A stitch in time

Starting Feb. 20, you can make your mark — or rather, stitch — on Port Moody’s centennial.

That’s when the public is invited to check out the wall hanging  for the city’s 100th year and do a few stitches, too.

The wall hanging has been a labour of love for Ann Kitching, Rose Kapp and two dozen volunteers who have been embroidering dozens of iconic PoMo images for nearly the past two years.

Now, they want everyone to pitch in on the project during “stitch-ins” until March 1 at city hall from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We’re encouraging anybody from the community — you don’t have to be from Port Moody — to come and put a few stitches in there,” Kitching said. “You can put one stitch or a hundred.”

Stitchers’ names and their home city will be recorded and included in the book of people who have contributed to the wall hanging.

And there’s no need to know anything about stitching or embroidery, Kitching assures.

Stations will be set up in the Galleria with embroidery hoops and patterns on which people of all ages can add as many stitches as they like, with experts on hand to offer guidance. People will be able to get a sneak peek at the Stitching Our History wall hanging, but only a partial one since most of the 14-by-four-foot piece will be rolled up.

The big reveal is expected in September.


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