Pandemic Patchwork Stories

Stitch For Change is a textiles and embroidery project, hosted by The Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, in response to the current public health crisis.  It aims to promote the meditative benefits of hand stitching and to provide a method of connection during a time of isolation and separation.  The project creates an online space for people to come together and find a collective voice. This is made possible through weekly Zoom sessions on Friday afternoons and regular sharing via the dedicated Facebook group.  

The project will see the creation of 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.  It is inspired by political quilts and arpilleras that have been used across the world to express feelings and beliefs in often challenging circumstances.  The finished piece will be displayed in a local exhibition space for the public to view.

You can participate by making a cloth square 6×6 or 11×11 inches (please leave a half inch border all round) with your chosen words or patchwork images, using fabric scraps, sewing, embroidery or other techniques you feel comfortable using.  Anyone can join in; if you need help with materials or skills you can join our Friday Zoom sessions for tips on stitching and how to gather inspiration.  

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. Completed patches should be posted to a central point; an address will be made available to you upon request.

For further information (including Zoom meeting ID) please visit our Facebook group.


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