Manchester Jewish Museum

Connecting through Crafts
Women'sTextile Group



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Do you want to join a new group, meet new people and learn new skills? Are you nifty with a needle or can spin a good yarn?

Our Women’s Textile group is a great place to make new friends and practice your textile craft. Working with different artists and guest speakers, the group works on a variety of creative projects.

In May we will be starting to create our new textile piece, inspired by the special Sabbath sound installation, Take A Load Off.  This installation was created from oral history clips in the museum’s collection of interviews with Jewish Mancunians talking about their meanings, memories and sensations of Sabbath. Now we would like to transfer their stories into a new textile piece. This is going to be our first meeting working on that project, so we’re going to get some materials together and make decisions around colours, textures, and what different materials will be best to use. If you’d like to join us and be a part of this exciting project please email Dara at

We meet at the museum on the second Thursday of every month. This is a friendly, safe and welcoming group open to any self-identifying woman from any faith. It’s a great way learn new creative skills and meet other women. It’s completely free and no sewing experience necessary!

What you need to know

Our Women’s Textile Group is FREE and open to any self-identifying women from any faith or background. We’ll provide refreshments and a friendly, safe and welcoming space.

What type of work does the Women’s Textile Group do?

In 2021 our Textile group worked with Turner Prize-winning French artist Laure Prouvost and local artist Jo Scorah to create an installation in The Ladies’ Gallery of our synagogue as part of Manchester International Festival.

Read more about their collaboration in MIF’s blog

A dress the group created during lockdown, exploring the members’ own different identities and heritages, will be featured as part of HOME’s Manchester Open Exhibition in 2022 as part of a celebration of Greater Manchester’s creative talent.

Read more about the dress and HOME exhibition

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