Maternity Worldwide Sewing Sessions

My lovely friend Nicky spends much of her free time helping raise money for the Brighton based charity, Maternity Worldwide. They describe their role as 'working in low-income countries to help women and girls access the high quality maternal healthcare they need to be able to give birth safely'. It has been fun to help Nicky over the years, mainly by attending events and drinking wine, but also with helping organise a couple. I cannot tell you what a lovely feeling it is to do something immensely enjoyable and then to find out you have made enough money to give a woman access to a safe birth.

Last year we ran an applique workshop at The Garden House, and at the end of this month we are returning to run a second sit and sew day. In case you have never been there, it is a large garden behind a terraced house just off the Ditchling Road in Brighton and they do lots of exciting gardening courses. We will be in the garden house, although participants can go for a walk around the garden. It is a lovely place to be, even in the midst of November, and there will be tea and cake to warm the cockles.

It can be a challenge to design a 'make' that is easy to do, that those with some experience can take a little further, but that can also be made within a three-hour time slot (including half hour for tea and cake!). I love Kantha stitching, and it is perfect for a workshop, so we decided to make a little panel. I designed them using collage pictures that I traced, then transferred onto the fabric.

There are two versions that you can make, a flower in a vase or an abstract flower. To show what you can do with them I am going to place one on a greetings card, and have framed the other (see below). Seeing as we are going into festive season my fingers are itching to design a holly version too.

We are asking for a £20 donation for the session, which includes materials and refreshments. There is a choice of morning or afternoon, and if you want to book a place, or to find out more, contact