Unique project featuring on Irish and German tv

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Unique project featuring on Irish and German tv

Women have worked with fabrics and textiles throughout time

‘Stitching Stories’ is the launch and exhibition of a unique creation by North Leitrim Women’s Centre’s cross border project Women Along the Border.

The Story Quilt has already attracted much interest, featuring on RTE National news, and just last week was filmed by a team from German ZDF television, so the border quilters are already making the news in their own way.


This will be launched at the closing celebration of the project on Thursday June 6 at 8pm in the Healthy Living Centre, Belcoo.
One of the opening events of the project was ‘Stitching Stories – The Power of the Needle and Thread’ a talk by Roberta Bacic, born in Chile and resident of Northern Ireland, who is the founder of Conflict Textiles, an international collection of ‘arpilleras’ or ‘story quilts’ from around the world, illustrating how women across continents and history tell their stories through the art of needlework.

Women have worked with fabrics and textiles throughout time, but interwoven into this is their own stories and the stories of their families and their communities.

“From this came the idea of creating a story quilt of our border region, showing the villages, landscape, history, memories and what is important to us as women living here. At a time when the border is receiving so much attention, this was our opportunity to depict our communities by people who live here. You could say we have story quilted our own ‘soft border!” explained cross border Development Worker, Isobel Cleary.

As well as the many crafts involved in the making of the quilt (such as screen-printing, quilting, knitting, sewing, wet felting, needle-felting, embroidery, cross-stitch etc.), women involved in the programme have also had opportunities to take part in a wide range of other activities – Cookery from Around the World, Rope-making, Peg loom Weaving, Health and Nutrition, Jewellery Making, Mindfulness, and Tibetan Sound Bath.

‘Women Along the Border’ is an initiative of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre, with the support of the Leitrim County Council through the Leitrim County PEACE IV Partnership.

The project worked with women along the Fermanagh Leitrim border, comprising the areas of Kinlough, Rossinver, Garrison, Kiltyclogher, Glenfarne, Cashel and Belcoo. This project has been supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
All are welcome to the launch and closing event on Thursday 6, to see the pieces of the quilt come together for the first time and to hear stories of the area from local storyteller, Seamus MacAnnaidh. For further information about this project, please contact Isobel on +353(0) 719856220 or email womenalongtheborder@gmail.com