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Guest Blog post by Marie Molterer. Supporting women in long term unemployment, FabricWorks matches sewing skills and knowledge with the need for London based textile manufacture. FabricWorks provides a welcoming safe place for women to meet, to learn, to create, gain support, seek advice and engage with their, often new, environment. Their training programme gives opportunities to unemployed women, from a variety of backgrounds, to take part in textile design and production courses. 884306_95d3cfeca14c47dda9282ad09e93864a These courses have a direct impact on benefitting women in East London, providing opportunities to progress to work in the FabricWorks production team and towards sustainable employment. In the past FabricWorks has undertaken a long list of impressive commissions for, amongst others; The Historic Royal Palaces, Miss Crofton for Urban Outfitters, Kith and Kin for The Southbank Centre, Peter Jensen, British Film Institute, Hazel Stark for Granger and Co restaurants and Saskia Pomeroy for Pick Me Up London. 884306_4675016148d84039b4e494c250602436 “When I came to England with my family, aged 14, I found it very difficult, moving from beautiful countryside to a crowded house on Brick Lane. I couldn’t find work, and was very unhappy, but when I found the FabricWorks sewing class, I didn’t want to leave! I could only sew a little, but I have learnt, and am now an employed member of the FabricWorks Production team. Only when I found FabricWorks, I didn’t want to go home anymore!” Fatheha Hussein, from Sylhet, Bangladesh. An employed member of the FabricWorks production team since 2010. 884306_5e19a1cfb4f1448ebb3183c45e745277884306_02dfe135756a4b0c87d506174fd594b6 FabricWorks is the enterprise arm of the charity Stitches in Time. They are showcasing and celebrating the breadth of local skills at their forthcoming Winter Makers Market and exhibition trail. The event is an opportunity to buy high-quality textile items made by the classes, meet some of the women involved, and browse the work of other local makers and artists. Stitches in Time will also be exhibiting a selection of their Tapestries for the Millennium, made by 3,000 people across their locality, celebrating their local history, past and present. 27 – 29 November Old Limehouse Town Hall www.fabricworkslondon.org  www.stitchesintime.org.uk  artisanchristmasbanner


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