Heather Marie Scholl



A Workshop and a Toolkit

Sewing circles have existed for hundreds of years. They innately bring intimacy and community amongst stitchers, which makes it the perfect environment for the work of eradicating our internal biases. “Do Your Whitework” is a DIY toolkit and course that uses embroidery to create an intimate and vulnerable space in which participants can open themselves to radically new ways of learning about themselves and their positions within white supremacist systems. The course teaches two basic embroidery stitches, the back stitch and the satin fill stitch. Meanwhile Scholl guides participants through a discussion on white supremacy and white people’s complicity in racist institutions and systems, while fostering new accountability relationships. The final activity asks us to brainstorm ways we could have acted differently in those moments where we caused harm. This list will serve as the content for our final activity, stitching them anywhere on the Tshirt/Totebag.

Next workshop begins May 8th in Seattle, WA

If you can’t attend a class, form your own accountability group and work it together. The toolkit includes additional resources and discussion questions to guide your discussions. Participants complete the work having advanced their stitching skills, and importantly having embarked on a journey toward confronting their own complicity while fostering new relationships to keep them accountable. The stitchwork they take home serves as an ongoing reminder of this commitment.