2022 prompts for #SeptTextileLove

Are you ready to share and celebrate all things textile? seam collective’s Instagram Challenge #SeptTextileLove starts tomorrow – expect colour, texture, conversation, community, inspiration, connections and much more!

You can be from anywhere in the world – all you need is some gorgeous images of textiles, an Instagram account (and Internet connection!) and to make sure that you use the exact hashtag #SeptTextileLove to join in. You may have just started making, you may have been an enthusiast for a while, or you may be a professional – everyone is welcome.

The prompts are below and also on our Instagram page @seam_collective. We’ve had fun thinking up 16 new prompts for everyone and kept some old favourites. The rules haven’t changed; there is a different prompt for every day in September and you can respond with an Instagram post on your own feed, to as many or as few prompts as you wish. If you are feeling organised you can also download our pdf planner.

The prompts are all about sharing a different aspect of your love of textiles each day. It is inspiring to read how everyone interprets our prompts differently, tells their own textile stories, and has amazing textile conversations. Don’t worry if a prompt doesn’t apply to you and your work – just skip that day.

The prompts always start with introductions to you and your work, and what you are doing now. We have added a few more abstract / open-ended prompts this year – let us know what you think. I am really looking forward to our conversations about ‘Thinking through making‘ – what do you think about whilst making? does making help you think and design? how do you decide what to do next? …

Sloppy craft‘ may be a new idea for you – it was for me around six months ago when new seam member Lou Baker introduced the term. Sloppy craft1 is the idea of deciding to let go a little (or a lot), deciding not to strive for perfect mastery of technique or finishing, which can be a large part of craft and textiles. It is probably more difficult for a weaver like me to think about this, when setting up a loom sloppily could end in disaster and the weaving take four times as long! But I do like the texture and spontaneity that have come from some of my mistakes and trying new things out – maybe it’s time for me to think more deliberately about sloppy…

Remember; use the exact hashtag #SeptTextileLove so we, and everyone participating, can find your posts, like and comment on them, and talk textiles! (It’s also helpful if you include the prompt you are responding to, as sometimes different time zones can make it difficult to tell which post is for which day or prompt.)

We are looking forward to getting to know you and your textiles, talking about textiles, and meeting up with participants from previous years and seeing how your work has changed this year.

See you tomorrow on Instagram!

Penny Wheeler

  1. If you are interested in the concept of sloppy craft, there is also the book:
    Patterson, E. and Surette, S. (2015) Sloppy craft: Postdisciplinarity and the crafts, London: Bloomsbury