Stitch for Change: Pandemic Patchwork Stories

We are creating a giant patchwork of individual stories, experiences and names, stitched together into one quilt – a record of community action and a shared narrative of the pandemic.

Stitch For Change is a project that responds to the current public health crisis by creating an online space for people to come together and find a collective voice. Social Distancing, Isolation, Lockdown: so many people are living in fear and anxiety, while frontline workers – often the lowest paid – are taking risks to help, feed and heal the sick and vulnerable. At the same time we are witnessing communities come together to help each other through this crisis.

Stitch for Change aims to provide the meditative benefits of hand stitching and a method of connection during a time of isolation and separation.

Together we will create:

  • A collaborative record of our experiences;
  • A people’s textile history of the pandemic;
  • Multiple messages of solidarity to frontline staff.

This project provides an open and a safe space for participants who may want to express their dissent towards the Government or speak out against greed, selfishness and corruption.


What can I do?

You can participate by making a cloth square 5″×5″ inch or 10 x 10 inches with your chosen word or message or patchwork image. You can use scrap fabric materials, sewing, embroidering and any other techniques you feel comfortable using – but the fabric should not be plastic. Anyone can join in.

You do not need to have any sewing skills to take part as we will run online sewing classes and we will learn from each other.

Your square should depict how you are feeling; what you are doing to pass the time; who you are worried about or missing, or messages of solidarity and hope – anything that expresses your experience.

The patches will be posted to a central point, where they will be sewn together to create a huge piece of textile art. Although we are stitching in isolation, the finished ‘quilt’ will join our experiences back together. Use words or pictures – or both.

You could also make a facemask with your message.

We will run several mask-making workshops to support you with this.

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