What will I have to do?

This is a textile project, you will be making a piece of a quilt. You will be decorating the piece of fabric we send you with embroidery.

We will send you some fabric, a needle, some thread (and a needle threaders because we know that bit is tricky).


We ask you to embroider onto the fabric how it is that you are being affected by the cuts. We accept any level of sewing skill, provided it is legible. For example you can use lots of small stitches to create cursive writing:


Or, if that seems daunting, you can use straight stitches to display your message:

Anything is fine, we just want to make it personal. The story has to be told by your hand. If you really hate sewing, then you are welcome to write your tale onto the piece of the fabric and send it back. We will do the stitching for you.

We ask that all pieces be sent back for the 15th May 2011. The finished quilt will be displayed from the 10th June to the 13th June in The Clore Centre, Hampton Court Palace. We will then look for a permanent, public home for the flag.

For more detail info, you may download a copy of the instructions (that will be posted to you) here: Big Society Instructions


4 responses to “What will I have to do?

  1. I really want to take part, where do I leave my address to be sent the material?

  2. Thanks for your interest! You can send an email to:
    isbigsocietyworking [at] gmail [dot] com

    There is more information here about what to include in the email:

  3. This sounds like a great project and it will produce an important historical/artistic record of the impact of the cuts.
    I’m sad that you (and so many others) choose to link the cuts so explicitly to the ‘big society’. I understand why this happens but I think it’s the most tragic case of babies and bathwater for many years.
    There is something real and important in the concept of the big society, that is separate from the horrors of massive cuts to welfare, public services and the NHS. I want a civilised state, a big society and a government that keeps its promises. But then my glass is always at least half-full, even when the cupboard is bare!

  4. Tim

    Obviously I don’t know the take of the project organisers on this, but personally I feel that all of us that do voluntary work for charities or community organisations know that “big society” was alive and well long before Mr Cameron started using the term to get mileage out of soundbites.

    In fact, my local organisations are lamenting the fact that all our hard work won’t make up for the disappearance of the local community grants we used to fund our efforts in the past. Big Society and the cuts are closely linked, in terms of the harm this Government is doing to local projects.

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