Interwoven Stories is a community-based narrative stitching project created in March 2016. Conceived and facilitated by Diana Weymar, 2016 Artist-in-Residence, the project has enjoyed amazing support of the community through so many eager volunteer stitchers.
Interwoven Stories created a special dialogue within the Princeton community. With some participants picking up a needle and thread for the first time, each stitcher received a blank 3-hole fabric page to tell a story through their memories, honor beloved family or friends, or return home to a favorite place through needle and thread.
The response to this project exceeded our wildest expectations. Each page spoke to the generosity, diversity, spirit, commitment, and creativity of this community and ultimately, more than 100 completed pages were donated to Interwoven Stories 2016 and displayed in our Taplin Gallery.
In 2018, we expanded to Interwoven Stories International when Diana returned to the Arts Council after taking the project on the road for two years to curate more than 250 pages collected from Princeton, The Peddie School, the Nantucket Stitching Gam, the Zen Hospice Project (San Francisco), Open Space Art (Damascus, Syria), Build Peace (Columbia), the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma), Yarns/NoDominion Theater (Jersey City), and Trans Tipping Point Project (Victoria, BC).
To say the least, we’ve all been through a lot since then, from COVID to fraught elections and civil unrest. Once again, we feel there is so much to say – so much to stitch! So get ready, because here we go again.
We’re pleased to announce Interwoven Stories: The Final Chapter will be going national, culminating in an exhibition on view in our Taplin Gallery June 4 – July 2, 2022.
Don’t miss your chance to be included in this dynamic project by adding your voice, your thread, and your thoughts to our permanent collection of pages.
We’re pleased to announce the inclusion of local resident and Interwoven Stories participant Kyle Burkhardt to our team. Kyle will be both organizing behind the scenes and leading stitching workshops for those who need help,or just want to stitch with others. And, of course, we’re thrilled to have Diana involved once again after her work has reached tremendous popularity nationwide.
Get your needles sharpened and your creative juices flowing because we will have pages ready for local pick-up and nationwide shipping on February 15. We can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings us.
Diana Weymar is the creator and curator of Tiny Pricks Project in addition to Interwoven Stories and several other public art projects. She has exhibited her projects internationally in addition to daily posting of work on the @tinypricksproject Instagram account. The Tiny Pricks Project physical collection is over 5,000 pieces. In addition to collaborating with writers, artists, journalists, photographers, and politicians, Diana has worked with non-profits on a variety of humanitarian issues. View more of Diana’s work on Instagram at @dianaweymar and @tinypricksproject.
Photo credit: Yvonne Tnt
Lifelong maker Kyle Dana Burkhardt has sewn her own clothing and bags for years. Intrigued by the charm and portability of hand embroidery, she stitched her first kit seven years ago and has been hooked ever since. Kyle embroidered a page for Interwoven Stories International and a collection of kits she stitched were exhibited at the Princeton Public Library. A New Jersey native, Kyle has worked at Princeton University for over 15 years. Follow her on Instagram at @vacuumingthelawn.
- Must I have embroidery experience? It certainly helps, but no — Interwoven Stories welcomes stitchers of all levels, including beginners. We’ll be hosting workshops for those who need a bit of help or would just like to be inspired by fellow participants. See below for dates.
- Is there a fee to participate? Sewn 8.5 x 11 in fabric “pages” will be available for a $15 donation local pick-up at the ACP, or $20 for domestic shipping (per page). All proceeds go right back into the project and help the Arts Council cover our costs. Sponsorships are available — let us know if you’d like to learn more.
- Can I sew my own fabric page? You bet! If you’re comfortable behind a sewing machine, check out this video by Interwoven Stories Community Liaison Kyle Burkhardt.
- What happens to my page when I’m done stitching? When you’ve completed stitching your page, you will return it to the Arts Council where it becomes part of the permanent, traveling collection of Interwoven Stories. By agreeing to participate in this community project, you consent to donating your finished work to this collection.
- Great, I’m in! Now what? Pages will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, but registration is required. To let us know you’d like to participate, please complete this quick form and we’ll be in touch with next steps. Registration is required whether you’re using one of our pages or sewing your own.
- How will we celebrate? All participants and our entire community will be invited to an Opening Reception on Saturday, June 4 in our award-winning Taplin Gallery. Continue reading for more important dates.
Mark your calendar
with these important dates
- Tuesday, February 15: Pages available for pick-up or domestic shipping until supplies last. Registration is required.
- Saturday, February 26 | 1-3pm: Free Kick-Off Stitch-In with Kyle Burkhardt & Maria Evans – Page sewing tutorials, how to get started, trouble-shooting, general project introduction. Register!
- Saturday, March 19 | 1-3pm: Free Stitch-In with Kyle Burkhardt & Maria Evans – Explore different types of stitches, meet your fellow IWS participants, and stitch in a relaxed, supportive environment. Register!
- Saturday, April 16 | 1-3pm: Free Stitch-In with Diana Weymar, Kyle Burkhardt, & Maria Evans – Explore different types of stitches, meet your fellow IWS participants, and stitch in a relaxed, supportive environment. Register!
- Saturday, May 21 | 4pm : Deadline for completed pages to be returned to the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton
- Saturday, June 4 | 3-5pm: Opening Reception in our Taplin Gallery