At the start of this year (2021) I joined the stitch-a-long ’52 tags hannemade’ by Anne Brooke Textile artist on youtube/Instagram. The plan is to stitch a tag a week for 52 weeks and attach them to a hoop display. The back of the tag has the date, the stitch information and a meaning behind that weeks’ prompt. I have found its a good way to kickstart my textiles work, try out new stitches and colours/textures and a way of using up my left overs.
What is more important though, is the connection made with others during the pandemic. It has been something to divert attention into, something calming, connecting, there are now people from all over the world taking up Anne’s offer to create. There have been so many stories of healing, shared experiences through something that on the face of things seems so simple. The weekly tag has become an anchor for many, a part of the week to look forward to, it takes people on a journey, an exploration too, some weeks have had ‘found objects’ or adding something that someone has given you – like a button, or something that reminds you of someone or a place, texture, colour. Each tag is telling its own visual story. There are also ways to explore sewing, if you have never tried it before, its such a calming and soothing activity, and so rewarding.
This is my journey so far…
Week One – Tag One “all white”
Week Two – Tag Two “all heart”
Week Three – Tag Three ” Scrappy Tag”
Week Four – Tag Four “Fly Stitch”
Week 5 – Tag Five “kisses”
Week Six – Tag Six “a bevy of buttons”
Week Seven – Tag Seven ” Hexis”
Week Eight – Tag Eight “French knot, bullion knot, pistol stitch”
Week Nine – Tag Nine “Bits and pieces”
I’m thinking of replacing the brown tags with fabric and ribbon attachments, as the brown cardboard isn’t very aesthetically pleasing to me, it was all had tag related available in my stash at the start of the year.