The sewing bee recalls a sewing circle or quilting group, at the domestic heart of a traditional community. The LGBT experience is often excluded from traditional domestic settings, and LGBT people are locked out from their own families and heritage. This event allowed LGBT people to share in a sense of community in safety. Michael Petry and Melissa Jo Smith curated a 'Sewing Bee' at MOCA's South London gallery. The event invited the LGBT network to come together as part of a sewing circle, try out ideas and share their stories. Everyone who came through the door was encouraged to decorate a handkerchief, either with hand embroidery or with a drawing, which was the reproduced on the sewing machine. Textile artists were on hand to offer guidance and advice and teach embroidery techniques and stitches. Between 40 and 50 people attended throughout the afternoon, meaning that all three tables were filled with participants at all times, and articipants were so absorbed that it was difficult to persuade them to leave!