talisman star embroidery ukraine

Embroidery workshop for Ukraine

Hi! Brittany here. I’m coming to you with something I value of great importance and immediacy. It’s direct action we can take with the worsening conditions in Ukraine.

As I’ve mentioned, I sit on the board of Nest, a non-profit that supports women in the handmaker economy. I love this organization and they do tremendous work across the globe. Once the need for help in Ukraine began, they immediately hopped on and I’m thrilled to share their cause.

You can donate directly here and read more about it below!

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    Nest is proud to partner with The House That Lars Built to host Stitched Together–a virtual stitching circle led by Lviv-based master embroiderer Hanna Rohatynska–to raise support for humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

    In late April, Nest hosted Stitched Together, a virtual stitching circle led by Hanna Rohatynska, a Lviv-based master embroiderer, to raise support for organizations providing humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Following a presentation by artist Christina Schmigel on the cultural significance of embroidery in Ukraine, Hanna and her translator led attendees through a simple pattern to stitch a talisman star, a symbol of protection in traditional motifs.

    Stitched Together demonstrated the power of craft to connect communities. Attendees learned about Ukrainian craft and culture and received a real-time update on the situation in Ukraine from Hanna’s translator. As participants worked on their embroidery they chimed in with thoughts and prayers for the people of Ukraine and committed to wearing their completed stars on Ukraine’s Vyshyvanka Day (May 19) in a show of solidarity.

    We are proud to partner with Nest to offer this opportunity to learn and stand in solidarity with Ukraine to an even greater audience. At 12pm EST on May 17, all are welcome to join me and Hanna Rohatynska on Instagram Live to learn how to stitch the Talisman star.

    When: Tuesday, May 17th
    Time: 12pm EST
    Where: Instagram Live

    This star is a symbol of strength and protection. Participants can then wear their stars on Vyshyvanka Day – an international holiday traditionally celebrated the third Thursday of May to celebrate the centuries-old tradition of Ukrainian embroidery and the role it plays in local culture.

    Craft kits for this event are available through our partner Maydel, who has generously agreed to donate the proceeds from the sale of these kits to Ukrainian aid organizations.

    You can also use the links below to order materials from your preferred craft supplier.



    You can donate directly here


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