‘Raindrop birds’ stitching workshop

We are delighted to welcome local artist, teacher and maker of hand-crafted items, Gaynor Devaney to the Old Low Light Heritage Centre for a half day workshop.

With Gaynor’s expert help, participants will stitch ‘raindrop birds’ which can be attached to gifts, Christmas trees and mobiles. Each participant will take away at least one bird and a pattern that they can use at home.

Gaynor, who has worked in the community for many years as an artist and teacher, including for organisations such as the Tyne and Wear Museums Service, the National Trust as well as hospitals and schools, said: “The birds are a nice thing to make in the run up to Christmas because they can be used in lots of different decorative ways. We use felt and recycled materials and it involves basic sewing because the birds have embroidered eyes and need to be sewn up.”

She is also a founder member of SEW NE29, a community group for people who like to stitch, which meets on the second Saturday of the month at Christ Church Parish Hall. Over the past two years the group has actively encouraged sewing projects during pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, sending out kits that people could work with at home and running online sessions.

Further information about Gaynor’s craft work is available at

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