A regular visitor to HMP Holloway Women’s Prison, the late Lady Anne Tree believed 2 things, that prison was often “a terrible waste of time…” and that needlepoint can be “a meditative way of thinking, of taking stock.” `
This was the beginning of Fine Cell Work, a charity and social business that trains UK male and female prisoners in skilled and creative needlework to build discipline and self-esteem. The inmates learn purpose and patience and being paid for their work (37% of the profit) allows them to support family outside prison and learn the financial value of hard work.
I initially stumbled across Fine Cell Work over a year ago, the website was a little rough round the edges with a handful of very charming cushions and some one off pieces. They’ve now really upped their game with a polished site, more sophisticated product range and a solid story.
Images. Fine Cell Work