. There is also a sense of well being found in the process. The world we live in is getting faster and faster bringing with it stress for those employed or unemployed. Through craft we can relax and achieve without expense, so why not take part in helping us achieve a world record together for Northern Ireland as a community

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NI Big Sock
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sewNorthern Ireland is famed for its linen production and shirt making, yet today children leave school without ever learning how to sew. As a way of revitalising this traditional and valuable skill, Dr Pamela Emerson, who loves to upcycle scraps of fabric and create patchwork cushions and quilts, is co-ordinating a community sewing effort affectionately called ‘NI Big Sock’.  

Currently the largest Christmas stocking recorded by Guinness World Records measures 51 m 35 cm long by 21 m 63 cm wide (from heel to toe)which was set in 2011 in Italy. As a way of reclaiming a creative sewing reputation for Northern Ireland we need to surpass this by creating a huge stocking using 3” hexagons. Achieving this record by December 2016 will mean that NI has made a mark on the world stage on its journey to become creative capital of Europe by 2030.

hexagonaTo complete this challenge the people, voluntary and community groups and businesses of NI are asked to contribute in the following ways:

To donate fabric (preferably red and green) either from scraps from sewing projects, sample books or items such as duvet covers, pillow cases, shirts etc that are suitable weight for hand sewing.
To donate calendars, old cards, flyers or other stiff paper (90 gms +) that would otherwise go in the recycling bin as this can be used for making paper templates
To donate sewing accessories such as needles, scissors and thread for use at public events (to encourage passers-by to make a hexagon to add to the project).
To act as collection points (in various places around NI) so as people can leave above donations
People to cut out the fabric hexagons – draw around a template and cut out. Templates will be provided
People to  hand sew the fabric on to the paper templates – folding and tacking are the only skills required
People to hand sew the hexagons together using whip stitch
Help in publicising this record breaking effort – producing flyers, taking photographs, articles / features in the media or generating interest via social networks.
Invitations to feature the patchwork sections at community events – eg fetes, exhibitions, conferences where people could spend a few minutes cutting out or sewing a hexagon and thus contribute to the project.
Workspace to join the various sections together (towards the end of the year)
Small hand crafted gifts to put into the completed stocking
Why not get involved in something BIG this year and help NI become a more creative place.

If you are able to assist in any of the above ways please see the dedicated facebook page for NI Big Sock or email

Thank you in anticipation

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Jayne McClenaghan

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