Fine Cell Work are holding a Christmas Emporium on Wednesday 10th November 2010 at 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11. The sale will be open from 10am - 6pm and admission is free.
 
Patchwork Owls
Patchwork owl £18
 
This is a one-day sale of beautiful embroidery and needlework, handmade by inmates in UK prisons. On sale are a range of exquisitely made cushions and quilts featuring contemporary and traditional designs. There is something to suit every home style, including throws, quilts, cosies, bags and cute patchwork creatures. The homeware collections are created by leading names in design such as Charlene Mullen, Kaffe Fassett, Cath Kidston and Nicky Haslam providing diverse styles and patterns that suit every home. This year, Fine Cell Work are introducing a new range of embroidered items as well which include witty “SWAG BAGS”, making for both a practical and fun fashion statement; tea cosies – a nod to trendy tea parties; and a charming range of small animals to treasure as keepsakes – ideal for stocking fillers.
Fish cushion, designed by Karen Nicol, fine needlepoint
£95SWAG bag £35
Fish cushion, designed by Karen Nicol, fine needlepoint £95
SWAG bag £35
 

Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products. The earnings give them hope, skills and independence. Stitchers spend an average of twenty hours a week doing embroidery in their cells; it’s a way of life that enables them to serve their time with dignity and purpose. Fine Cell Work is done in 30 prisons and 80% of the stitchers are men. All the classes have waiting lists.

Fine Cell Work trains and pays inmates to do top quality embroidery and soft furnishings in prison, encouraging them to come out with new skills and hope for a better future.  "Fine Cell Work gives these men dignity in work and through this, dignity in life. When a man gains self-respect he may start addressing his offending behaviour” Officer, HMP Wandsworth

Products can also be purchased from Fine Cell Work online at www.finecellwork.co.uk