Stitching in South Africa

Stitches for Survival has spread across the globe, including support from HEXLappies, a group of women from the Hex River Valley in South Africa. These beautiful panels are being displayed locally to raise awareness around climate change.

The HEXLappies group uses creativity to explore and record their experiences.

‘We foster conscious coming together, where the thoughts of grief and trauma can be explored, as well as joys from our lives’

‘In this time of COVID-19 everything shifted and it is now important for families to connect, listen to each other and make our own artwork for the future to remember this time’

Following their project documenting experiences of COVID-19, HEXLappies decided to create panels for Stitches for Survival. This short video shares their messages from South Africa. Unfortunately due to the high postage cost, the group had to make the difficult decision not to send the panels to Glasgow, but their local action and support was inspirational.

After COP26, the panels will be stitched into blankets and donated to a children’s home in De Doorns.

The rising numbers of people involved in Stitches for Survival demonstrate the massive global support for action to tackle climate change. Join the movement! Thank you to HEXLappies for their involvement.

Messages from HEXLappies:

Nicky Nyanga: ‘ Stop pollution our earth is burning’

Linda Botes: ‘I want a future for my children’

Hendritta van Eick: ‘I want a healthy environment’

Katrina Mokwena: ‘Happy nation, happy family, and love’

Sophia Killian: ‘I want to live in a healthy valley, I want Hex River Valley to be a healthy place’

Beverley C. Ranchod: ‘I want our rivers and oceans to be free of pollution’

Stitches for Survival at Mossmorran Protest

On August 1st, Craftivists took some of the Stitches for Survival Scarf to a rally at Mossmorran Oil and Gas Plant, organised by Climate Camp Scotland. The protest aimed to prevent the expansion of Scotland’s oil and gas industry and ultimately shut it down, to ensure a just transition for workers and to mobilise for climate justice.



Local Events across the UK

Stitches for Survival local groups have been getting busy this summer, stitching messages to demand action for climate protection. Go to our Regional Coordinators page to contact your local group and see how you can get involved. Here are a few of the great activities happening.

Bristol Stitchers regularly meet up at College Green to stitch and display their gorgeous panels and messages to the public.


Leeds Stitches for Survival hung their beautiful panels for Horsforth Walk of Art.


And at the North Leeds Snooker club…

Coventry Craftily Connected group put on an amazing display at the Albany Theatre.

Facebook group reaches 1k members

The Stitches For Survival call to action has really hit UK crafters’ strong climate and biodiversity concerns: our Facebook group has passed 1000 members!

There are many ways to join in with our craftivism – one being joining our Facebook community. The group was established in late March so the growth has been very encouraging!

It’s a great place to find inspiration and chat to other crafters during this time of limited opportunity to meet up. Here are some of the lovely sea-inspired panels taking shape: