Pupils pick up the pieces

Herald Series: Our Lady’s Abingdon pupils Anna Gibson, left, and Elise Hearn, with some of the jigsaw pieces.  Picture: OX65858 Damian Halliwell Buy this photo Our Lady’s Abingdon pupils Anna Gibson, left, and Elise Hearn, with some of the jigsaw pieces. Picture: OX65858 Damian Halliwell

AN EXHIBITION of 300 hand-stitched jigsaw pieces stopped at an Abingdon school this week on its tour around the UK.

Last year staff and pupils at Our Lady’s Abingdon created almost 40 jigsaw pieces for nationwide The Jigsaw Project.

The project supported Save the Children’s 2013 Race Against Hunger campaign.

Each of the pieces had a message or image of hope stitched onto it.

Textiles teacher Karen Rowe and friend Alex Messenger arranged for the exhibition to stop off at the Radley Road school.

Pupils Anna Gibson and Elise Hearn, both 16, helped hand-stitch jigsaw pieces for the project.

Anna said: “We got to create our own designs and Mrs Rowe was really enthusiastic, so it was a fun project to work on. We all wanted to do our best for the Save the Children campaign because the message is so important.”

Elise added: “Now that the exhibition is back in the school it’s great to think that we contributed to it, and that so many other people from around the country got involved too.”

Mrs Rowe said: “We have been energised by the whole idea of using craft to communicate important ideas.”

The public exhibition runs until Friday, March 21.

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