Sew Portobello is a social enterprise for women of older working age, developing networks, using our creativity and making some extra money.
The rich heritage of sewing and embroidery in the diverse communites of North Kensington, is linked into making new friends and developing business skills.
We now have a grant from the council, loads of help from community groups, and input from local individuals who want the project to thrive. We have been pleased, but not surprised, to find we have much in common across the many social divides in our diverse communities. The little project has already shown there is a real human need for more connectivity: women from all backgrounds enjoy sharing the pleasure of making and learning together.
The goods are sold on Portobello market, that runs through the area. In May we are starting some tutoring sessions and recruiting outreach workers. As we develop, the project will expand to offer sewing classes, coffee mornings, creative events - bringing older and younger neighbours together for a laugh, a chat and an expert sewing lesson.
Creatives, women who love sewing, marketing experts and hosts for coffee mornings are warmly invited to join.
We made cushions and toys for the Christmas market - ranging from gorgeous heavily textured velvets and luxury silks to little quirky dolls made out of socks.
Didn't expect the frilly pinnies to be seized with such enthusiasm by our more glamorous customers, but clearly they are a winner too.