Fun, Hands-on Children's Textile


Saturday, 28th May 2022


Fun, hands-on textile workshop for children and families with artist Sonia Tuttiett, from East London Textile Arts


Join textile artist Sonia Tuttiett for a fun, hands-on textile workshop as a family or group of friends. Explore themes of friendship and community, get to know the story of 'The Four Friends' from the ancient fables of Kalila wa Dimna, and get creative by designing and decorating your own felt Friendship Figure to take home.


In the workshop children will be introduced to simple embroidery stitches and fabric paints. They will also get the chance to view the textile work of other children showcased at Kalila wa Dimna: Ancient Tales for Troubled Times exhibition.

All materials needed to make the felt figures during the workshop will be provided.


Important note: children must be accompanied by an adult. Activity suitable for children aged 8+. Sharp needles and scissors will be used under supervision. The artist can make adjustments for younger children, as long as they are properly supervised by an adult.


Book on one of four sessions:
Session 1: 12:00 to 13:00
Session 2: 13:00 to 14:00
Session 3: 14:00 to 15:00
Session 4: 15:00 to 16:00


Participants are asked to arrive on time as there is no waiting period between sessions.



East London Textile Arts is a textile collective, running participatory textile projects in Newham, East London. ELTA believes textiles of the highest quality can be made within communities. The collective works with diverse groups on a long-term developmental basis building a range of skills. They create striking artworks for exhibitions and sell their cards, decorated papers and printed fabrics at open days, and exhibitions. ELTA works with adults with learning disabilities, and collaborate with community, cultural and academic organisations. They create work with their own textile artists, while inviting visiting artists to join projects, and train unemployed young people in textile and community skills. They are led by Sonia Tuttiett and Celia Ward.



Kalila wa Dimna: Ancient Tales for Troubled Times has developed out of the work of Language Acts and Worldmaking, a flagship project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project is principally funded by The National Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Language Acts and Worldmaking. The exhibition is hosted by the P21 Gallery.