1. Ideas 4 Change – Using ideas from any of the AGENDA starter activities (e.g. Runway 4 Change, What Jars You etc) choose one issue or message to share on your cross-stitch square. See the “Crafting Equality’ case study for ideas and resources of different craftivism and cross-stitch projects around the world.
2. Mock-up – Working individually or in pairs, mock-up your design onscrap paper. You can cross-stitch a slogan (e.g. Gender Equality for All, Malala Rocks!) or symbol (e.g. the peace symbol). Perhaps cut-out the light coloured cloth into a favourite shape, write a message with felt tips and stitch this to your square.
3. Get Stitching – Make and decorate your squares (e.g. with bells, beads, sparkles)
4. All together – When the cross-stitch squares are complete, discuss how you might bring them together to make a whole piece (e.g. a heart-shape collage, a rectangle banner, a cape)
5. Pin-up – Using the safety pins to connect each square, work together to form your final piece.
6. Display – Choose where to display your cross-stitch artefact.
7. Give it a name! Share in an assembly, or on twitter.
What is cross-stitch?
Cross-stitch is a form of sewing in which X-shapedstitches in a tiled pattern are used to form a picture.
Before you begin adapting this activity for the children and young people in your setting, read the section on Safety and Support.