Crafting with a conscience

CRAFT WORKSHOP: A girl in Africa wearing a pillowcase dress.

CRAFT WORKSHOP: A girl in Africa wearing a pillowcase dress.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CRAFT workshop in Kidderminster will teach adults to transform old pillowcases into dresses for children in African.

Using sewing machines participants will learn how to create beautiful and colourful handmade garments, which will be donated to girls at the Omwabini orphanage in Kenya.

Jo Luke, of Kidderminster, has organised the activity and will provide the tuition on the day.

She said: “It is such a simple idea that will have a massive impact on the girls in Kenya.

“The workshop will be really fun and there will be lots of support.

“Participants will learn how to create the dresses and can then go away and make them at home as well.”

The event on Saturday, August 9 at Kidderminster Town Hall from 10am to 3.30pm is part of Kidderminster Arts Festival’s craft and makers fair which will feature a range of activities including driftwood art, enamelling and mosaics.

Mrs Luke, who was inspired to set up the workshop by the Dress a Girl Around the World UK charity which has donated more than 11,000 garments to 21 countries, added: “The theme of the arts festival this year is the centenary of the First World War and this activity fits perfectly with the make-do and mend philosophy of the period.”

The workshop is free to attend and participants are encouraged to bring their own materials such as pillowcases, lace, buttons and ribbons.

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