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STITCHING STORIES – The Power of Needle and Thread

April 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conflict Quilt
Northern Ireland Quilt: Events of 1998. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)
Northern Ireland Quilt: Events of 1998. (Photo: Irene MacWilliam)

A new programme for women along the Fermanagh/Leitrim border gets underway next week.Stitching Stories – The Power of The Needle and Thread, is  a 1-day exhibition and talk on how women across continents and history tell their stories through the art of needlework. Women have worked with fabrics and textiles throughout time, but interwoven into this is their own stories and the stories of their families and their communities.

‘Women Along the Border’, a Fermanagh/Leitrim cross-border initiative of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre will run a series of workshops, events and classes for women over the course of the project.

Roberta Bacic, born in Chile and now resident of Northern Ireland, founded Conflict Textiles, an international collection of ‘arpilleras’ or ‘story quilts’ from around the world, illustrating women’s lived experiences. She will present at the exhibition providing the Stories for the stitching.



Stitching Stories – The Power of the Needle and Thread exhibition and talk takes place on Thursday 26th April at:

  • The Healthy Living Centre in Belcoo at 3pm       AND
  • The Gillaroo Centre in Garrison at 8pm

The exhibition will lead to a series of craft workshops with an opportunity to depict experiences of living in this border area. Participants are invited to bring along a piece of fabric which has sentimental meaning for them.


Project Development Worker, Isobel Cleary explains, ‘Our aims are to provide opportunities for women to continue to live, learn and socialise together across this border area; to share our experiences; to define ourselves as a strong cross-border community; and to find a way to express our hopes and concerns for the future of this area that we all call home.’

For further information about Women Along the Border Project, please contact Isobel at North Leitrim Women’s Centre: Phone +353(0) 719856220 or email womenalongtheborder@gmail.com  

Women Along the Border’ is supported by Leitrim County Council through the Leitrim County PEACE IV Partnership.The project will work with women along the Fermanagh Leitrim border, comprising the areas of Kinlough, Rossinver, Garrison, Kiltyclogher, Glenfarne, Cashel and Belcoo.  This project has been supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


April 26, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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