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Stitch In Time

Create embroidery designs by writing computer programs together with the University of Warwick's WMG department and local primary schools. 


Designed for age 9+

Free Admission - Book at reception on the day, limited spaces available

Stitch In Time is a collaborative project between the University of Warwick’s WMG department and local primary schools for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Taking inspiration from Coventry’s textiles history, children learn to create embroidery designs by writing computer programs. For May half term WMG are extending this project to give access to families to use Turtlestitch software on laptops, to write a program which instructs a digital embroidery machine to stitch their design. Turtlestitch is a free programming platform created by Andrea Mayr-Stalder and Michael Aschauer. This learning is explicitly linked to the year 5 and 6 maths and computing programmes of study in the national curriculum for England.  

Through a series of exercises, the children learn to write computer programs to draw out shapes, applying their knowledge of geometry and measurement. Then they create a pattern based on their own design inspired by Coventry, adapting it to take advantage of the greater intricacy which can be achieved by the embroidery machine. 

Children will discover future technologies and the breath of engineering available to them, building on their maths and computing skills. After experiencing the digital possibilities available in the 21st century, visit our History Gallery to see where it all began with the invention of the Jacquard loom which is considered the predecessor to modern computing. 

Find out more about the Stitch in Time project from WMG. 



Covid-19 Safety Measures

We want you to feel safe and assured that attending our workshops will enable you to have a fun and engaging experience with your children. Here is what we are doing to ensure this for you:

  • Workshops are bookable in advance only. This way we can guarantee we are within our capacity for the space we are using and set the room up to suit the number of people booked on.
  • Visitors will not be permitted to enter the workshop if they have not booked in advance.
  • Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and exiting the room.
  • Hand sanitizer available throughout the session.
  • Each family, from the same household, will have their own dedicated workstation, with social distancing in place between you and the next workstation.
  • Each child will receive their own dedicated kit to work with, which will have been cleaned beforehand using antibacterial products and stored in a way to keep them clean and sanitized until the time comes for your child to use their kit.
  • The workshop location has gone through a thorough deep clean and continues to be cleaned thoroughly after each use.
  • A member of staff will be with you throughout the workshop, wearing a clear face visor and will keep a safe distance from you whilst guiding you, talking to you and helping you to have an enjoyable experience.
  • If you have any concerns or questions prior to booking/attending this workshop, please contact (Family Learning Officer).