Welcome! Here, in the kitchen of the Sint-Josephkerk in Utrecht, I recreated the experience I had working with a women’s sewing group in a community center. Sit down and enjoy a cup of Moroccan mint tea and the smell of pancakes, while the tablecloth starts to whisper to you its story...

Encounters through textiles are an old practice. From the people embroidering together in medieval workshops, to the dedicated people who keep the practice of needlework alive in our present. Community grows slowly, as it roots reach deeper and deeper over time. Working together with the hands does help in reinforcing the community feeling; after all you work together on a fairly intimate level. These old collective needlework practices are the places where stories are shared, and passed down. Sewing spaces are spaces for storytelling; the stories on the embroideries and quilts, and also the chatter between the makers. It is a place for passing down both visual and oral histories.

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