Savick Library Bunting

A Joint Project with the Preston Branch and Savick Library

It was around May 2019 that the Preston Branch committee discussed possible community ideas for the Preston Arts Festival. Dee, our then Chair, suggested involving our local library at Savick in Preston. Jennifer the librarian has always been so accommodating of our group for National Celebration of Stitch days and we felt this would be an ideal solution to bringing our skills to the community and involve the local children in a joint project.

After some discussion with Jennifer it was decided to produce bunting for the library. The children would draw their favourite characters using fabric crayons and then EG members would enhance their drawings using stitch and make up the bunting flags.

The Preston Arts Society Committee were thrilled with our idea, especially as it involved local children. Materials had been bought, Jennifer had advertised the idea on the library website and Eventbrite and lots of parents had enquired about the character drawing sessions which would be held during the half-term week and weekends when the festival was on.

Then disaster struck- Savick library is housed in a part derelict building plot which is going to be demolished in the near future ready for a new library. A part of the ceiling in the library collapsed and everything was put on hold whilst remedial building work was carried out.

Several weeks later Jennifer managed to re-open the library and several of the committee went to the Saturday Lego club to encourage the children to draw their favourite book character. Even mums, dads and grandparents helped out and took to drawing. We were still several pieces short so at our last meeting in March before the Covid shutdown, some members took away pieces of fabrics for their grandchildren to draw characters.

It has been a slow project due to so many problems but the Preston members rallied on as they always do and finally by the September 2020 deadline I had received all the bunting flags, beautifully stitched with super character drawings.

Tracey Garvey and I stitched the flags to the grosgrain ribbon. We have two strings of bunting which Jennifer requested and the final pieces are absolutely fabulous.

It only leaves us to present them to the library. Unfortunately it still remains closed- building work and Covid continue to cause problems but no doubt in the future there will be a big celebration and presentation, especially as the plans for the new Library have been finally passed.  We can’t wait. In the meantime we will have to rely on the website to show off the children’s work.

Thanks to Preston EG members:  Andrea Boulton, Christine Chadwick, Mel Charters, Yvonne Downing, Tracey Garvey, Liz Holden, Mary Holden, Kath Howarth, Rosie Kirkham, Brenda Monkhouse, Annabelle Murchie, Janet Priest, Irene Pugmire, Ann Reading, Kath Roberts, Hilary Seed and Stephanie Spencer for all their hard work

More photographs and slideshows of the bunting can be seen on our website by going to

www.prestonembroiderersguild.co.uk

and clicking on the ‘Other News’

Ann Reading (Preston Branch Committee Member)