Random Kindness, Radical Stitch (sewing workshop)

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A green quilt panel on the left with a red and orange flower appliqued onto it and various coloured embroidery threads in a pile at the bottom. On the right is a white quilt panel printed with random words and a circle of stirching and a vertical strip of black and grey material to the left of this.

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Advance booking is required.

Contact information

LU Arts
01509 222948

Celebrate random acts of everyday kindness through collective stitching.

*** For Loughborough University students only ***

Kindnesses, particularly the unanticipated random acts of kindness that occur within the fabric of society, often go unrecognised and uncelebrated. But these random acts of kindness contribute to the health and wellbeing of the communities we live in. The effects of a random kindness can ripple out from the original kindness to touch those on the periphery of society.

During these workshops you will get the opportunity to explore and document through stitch a random kindness, perhaps one experienced or a kindness acted. To create the stitched kindnesses, we will draw on quilting traditions from around the world, from England, Wales and Scotland to America, South Asian Kantha, and Japanese Boro to name a few. Binding these traditions is the use of old worn-out cloth and rags to create quilts that are used for bedding, floor coverings, and wrappings for all manner of precious things, in turn breathing new life and purpose into the cloth.

During the workshops you will have the opportunity to create your own individual stitched and quilted ‘panel’. If you wish, your individual panel can be brought together to create an overall quilt. To create the quilt effect you will be introduced to the kantha, both a quilt and a simple running stitch used in the creation of the quilt. The running stitch can be both decorative and practical – anchoring the layered fabrics together.

Another tradition of quilting practices across the world is the inclusion of memories and stories which are then passed down through the generations as a living archive. During these workshops we will be creating our own archive of lived experiences of kindness within our community.

No previous experience is necessary.

All materials will be provided. However, if you have any old worn-out clothing or fabric that needs new life breathing into it you are welcome to use this to create your personal random kindness quilt panel.

This is being run over two sessions (23 and 30 November, 7-9pm); please make sure you can attend both sessions before booking a place.

This event is a collaboration between LU Arts and LSU's Disability Support Network (DSN) and is part of DSN's events marking Disability History Month (DHM). DHM starts on 16 of November and this year’s focus is on Disability, Health & Well-being. DSN will be hosting events to raise awareness throughout the Month and details can be found on their Instagram page @Dsn_lsu.


This workshop series is also part of a year-long collaborative programme between LU Arts and Diverse Voices in Textiles.

About the workshop leader

Dr Sarah Green is an Arts for Health Creative Practitioner, researcher and a practicing artist. Sarah recently completed her PhD at Loughborough University (2015-2020) examining the wellbeing benefits of textile crafting for men experiencing vulnerabilities.

Sarah currently specialises in developing creative art and textile craft workshops that facilitate participants’ health and wellbeing.

Sarah also holds a BA in Fine Art and MA Art in the Public Sphere from Loughborough University.


There is step-free access into the building and an accessible and gender-neutral toilet is located on the ground floor corridor.

If you have any specific access requirements or anything you would like us to be aware of when running this event, please let us know here or email luarts@lboro.ac.uk in advance of booking and we will do our best to accommodate them.

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