Prisoners’ delicate needlework on display at Wiveton Hall

Wiveton Hall Farm Cafe.

Wiveton Hall Farm Cafe. - Credit: Colin Finch

Delicate needlework created by serving prisoners will be showcased at an event in north Norfolk this weekend.

The old stereotype of prisoners stitching coarse mail sacks has made way for them doing exquisite tapestry, needlepoint and embroidery.

Examples of their work from all over the country will be displayed at Wiveton Hall on Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21.

Former prisoners will give talks explaining how learning to stitch transformed their experience of prison and behaviour patterns.

A governor will also explain the impact the hobby had on his prison population.

The project is run by Fine Cell Work - a pioneering social enterprise which teaches the handicraft to prisoners.

There will be work created in 29 UK prisons - and the first chance to buy from the new collection of seaside-inspired cushions decorated with conch and ammonite shells using complex French knot techniques. Each shell takes 8-10 hours to embroider.

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The sale also includes quilts and shopping bags.

The event is open from 10am to 4pm with free entry. Fine out more at

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