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Stitch: Patches of Positivity


People across Oldham are joining our creative community project, Stitch, making patches of positivity representing ‘togetherness’.

Whilst we’re currently separated by the pandemic patches are being created individually, then they’ll be joined and transformed into a quilt by the Coliseum’s professional Wardrobe team and shared at the theatre when we’re able to come together again.

In partnership with Women’s Chai ProjectHousing 21Jigsaw Homes and Pakistani Community Centre, we’re asking individuals and groups to appliqué / embroider a patch of fabric. Although created individually, we will use your patches to make one quilt; stitching together your responses whilst looking ahead to a time when we can share and celebrate your collective work.

Here are just a few of the patches in creation across the borough

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Don’t worry if your needlework isn’t up to scratch, we welcome any form of response. Be it a poem, photograph, drawing or piece of writing, we’ll feature your work it in a creative way at the showcase event.


Patches of positivity inspired by the theme ‘togetherness’

What has given you hope during this crisis?

Who or what has made you feel connected even when apart from other people?

What does it mean to feel together?

If creating a patch, your base fabric should be 20 inches x 20 inches in total, with an inner border of 1 inch to give us room to sew together (45cm x 45cm with an inner border of 2.5cm). You are welcome to use whatever colours and materials you wish.

If you’re new to sewing and appliqué and don’t have a sewing machine, we’ve created a pack with simple step by step instructions (instructions in English and Urdu). To download a digital copy of the pack click here.

When complete, please email or leave us a message on 0161 785 7026 to register your contribution, and we’ll collect them as soon as we’re able to.

In the meantime, if you’re on Social Media, we’d love to see your works in progress. Please tag us on Twitter@OldhamColiseumFacebook/oldhamcoliseumtheatre and Instagram@OldhamColiseum.






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