About the designer

A. A. Gill

Writer A.A. Gill was the mastermind behind one of Fine Cell Work's most striking - and most popular - designs of all time. He designed the needlepoint Prison Calendar Cushion for Fine Cell Work twenty years ago, and our stitchers still can't make them fast enough!

The iconic design has been translated into a tote bag and a tea towel, since its inception, the cushion has appeared in several additional colourways.


Support our work

By purchasing from Fine Cell Work, you are making social change. However, 75% of our rehabilitation programmes are funded through donations and grants. We know that transformation is possible - for our stitchers, for our communities, and for our society as a whole. Your support - through donations or by purchasing products - will help to break the devastating cycle of reoffending and repeated imprisonment.

£10 donation
Provides a prisoner with the materials for one tapestry cushion (100 hours of creative activity). 

£20 donation
Will enable us to continue providing paid, creative and productive work to even more prisoners around the UK, helping them to build a brighter future.

£50 donation
Sponsors a prisoner to train as a volunteer 'class coordinator', teaching and mentoring other prisoners.

£250 donation
Covers the volunteer costs of a stitching class in prison.

£500 donation
Pays for the training, materials and support for one prisoner for an entire year, helping them to rebuild a meaningful, independent,crime-free life.

By giving prisoners hope that transformation is truly possible, they can envision a meaningful life after release. But nobody tells the story of how Fine Cell Work has helped them better than the prisoners themselves:

“Stitching allows me to use a totally different part of my brain and personality. I can move away from the more difficult reflections and anxieties and feel creative and purposeful. This means I no longer feel that my life has come to a halt and that I am of no use to anyone else.”

- Tom, FCW Stitcher -

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

I am so pleased with this bookmark. I wanted one to replace my much loved one from Florence 25 years ago now sadly lost.
This is so nicely made and I love the design; translates so well from a cell wall to a bookmark!
It’s good to be able to support Fine Cell Work and the prisoners who do the embroidery. This comes close to to my favourite turkey Christmas tree ornament. Thankyou.

Victoria Bennett-Hall

Lovely idea, especially the detail of needles being the marks - you can just see the eyes.

Chris Barnes
Meticulous Work

The precise and delicate stitching on my 25-year bookmark is something I keep looking at in wonder. It is a beautiful, meticulous piece of work, and I am very pleased to have bought it.
The use of this design to convey Fine Cell Work’s 25th Anniversary was inspired and very appropriate.
Congratulations to all the Stitchers who have produced these excellent pieces.