Socks, Pin Cushions and Stories exhibition

An exhibition of textile crafts and artefacts from the First World War period from Special Collections and Archives held at LJMU.


2nd – 28th February 2016

Hornby Room, Liverpool Central Library,

William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EW


Join Up For Crafts and Merseyside at War for this exhibition. During the First World War many women joined local initiatives such as the Women’s War Service Bureau and the Civic Service League, contributing their craft skills to knit thousands of pairs of socks for troops.

Crafters from across Merseyside have taken part in a series of workshops exploring traditional stitching and knitting techniques. Participants have gained skills to create ‘Sweetheart Pincushions’ and hand knitted socks for this exhibition recognising the unsung craftswomen of the First World War.

One of the founding colleges of Liverpool John Moores University was the Liverpool School of Cookery, established in 1875. This later became the F.L. Calder College of Domestic Science, which offered a range of courses to young women, including needlework. Students knitted socks for the 6th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment and mended garments for the Belgian Refugees housed in Liverpool.



‘Sweetheart Pin-brooches’

Saturday 13th February – 11am-3pm

Suitable for ages 8 and up 

Join us in the Hornby Library for this hands-on workshop creating mini ‘Sweetheart’ brooches inspired by the Pincushions in our display. 

Up For Crafts is brought to you by Voluntary Arts England in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside. Merseyside at War is a local history project commissioned by LJMU.                                                                                          

To find out more call the A-Team on 0151 794 0984 or visit Facebook: UpForCraftsLiverpool    


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