A massive thank you to all who took part in this year’s #SeptTextileLove.

We hope you enjoyed the daily challenge as much as we did.

The posts were filled with truly remarkable images of inspiration and talent. The range of disciplines taking part was again diverse – weavers, embroiderers, knitters, dyers, lace-makers, quilters, fashion designer/makers to name but a few. It’s exciting to see textile practices becoming part of a wider conversation.

A screen shot of some of the wonderful images from #SeptTextileLove 2019

Having this daily initiative can trigger ideas and sharing with a wider community is a great way to receive feedback and make connections with like minded creatives. There have also been some very moving accounts of events in peoples lives and how textiles has helped with recovery and offering a space to navigate a way forward. The joy and moments of quiet reflection that craft skills can bring should not be underestimated.

It’s great to see different interpretations of the more tricky themes, like the ‘gritty’ prompt. Some responses were literal, with rocks, stones and pavements. Some showing sheer grit and determination, and some exploring the gritty aspects of society and politics in their textile artworks.

Also, with an eye on climate change, looking at ways to recycle, reuse and repurpose, has never been more relevant. This is certainly the way forward and is fundamental in keeping crafts alive.

I looked back through the posts to try and select some to share here but I struggled to narrow it down to a few images as there are so many great ones, so I would encourage you to revisit them yourself by clicking on this link, #SeptTextileLove.

Be sure that #SeptTextileLove will be back in 2020 so if you haven’t already signed up to our newsletter, now is a good time to get a reminder and early prompts.

We’re always looking to improve the challenge and make it fun and informative for everyone to take part, so we would value your input.  What prompts would or wouldn’t you like to see next year? Let us know in a comment here or @seam_collective on Instagram.
Joy Merron