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TOMS Chicago

1611 North Damen Avenue

Chicago, IL 60647

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Craft-based activism has been around since the beginning of time and used as a tool of resistance, coalition building, and even espionage! Come learn a brief history of craftivism and how craftivism is being used today, from Shannon Downey aka Badass Cross Stitch - a leader in the modern craftivism movement. She will introduce you to her global project www.BadassHERstory.com AND teach you how to embroider in just minutes so that you can join in the fun and the movement.

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  • Intro's
  • A brief history of craft-based activism
  • An overview of today's craftivism movement
  • Intro to Badass HERstory
  • Embroidery 101 - Instructions
  • Stitch Time
  • Closing/Report Back


Supplies will be provided.


On the “Tutorials” section of the website you can find images and links to the products which might help when you hit the craft store. Also on the tutorials page, are 3 short videos that I made to help new stitchers learn to stitch. You might want to watch them before we get together. It will shorten your learning curve that night.

If you are a pro-stitcher, it would be dreamy if you centered yourself around folks who might be less skilled to offer a hand, suggestion, and some guidance.




Badass HERstory is a craftivism (craft+activism) project meant to empower individuals, build community, and reshape narrative. This project will provide an opportunity for folks to learn a new skill set with deep female roots (embroidery), to participate as global activists building off of and expanding the momentum of the equality movement, as well as, the incentive to put down their devices and create something meaningful with their hands and hearts.

Participants will be asked to share “their story” onto a 12 x 12 inch piece of fabric (with a 1" blank margin). These panels will then be sewn together and used to skin 3-dimensional structures in what will become a massive public art installation. Additionally, there will be an interactive, robust, digital catalog which will include photos of each piece and context from every contributor.

The project is open to all women, female-identified, and gender nonbinary humans on the planet.






While traveling in Argentina in 2006, TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need. One for One®.What began as a simple idea has evolved into a powerful business model that helps address need and advance health, education and economic opportunity for children and their communities around the world.

TOMS gives in over 70 countries

They've given over 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need – and it's leading to bigger and better things, like giving different types of shoes based on terrain and season, or creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where we give.TOMS® Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs.
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