We're happy to share that last week, with much care and hard work, a group of 19 women from refugee and new migrant communities brought to life a range of beautifully made patchwork coats embroidered and embellished with Australian botanical applique inspired by Linda Jackson's past artworks and photos from her garden.
 These are another proud creation under our community program Earn & Learn, funded by the City of Parramatta Council Community Grant. 

These women were divided into two different groups and got to earn while they learned the different stages of putting the garment together. 
The first group was led by our amazing Production Manager Joss. They learned how to use industrial sewing machines to put together a felt coat - a silhouette donated by the iconic Australian fashion designer Linda Jackson made from fabric donated by our industry partners Camilla and Marc.

The second group learned how to create designs in applique using embroidery and beading techniques to embellish the coat under the expert guidance of Carolyn Pearce and Mary Brown of The Embroiders' Guild of NSW. 

The project is now finished and we're so proud of the results. If you're keen on rocking one of these unique patchwork coats this winter, watch this space as they'll soon be available in-store and online in early June! 

May 19, 2022 — TSO Staff

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