The Fabric of Protest | Workshops & resources

Explore how textiles have been used in historic and contemporary protests with artist Helen Mather.

Join the monthly public workshop or book a private introductory session for your group.

Use The Fabric of Protest resources to create a textile piece inspired by PHM's collections and the issues of today.

Stitch / Share / Inspire

Suitable for all textile abilities

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Monthly public workshop

The Fabric of Protest is a creative workshop where individuals can meet to stitch, chat and share ideas inspired by the museum’s collections.

Workshops take place either onsite or over Zoom, on the last Saturday of every month, 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

Visit the ‘What’s on’ page of our website to book your place.

Suitable for 11+

(Under 18s must have an accompanying adult present during session).

What's on
The Fabric of Protest online with People's History Museum

Private group workshop

An Introduction to the Fabric of Protest is an online workshop that can be booked for groups of up to 30 people.

The workshop highlights objects from PHM’s collection, to inspire and motivate participants to create their own textile art on the issues that matter to them.

Suitable for ages 14+

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Online Resources

Be inspired to create your own work.

Download The Fabric of Protest resources to guide you through creating your own textile work inspired by the topics explored during monthly public workshops.

Topics explored include: noticing nature; identity; working conditions for migrant workers; inequalities in society and migration and textiles.

Techniques used include: appliqué; reverse appliqué; collage; kutch embroidery; weaving; couching; hapazome printing; visible mending; patchwork, including boro technique and creation of 3D textile pieces.


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We love to see what you create!

Look through our gallery to find out what people have been creating

These textile pieces have been created by participants who have taken part in The Fabric of Protest monthly workshops.

Please share photos of your work with us on social media using #TheFabricOfProtest or email


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