It’s been around 18 months since any progress has been made with our giant rag doll. This was partly due to myself being on maternity leave and trying to co-ordinate all of our helpers to get together to finish sewing the doll, which due to important commitments such as family and business was proving very difficult. The ladies who have been helping have been amazing but time is precious and I needed new people on board to help move the project forward.
AND…..this is when my lovely neighbour Margaret listened to me explain all about #projectragdoll and stepped in to help. Margaret knew we needed more people to help to finish the doll and she talked to her local sewing group at North Tyneside Library (Monkseaton branch) about the project to see if they wanted to jump to board and help out. Debra who works at the library helps to co-ordinate the sewing group and was really keen to help support the project as were the ladies in the sewing group.
Margaret told me that the ladies at the sewing group had a great time sewing the children’s patches onto the rag doll and they’d had some wonderful discussions as a result, talking about their own hopes, dreams and wishes, laughing a lot and it really gave them a sense of community spirit. Margaret then mentioned that how when they were all sitting in the library sewing the rag doll a little boy came in with his Mam and went over to tell them that he had made one of the patches that they were sewing on…..how lovely is that!
I’d like to take this chance to thank Margaret, Debra and all the ladies at Monkseaton library sewing group for coming on board to help finish the doll. I’m so grateful for the support.
We are hoping that the doll will be finished this year and displayed at Whitley Bay Library where the 640 children who have taken part can come and get their picture taken with the doll. We haven’t finalised the details yet for when this will happen but when we do you’ll be the first to know.
I promise to keep you all updated on the progress of the doll and let you know when you can finally come and see it when it’s finished.
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