Heaton Map – paint, print and Pom poms at Martha & Mary’s 

This afternoon the second map making workshop took place. This time it was a Drop In session at Martha & Mary’s Cafe on Chillingham Road.

Ready for Action!  
I’d selected the section of the map with the cafe in it – with the proviso that a certain primary school was left for the pupils to complete next week – see you next Wednesday Y4 at Chillingham Road 😄.

I made good use of my bargain new ‘Spotty Dotty Shopping Trolley’ to carry over the materials – but I may have to fit wheels to my fold up table- that thing is heavy!

(Perfect for Art Workshop Transportation!)

It got quite cosy in the back room of the cafe with about a dozen women from local churches and the mosque all squeezing in to paint and print up the section of map.

That long red stripe you can see is Chillingham Road!

There were a lot of houses to print on this section – but that’s not surprising as there are about 11,000 people living in Heaton – if they all come to the festival we are going to need a lot of pom-poms- talking of which…


These participants are using the new pom-pom makers, clip together plastic semi-circles that really speed up the process – if you want to make some green Pom-poms for us these kits can easily be found online😉

As with yesterday’s session at Heaton Manor, I asked everyone to note in my ideas book why they like living in Heaton, and also to print a small piece of fabric that will be used as a marker on the day of the Festival (June 27th – don’t forget!)

So for the next couple of days I’ll be in my studio finalising the map sections done this week and prepping the metre squares ready for next week’s workshops. I’ll post pictures here.

Thank you to everyone who joined in today – hope the fabric paint washes out of your clothes! I look forward to seeing you again on the 27th.
And a BIG thank you to all at Martha and Mary’s for hosting this afternoon’s workshop!

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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