LOCAL WEAVERS JOIN THE WAR AGAINST COVID-19

22 May 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The clacking of the looms has stopped in handweaver Liz Christy’s Swallow Studios at Annyalla, Castleblayney, replaced by the crisp clip-clip sound of sharp scissors on fabric. What are being produced are garments known as scrubs, cut for key healthcare personnel to assist in their fight against the Coronavirus. The scrubs are produced remotely by a team of sewers working from their own homes, all in a voluntary capacity. The garments are then delivered free of charge to Covid-19 testing centres, hospitals, public health nurses and care homes throughout Co Monaghan. Liz and her team have over 160 requests and are working hard to get a set of scrubs to everyone who needs them. The project started with an Instagram message to Liz from Geraldine Smyth Gorman, an occupational therapist, asking her to sew some scrubs for the local Covid-19 testing centre at Cloghan and the Crannog Assessment Centre….

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