Cloth of Kindness

Cloth of Kindness use the soothing process of the hand-sewn words to show the many acts of kindness and compassion that have been experienced through 2020, as we battle the impact and effects on us all, by COVID-19.

The Cloth of Kindness is a community led health and well-being textile arts project. We will be working with Connecting Bowthorpe and The Bowthorpe Arts Festival to make a Cloth of Kindness called Finding Light In Darkness which will be displayed at the Bowthorpe Arts Festival on the 26 & 27 July 2021.

A Cloth of Kindness is made up of small patches of cloth, embroidered with words of love and kindness. The project is targeted towards older adults who have found themselves particularly isolated because of COVID-19. No previous skills are needed, just willingness to hand-sew your thoughts and experiences of kindness on individual patches, which are then sewn together to make a Cloth of Kindness.

Normally Cloth of Kindness delivers sewing workshops to groups face-to-face. For now we will distribute sewing packs which will have materials, threads, a needle and instructions on how to get started with examples of Simple Stitches you can use.

Where to collect packs:

When: Available from Fri 8 Jan 2021.

Where: Packs can be collected/requested from Bowthorpe Church Centre, Bowthorpe Hall, Road NR5 9AA (Opposite, Roy’s car park) or via email on

Individuals can be guided through from the comfort of their own home. Please don’t worry if you have never sewn before. You won’t be working alone. You can get advice and share pictures of your work, which will be put on the Cloth of Kindness Instagram page and on the Bowthorpe Arts Festival Face

book page. We will also have videos to support you at .

Returned patch’s:

Patches should be returned by Thu 15 Apr 2021

Completed patch’s to be sent to 11, Layer Close, Chapel Break, NR5 9NS or through the letterbox at, Bowthorpe Church Centre (address details above).


For information about the project please email Lucy Care or email Sally-Anne or Gill at



Cloth of Kindness is a trademarked Community Health & Wellbeing Arts Project run by Sally-Anne Lomas and Gill Perks.