How to get involved

Knit, crochet, stitch or craft as many pieces of the scarf as you would like and are able to — in green or blue yarn, fabric and thread.

Each piece of the scarf needs to measure 60cm x 100cm. This will make it much easier to assemble the full ‘scarf’, and also help re-purpose the pieces for blankets. The shorter edges will be the ones we join together so each piece will contribute 100cm to the length of the scarf. So if you want to do an image or writing on your piece make sure it is the right way up (60cm high and 100cm wide).

Pieces can be plain or intricate, include designs of animals or plants threatened with extinction, or include words in any language. Be creative!

Passionate about one particular climate/biodiversity issue? Stitches For Survival is about them all:

Knitters for Critters — could you support children in your local school to knit/stitch some sections with images of creatures threatened with extinction?

Or focus on international solidarity with a together-knit.

Bring your panels to Glasgow during COP26 on the 6th and 7th November, to display our 1.5 miles of scarf on Glasgow Green Drying Polls . We would LOVE it if as many people could join us at the event, to show world leaders our commitment to protecting the planet. It will be an amazing couple of days! Everyone is very welcome and we encourage as many people to come as possible.

Up until COP26, get together with others in your local area — either physically in a public place or virtually as regulations allow. Post photos on social media and encourage others to take part. Tell the local press and radio about what you are doing and why. You can download the Stitches For Survival logo here. There is also a PDF version of the logo plus website address for printing out.

Organise monthly knitathons or stitchathons.

Sew together the pieces in sections up to 20 and roll out your local section in a public place and use it for campaigning — outside the offices of oil companies or big banks investing in fossil fuels; at local authority headquarters to push for divestment etc. We hope that the Stitches For Survival scarf will be used for campaigning on a local, national and international level.

Help grow our community by sharing templates, patterns, ‘how to’ videos and crafting ideas on the Stitches For Survival Facebook group and sharing your story and photos on social media using our hashtags:

  • #Stitches4Survival
  • #knitters4critters
  • #TogetherKnits

The practicalities page has details of what to do with finished pieces.

Here’s a write-up of a Stitches for Survival QandA held in April 2021 with answer to the most common questions we have had about the project.

For guidance on how to join your panels together for display, see this document Joining panels (updated) 

For those not on Facebook, Chistine Thomson can add you to a Stitches For Survival email group <christinert24601@gmail.com>.