Say it With Stitch is a Great Yarmouth based project inspired by Craftivism, raising awareness of environmental issues through textile arts. It is led by Rachel Harrison, Carol Desborough, Clare Southern and myself, and supported by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust. We host regular workshops in Norfolk, which are often free to take part in – upcoming sessions listed below.

As of October 2020, Say It With Stitch is based at Primeyarc, a creative spaced based in the ex-Debenhams department store within Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth run by originalprojects;.

Project background

Craftivism (craft + activism) is a worldwide movement which incorporates gentle activism with craft, specifically sewing and textile arts. Betsy Greer, who coined the term in 2003, describes Craftivism as “a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite”.

The Great Yarmouth-based #SayItWithStitchGY project champions environmental causes which are relevant to the local area. The aim is to raise awareness of issues, such as marine pollution and litter, through positive and inspirational mediums. The project is delivered through pop-up workshops around Great Yarmouth and wider Norfolk.

Events & workshops

September 2020

We put SIWS on-hold during COVID-19 lockdown as it was not safe for us to have our regular meet-ups in Great Yarmouth. We are now looking into how we can reconnect in autumn/winter 2020…

February 2020

We’ll be back at Norfolk Makers Festival for the second year. On Friday 14th February, we’re running a drop-in from 11:15am to 2pm at Great Yarmouth Library and on Friday 21st February, we’ll be at The Forum, Norwich from 10am to 4pm.

November 2019

From 19th to 23rd November, we’re hosting Materials Matters, a textile arts exhibition at Skippings Gallery, Great Yarmouth. Exploring the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industries

As part of the programme, take part in a Dare to Dream stitching workshop. The #DareToDream project was created by Sarah Corbett of Craftivist Collective for Heritage Open Days 2019. The workshop costs £2 and tickets are on sale at Mermaid Quay craft shop, King Street, Great Yarmouth.

September 2019

We’re running a free bookable workshop on Friday 20th September from 1pm to 2:30pm, as part of the Rows of Great Yarmouth Exhibition at Skippings Gallery in Great Yarmouth and as part of Norfolk Heritage Open Days 2019. The workshop is now fully booked!

Come and reflect on what local changemakers from history achieved to inspire you to dream up the future you want to see, and consider how you can play a role in making it happen. There will be a series of ‘crafter-thought’ questions to help you dream up your vision for change as you stitch your message about the world you wish to live in – onto an ethically-sourced fabric dream cloud. Follow the project across the UK using the hashtag #DareToDream.

July 2019

Join us on Monday 1st July from 10am to 2pm on Great Yarmouth beach. We’ll be stitching environmental messages and designs onto an upcycled windbreaker using recycled materials. We’ll meet at Munchies beach café at 10am before going down to one of the beach huts which we’ll be working from for the day.

May 2019

We led a pop-up mini-banner making workshop at Chillspot youth club for young people in Great Yarmouth, led by MAP Mancroft Advice Project.

February 2019

  • Thursday 14th February 10:30am-12:30pm at Great Yarmouth Library: Show Your Love: Thoughtful Textiles Session – free drop-in stitching session
  • Saturday 23rd February 10am-4pm at Norfolk Makers Festival, The Forum Norwich – free drop-in mini-banner making session. Find out more

October 2018

Join us on Monday 1st October from 10:30am to 12:30am at St George’s Theatre café, Great Yarmouth for a free drop-in workshop – free, including all materials!

sayit poster - St Georges 1st Oct 2018

July-August 2018

Exhibition 160 at Skippings Gallery, 133 King Street will host a #SayItWithStitchGY drop-in. The exhibition is open from Saturday 28th July until Friday 3rd August, 10am to 4pm.

June 2018

This month, we are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund for #SayItWithStitchGY! The funding will be used for materials and costs for our pop-up workshops and events.

April-May 2018

Artwork and textile provocations from the #SayItWithStitchGY project will feature in ‘Space a Waste’ exhibition at Skippings Gallery, King Street, Great Yarmouth from Tuesday 24th April to Tuesday 1st May. Plus, drop-in to a weekend of mini-banner making activities on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April at Skippings Gallery. Create a Craftivism-inspired mini-banner for only £3!