Grantham people have WW1 heroes in their hearts for museum project

A finished 'pincushion'  made by Deidre Collins.
A finished 'pincushion' made by Deidre Collins.
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Artist Sue Rowlands has been inspired by Grantham Museum’s WW1 exhibition to work with local people and create a piece of work which remembers loved ones affected by war.

Inspired by the Sweetheart Pincushions made by convalescent servicemen, schools and local stitching groups have been led by Sue to produce individual heart-shaped pieces of embroidery in a variety of styles.

Some pieces are tributes to family members and loved ones, but all the pieces link to WW1 in some way.

Sue has led popular workshops at two Grantham Schools, St Mary’s and Huntingtower, where the pupils have been engaged in the process of creating the embroideries and reflecting on WW1.

Members of two local stitching groups, Grantham Embroiderers Guild and Sit and Stitch are also working on embroideries for the project.

Sue will be joining all the pieces together to make bunting which will form part of the updated WW1 exhibition when the museum reopens. There will also be an original sweetheart pincushion from the Lincolnshire Museums collection on display.

Exhibitions director Christine Robins said: “Fittingly, the museum reopens on Saturday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, a very appropriate day to remember loved ones of WW1. We are delighted to be able to encourage local people to remember WW1 in this creative way.

“The Museum will be running a workshop on Saturday, February 28, for adults who would like to make their own Sweetheart Pincushion to add to the bunting. This will be suitable for all levels of sewing ability.”

For more details on the museum and exhibition go to www.granthammuseum.org.uk