Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never done any craftivism or cross stitching before – can I still participate?
Yes! This project is suitable for everyone and we have collated a range of tools, resources and support to help first-timers like you to get started.
What is the deadline for completing my piece?
The deadline for submission is the 31 August 2020. If there are any changes to this date we will notify you via our mailing list.
I’m under 18, can I participate?
Yes, we welcome submissions from everyone – no matter how old you are. If you are under 18 just make sure you get a parent or guardian to help you fill out the submission forms.
I would like to stitch a design created by someone else, is that okay?
Yes – you are welcome to stitch someone else’s design as long as you credit them appropriately and where possible get permission from the original designer.
Is there a size limit?
As cross stitching is a time consuming medium we suggest you start small, most cross stitch designs are no bigger than the size of a regular sheet of paper. However, if you want to make something bigger, keep in mind that the upper size limit for pieces that will be accepted for the exhibition is one meter square.
Does the piece I make have to be cross stitched?
No – if you prefer to work in some other style of embroidery or even a different textile based medium you are welcome to do so. In fact, because coronavirus restrictions mean many of us only have access to the craft materials we have at home, we welcome submissions made using any 2D medium, from collage to printmaking.
Does craftivism work?
Needless to say, our answer is yes! However, there is much debate about whether or not craftivism is an effective strategy for activism and advocacy. So, to give you an opportunity to make up your own mind, we have collated a range of books, articles and relevant readings that explore this question. These can all be found on the Tools and Resources page.