Community Shawl Project

Fundraising campaign by Emma Bevan
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The Community Shawl is my response to The Red Dress (created by Kirsty MacLeod) which I was very fortunate to have been able to arrange exhibitions and presentations twice in Wales, the most recent in Abergavenny in October 2022.

I have been curating the Shawl project, and was delighted to be joined by Ginevra from The Wool Croft last year. Ginevra donated a box of fabric, threads and yarn, for anyone to use who needed more materials, and we asked for everyone to drop off or post their donated squares to The Wool Croft.
Ginevra and I have worked together previously, and we are really enjoying this project!

I invited members of the public to join us in creating a fabric square, in any medium, for the creation of the Community Shawl; each square is 4 - 6 inches in size, and has an element of red.

My aim was for everyone’s work to unite our communities, and the completed Shawl will be then taken to exhibitions, talks and storytelling events, celebrating our traditions of tales, community, and friendship.

I absolutely did not expect to receive 120 pieces for the Project! They are all very intricate and beautiful, ranging from knitted , embroidered, felted, woven to crocheted. Each one tells its own story and is a little symbol of love and connection. The residents at Penpergym care home crocheted 50 squares for us, and they will be the first audience to see the completed Shawl when I take it to show them.
I have also been invted to take the Shawl to Hereford College of Art and give a talk about the project.

The next stage? To now have each square carefully stitched onto the background material.

We had thought we may purchase some woollen flannel or maybe a vintage shawl for this… but then out of the blue, my mother donated my grandmother’s vintage, handmade, woollen nurse’s cape! My Nana was for many years, Sister of the wards at Pen Y Fal hospital in Abergavenny, retiring in 1977. Her cape was made by Doreen Rice, in the huge sewing room at the hospital.

I can’t think of a better addition to the provenance of this Community shawl, and we are hearing all kinds of wonderful anecdotes from those who remember working there before it was demolished.

I am also looking into publishing a two-page leaflet that could be printed and accompany the Shawl when it travels to talks and exhibitions, so we can capture the story behind the making of the Shawl.


We have asked Cheryl at The Wool Croft to stitch the amazing work onto the cape, to transform it into the Shawl. What we would love to do is pay her a fair fee, and we wondered if you would consider donating towards this please?

Any share, or donation, is greatly appreciated, thank you!

Please get in touch with any questions, or suggestions for venues that would like to display the Community Shawl.


With love and gratitude… Emma X

EDIT:

The cape is not long enough for the amount of squares we have received! In looking around for material (black exterior and red interior preferrably, to match the cape) to add to the length, in particular wool flannel, I was offered a very generous donation by Elin Sian Blake, a local artist, and her mother, Sian Blake.
A 100 year old, unpicked Welsh petticoat, in black, and red wool flannel, which had been made into a skirt by Sian for Elin to wear for a school event when she was a child, and again used by a model for one of Elin's paintings, and which we are allowed to unpick.
I am again overwhelmed by the generosity, and really excited by the added provenance these pieces of cloth add to the project as a whole!
Elin once asked my youngest daughter to be a model for one of her paintings, and Sian has been to one of my workshops previously, so the connections bring added warmth to the soul of the project.
Very many thanks to you both for your time and support!




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Donors

  • Joy Foster
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2023
  • Longing to see this Shawl come to fruition 💞

£10.00
  • Yvonne Churches
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2023
£5.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2023
£5.00
Jul 18

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Update posted by Emma Bevan at 10:30 am
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The cape is not long enough for the amount of squares we have received! In looking around for material (black exterior and red interior preferrably, to match the cape) to add to the length, in particular wool flannel, I was offered a very generous donation by Elin Sian Blake, a. . . . .

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24 donors
  • Joy Foster
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2023
  • Longing to see this Shawl come to fruition 💞

£10.00
  • Yvonne Churches
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2023
£5.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jul 18, 2023
£5.00
  • Vicky Ball
  • Donated on May 07, 2023
£5.00
  • carys thomas
  • Donated on Mar 21, 2023
  • 🥰🥰

£5.00
  • Jayne Hunt
  • Donated on Mar 21, 2023
  • I meant to do this earlier! I actually meant to make a square too 🙄 will look forward to seeing it made

£10.00
  • Brydon Williams
  • Donated on Mar 04, 2023
£10.00
  • Joy Foster
  • Donated on Mar 02, 2023
  • Good luck hitting the target.

£10.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 21, 2023
£10.00
  • Jane Preece
  • Donated on Feb 13, 2023
  • I loved seeing the red dress in Bleddfa. Your project is amazing. Happy to support.

£20.00
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