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!

We have been featured in this BuzzFeed article on people who use crafting for activism, which looks at Betsy Greers new book (which we are in!)! Yey! Thank you Betsy! Thank you Buzzfeed! 

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.


A range of photographs for you from yesterday! There is our new addition 3rd panel and some bags made within workshops! 

Thank you to everyone who came along yesterday and got involved! I know a few are still working on theirs and I look forward to seeing them!

Huge thanks again to Packhorse Gallery for being brilliant hosts! The project will remain on exhibition until the end of the month, and there is something in the works to get a handful exhibited somewhere new…TBC!

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!

Whilst setting up The Blood Bag Projects latest exhibition, I bumped into my old university lecturer - she took a few photographs during the process!  

I also spoke to a lovely elderly lady who loved the project and had been a blood donor in the past!

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!