A crafty start to the week!

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Br Dr Harriet Shortt

This is for anyone interested in crafting, the NHS, midwifery, dignity in care-giving professions, and creative/ arts-based methods…and if you can knit or crochet, please read on, your help is needed!

My friend Jenny Hall, who used to work here at UWE and is now at Bournemouth, has a lovely website and writes a fantastic blog on her academic crafting/ quilting work and midwifery. I thought some of you might be interested in her recent blog on the experience of women during the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the commemorative quilt that has been made to remember these women and ‘celebrate their life-long involvement with struggles for equality, nationalism and social justice’: http://www.midwiferyquilt.co.uk/hidden-voices-the-easter-rising-1916-77-women-commemorative-quilt/

Another amazing project Jenny is involved in is ‘The Knitted Midwife’. There are now a shortage of 3500 midwives in this country! So, to raise awareness about the shortage of staff in this remarkable profession, people are getting together to knit (or crochet, or felt) 3500 mini midwives for The Royal College of Midwives conference that is taking place in October. Please see details here: https://knittedmidwife.wordpress.com/

If you could share details of ‘The Knitted Midwife’ among your connections it would be wonderful, as most of us have had contact with a midwife at some point! The blog link is above and they have a Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/knittedmidwife/timeline and you can follow the project on Twitter @knittedmidwife #knitamidwife

The project organisers are also kindly asking that any knitted contributions come with a short message from their maker as to why they have got involved; the stories are being gathered for future research work.

Thanks everyone!

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