A new stitching group has been formed, which is to focus on the ‘threads’ element of Connecting Threads by working on a commemorative quilt for the local project. The quilt will have at its centre a fabric map of the footpaths of the parish and this will be surrounded by an array of smaller pieces depicting local buildings, flowers, wildlife etc. Thirteen women are involved so far and already ideas for panels are coming together: abstract patchwork footpaths; tapestry church towers; woven byways; cross stitch poppies – to name but a few. The quilt promises to be a stunning reminder, not only of exploring our footpaths, but of what creativity is sparked when we make connections.
This is where we began to get down to deciding in more detail what we are actually going to do, and how we are going to do it. At the meeting we decided to split up into 4 smaller groups: archives; walking and field research; oral history; and recording the project. Each group has a co-ordinator. We will all meet up regularly as the full group to share findings.
We also bounced around some ideas for the final celebration. Lots of creative suggestions were made; next we must choose which ones to go with.
Having successfully applied to join the Connecting Threads project the next step was to find a group of enthusiasts to join us. A meeting was called for the 16 May. Although we knew that the Wednesday Walkers would probably provide some of the audience we had no idea what other interest there might be.
In the event about 30 people turned up at the Village Hall. We explained what Connecting Threads was all about and discussed some of the activities we could take part in. People were attracted by the idea of getting expert advice and support from UEA historians, and at the end of the evening most people attending signed up for the project.