The art of storytelling through textiles, exploring the many ways in which narrative can be expressed through cloth and needle.

Strange Material explores the relationship between handmade textiles and storytelling. Through text, the act of weaving a tale or dropping a thread takes on new meaning for those who previously have seen textiles―quilts, blankets, articles of clothing, and more―only as functional objects. This book showcases crafters who take storytelling off the page and into the mediums of batik, stitching, dyeing, fabric painting, knitting, crochet, and weaving, creating objects that bear their messages proudly, from personal memoir and cultural fables to pictorial histories and wearable fictions.

Not only is The Blood Bag Project going to be in Betsy Greer’s new book this year, but it will be in Leanne Prain’s too!

VERY excited to tell you all that The Blood Bag Project have been invited to do a presentation in the Talk Tipi at this years The Contemporary Craft Fair! AND, we are the first of the entire weekend!! Scary but SUPER exciting!!!

A dozen or so textile blood bags will be shown as part of a pop up exhibition in Bedford!

The lovely Mr X Stitch is holding Bedpop Pop Up Shop on Bedford High Street between 28th April - 4th May! 

We will feature alongside local Embroiderers’ Guild groups, assorted individuals from across the internets, as well as pieces from Hanne Bang’s “In a War Someone Has To Die” hankie installation.


Today, thanks to the help of two lovely WI ladies, I managed to get my mitts on a hard copy of Woman’s World!  It looks so exciting in the flesh!  Massive thanks again to Rin Hamburg for including the project in her article about Craftivism, and to Hayley and her friend for helping me get a copy!

Of course, you all can still see a digital version here - pages 82-86!

A few photographs from todays workshop! I wish I’d taken more but we were all just so busy sewing! :) Thank you to everyone who came!

GOOD NEWS! There will be another free drop-in workshop at Packhorse Gallery on Monday the 17th March between 1pm-3.30pm!

MORE GOOD NEWS! The Project will now exhibited for a few weeks longer than intended! Another 75 bags will also be added to the display!

HUGE thanks to Packhorse Gallery for all their support! :)

Thanks Packhorse Gallery for having us! Can’t wait for Friday’s free drop-in workshop (11am-2pm)! :)

The publishing of Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism by the wonderful Betsy Greer is getting closer, and I couldn’t be more excited! This is a book I’d always be excited about, but the fact The Blood Bag Project is in it means I’m about to burst! 
You can now ‘look inside’ on Amazon and get a glimpse of The Blood Bag Project on page 17! What a tease!

Here are a few photographs from the current exhibition at Packhorse Gallery in Huddersfield! There are approx. 150 of our 300 bags on display until the 10th march! There is also a free drop-in workshop on Friday 7th march between 1am-2pm!


24th February - 3rd March - Packhorse Gallery, Huddersfield

The Blood Bag Project will be exhibiting a selection of the bags donated so far! Come along and see them all in person and learn more about the project!

There may even be a free workshop will all materials provided - TBC

Set up will begin on the 24th February and take down will happen on the 3rd March - come along and say hi or lend a hand!

You can also browse art work by other local artists while your there - who knows, you might go home with something unique!


The exhibition dates have been extended! The project will now show between the 24th February-10th March! There will also be a FREE drop-in workshop on Friday the 7th March between 11am-2pm in the gallery. All materials will be provided to make your own textile blood bag!

Alice, 18, textile Design Student, Huddersfield