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‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’ Community Textile Artwork

‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’ Community Textile Artwork

As well as the planned exhibition ‘Chesterfield in Lockdown’, Chesterfield Museum is promoting a new project to create something special.

A wall hanging, a textile artwork made up of fabric squares, that will commemorate a shared narrative of lockdown in our town.

The museum wants to encourage local people, community groups and schools all over the Borough to take part.

Each square will be a personal creation; sewn, knitted, decorated, designed, painted, dyed or printed by individuals, families, friends and groups from all over Chesterfield.

Rachel Textile Image

These squares, once brought together, will convey a wide range of experiences, memories and stories, forming a stunning textile artwork and legacy for the future.

Please click on the instructions to find out how to create a wonderful fabric square and become part of this fantastic community project.

Local artist Lucie Maycock has created a video workshop with hints and tips to show you how to create your very own fabric square.

Part 1 shows you how to create the square and what materials to use, how to measure it out as well as ideas to inspire your designs and techniques to make them come alive.

Part 2 continues with more ideas and techniques you could use to create your unique fabric square which expresses your 'lockdown experience'.

We hope these video's have given you lots of hints, tips and ideas and that you've been inspired to have a go at creating your own.

For even more inspiration, take a look at the fabulous designs which our staff have created and some more hints and tips to help you create your own.

We have a provisional deadline for submissions of the end of August 2021, but this will be subject to any future Government restrictions.

When you send in / hand in your square, please make sure you have included the submission slip provided with the instructions. Chesterfield Museum will need your contact details. We’d also love you to include a personal comment about what your fabric square represents.

You can send all finished squares and submission slips by post to:

Lockdown Textile Project

Chesterfield Museum

St Mary’s Gate


S41 7TD

or please hand in at the museum. We are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am until 4pm. 

If you have any questions or queries about this project please email museum.collections@chesterfield.gov.uk or rachel.fannen@chesterfield.gov.uk, or call 01246 936225.

Last updated on 31 December 2021