I’ve been getting into cross stitch again thanks to the Stitching Out Stigma project.
This included a kit for a friend which reminded her her of being with her two sister and I completed Peter Rabbit though I think he needs something extra round him.
I also found a sweet one I’d made from The Bellwether which I must do something with as it’s crying out to be given a cute wee frame.
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Some posts are easy to write whilst others are very difficult. This is one of the difficult ones as it is about me, my life with depression and a fab cross stitch project set up by a fellow sufferer. … Continue reading
Insomniacs like me might have already stumbled over this wee gem of a radio series but if not its worth seeking out Amanda Vickery’s A History of Private Life. It’s on BBC Radio 4 Extra in the UK, each episode is only 15 minutes long and looks at life in people’s homes. Being nosey I find it fascinating, yes even when she reads lists of pots to be mended in an 18th century home.
The episode I thought you’d love is the one on embroidery, cross stitch and tenting and how it not only occupied young women but saved them for awkward silences – in the days before you could stare at a TV screen – and even helped their mental wellbeing.
Here’s a link to the episode called Ornamenting the Home which I believe is available for the next 4 weeks.
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Just over a month ago I joined other curious folk at Cushion & Cake to meet Sarah Corbett to find out more about craftivism.
During the meeting we contemplated what our legacy (or footprint) would be on earth. This was assisted by the CC footprint pack which required us to think of a phrase or quote that meant something to us. We then started to embroider the phrase onto a footprint for us to keep and contemplate on while Sarah explained more about craftivism.
Craftivism is a slow contemplative form of activism. There’s no shouting or banging of drums but rather while you stitch your mini protest banner or Don’t Blow It hankie for your MP you have space to think about your cause. When you’re finished photograph it, blog about it and start spreading the word. Who knows how many people will stop, look and think about the mini protest banner you put up in a public place.
Don’t get me wrong I believe that marches and demonstrations can create change too but this allows the individual to have an impact too.
I chose a quote I found on a gravestone that resonates with me
as measured rolls of set music we march to the grave in quick and slow step.
It might not seem cheery at first however it reminds me not to judge others and that I can still make my voice heard along with those whose voices have been muffled.
Some of us have subsequently met up to finish our footprints and have some interesting plans to take it forward…but that’s for a future post:-)
Here are some useful links to find out about this growing movement:
What is craftivism?
How to host your own stitch in
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After years of thinking about creating an event for Scottish Refugee Week I’ve finally taken the plunge. I worked with refugees for 10 years and talked about embroidery with them. I was intrigued by the similarities and differences in this textile work … Continue reading
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queens flyer I’m one excited (& nervous) gal as last weekend I dropped off my piece for an exhibition at the Virginia Gallery(*) in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Ian and Drew, the owners, thought they would celebrate the queen’s jubilee in … Continue reading