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Cloth of Kindness

Cloth of Kindness: Finding Light in Darkness

Norwich Theatre is working with Cloth of Kindness as part of the Creative Community Recovery Programme. 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 2020/2021, 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.


How do I join in?

Normally Cloth of Kindness delivers sewing workshops to groups face-to-face, but in light of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be holding online zoom sewing workshops in February and March. We will provide updates about these sessions soon. In the meantime, 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.


Help & Support

Please don’t worry if you have never sewn before, you won’t be working alone! Individuals can be guided from the comfort of their own home by heading to the Cloth of Kindness website with a series of helpful tutorial videos in ‘Sewers Corner’.

You can also share pictures of your work, which will be published on the Cloth of Kindness Instagram account and the Bowthorpe Arts Festival Facebook group.

Where to collect packs:

When: Available from Fri 8 Jan 2021

Where: Packs can requested via email by contacting

Returned patch’s: Completed patches to be sent to Cloth of Kindness, 11 Wellington Road, Norwich, NR2 3HT or through the letterbox at Bowthorpe Church Centre (Bowthorpe Church Centre, Bowthorpe Hall, Road NR5 9AA)

Patches should be returned by Thu 15 Apr 2021

For information about the project please email Gill at

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

We would love to see your contributions!

Cloth of Kindness

Each patch tells its own story and collectively we can make something beautiful. Our vision for the future is to continue to stitch together vulnerable communities so that everyone is enfolded in a Cloth of Kindness.

The Cloth of Kindness has made a number of beautiful Cloths working with different community groups. You can find previous examples via their website.