Cloth of Kindness project launches in Great Yarmouth

A community-led textiles arts projects has been launched at the Great Yarmouth Big C Centre. The Cloth of Kindness is an innovative wellbeing project which brings together people of all ages and abilities to embrodier their thoughts and experiences of kindness on individual patches of material which are then sewn together to make a Cloth of Kindness.

The Cloth of Kindness at the Norwich Big C Centre
Each patch is personal and unique, but sewn together they make something even greater as a whole

Patches will be hand-stitched by Big C service-users in the Big C Centre for a cloth to be used by the charity’s visitors in the relaxation room, where it is hoped they will bring comfort.

The first Cloth of Kindness was made by artist Sally-Anne Lomas and was inspired by the writings of Julian of Norwich, C14th mystic famous for the phrase ‘All shall be well and all shall be well’ and the beautiful embroidered letters of Lorina Bulmer, resident in the Great Yarmouth Workhouse in the late C19th.

Sally-Anne Lomas said, “The sewing skills needed to participate in a Cloth of Kindness are basic and easily learnt. It is a low energy, creative activity open to everyone and the focus on kindness is uplifting. Each patch is personal and unique, but sewn together they make something even greater as a whole.”

Nikki Morris, Deputy CEO of Big C said, “This is a lovely project which brings people together socially and enables them to produce something collectively for the benefit of others.”

Two additional Cloths of Kindness have been created at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) chapel and the Big C centre for its visitors. It is hoped to expand the Cloth of Kindness project into Big C’s centre at Kings Lynn.

Sally Anne adds, “Thanks to Awards for All #NationalLottery players for making our project possible! We’re making a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in Great Yarmouth. Workshops run in the Big C centre, 33 Regent Street Great Yarmouth, NR30 1RR on Tuesdays from 2.15pm to 4.15pm (24th April,1st May, 8th May).”