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About us

A participatory arts and education charity, and social enterprise, established in 1993

Stitches in Time began as an experiment to see if sewing could start conversations between strangers. This small experiment in 1993 turned into our giant founding project, the creation of 50 tapestries made by over 3,000 local people. Read more here.

25 years later, we now engage with over 3,500 per people year. But the support we offer is much more than just sewing. It starts with offering a safe, supportive space to develop and share a creative skill, but expands and wraps around to support the ranging needs and aspirations of our beneficiaries.

Our projects are devised with and at the request of our diverse local community. Our imaginative textile and creative arts projects focus on increasing integration, confidence and community development.

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I came to classes to gain skills and to meet other people, and share our experiences. I came to empower me to be professional in my work.
— English for Sewing and FabricWorks participant

Our mission is to

  • provide a forum to enable culturally diverse groups to work together.

  • run educational programmes to raise levels of achievement.

  • raise levels of confidence and skill based learning for women, young people and older people.

  • create partnerships between individuals in the voluntary, statutory and private sectors.

We raise funds through our social enterprise, individual donations, and a wide variety of statutory and private trust sources. We have working partnerships and funding thanks to:

 

THE FACTS   Tower Hamlets ranks 1st on the index for child and elders income deprivation and has the highest level of income inequality in the UK.   Learn more

THE FACTS

Tower Hamlets ranks 1st on the index for child and elders income deprivation and has the highest level of income inequality in the UK.

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FABRICWORKS   Is the training, production and social enterprise arm of Stitches in Time. At once an innovative and ethical professional manufacturing service for designers and…   Learn more

FABRICWORKS

Is the training, production and social enterprise arm of Stitches in Time. At once an innovative and ethical professional manufacturing service for designers and…

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CLASSES   We organise and run a host of arts, education, heritage and community projects and activities in Tower Hamlets and across London. Find out more about them here.  Learn more

CLASSES

We organise and run a host of arts, education, heritage and community projects and activities in Tower Hamlets and across London. Find out more about them here.

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