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SH: Warm wearables for people on the street

For a couple winters, Winnipeg-based artist Jennifer Paterson collected warm wearables and snacks for people who were having a rough go of it. On a few cold nights, she stood outside a homeless shelter and offered folks hot drinks, food and the chance to sift through the clothing she’d collected to find what they wanted.

She listened to their feedback, learning that most of the people on the street liked black or dark coloured hats, mitts and scarves, and that they preferred hot chocolate to coffee. She communicated this to the folks making donations to her project. Paterson says,

“Giving people a coffee, a cookie or a bar of soap are not solutions to homelessness, but they are the smaller pieces of activism that build up to greater, more lasting change. A stepping stone to pulling ones-self out of homelessness starts with feeling human, feeling that you are worth something, that you are loved and that you matter. These are feelings most of us take for granted. By giving someone a warm drink to comfort them or their own scarf to wear, you are giving that person the gift of the item, but also the gift of humanity. Often, life on the street is invisible. We see them, but dare not look them in the eye. This bridge is gapped with gift-giving. I see you. I see you are having a hard time. I care.”

This issue’s Stitching Hearts project is to make warm wearables (hats, mitts, scarves, socks, even sweaters, if you’re ambitious!) to give to people on the street. That can mean you hand craft a ton to donate to a shelter, request donations from friends to hand out on the street—much like Jennifer did—or you carry around packages with mitts and snacks to hand out to people asking for change on street corners and at stop lights. In this chilly time, let’s spread warmth and love!

And share your projects on social media to inspire others. If you use #StitchingHearts or tag @CockroachMag, I’ll be able to get some inspiration from you as well!

You can now find the Cockroach’s Stitching Hearts heroes group on Facebook where we can share ideas, offer one another support and celebrate our crafty successes!

You can support the ever-so-generous Jennifer Paterson by purchasing her art. Find her as JM.Paterson on Facebook.


SH: Valentines 2018

It’s time to start thinking about our annual drive to gather handmade valentines for people using, working in and volunteering at women’s shelters across Canada.

This year, we’re switching it up a little because this project is getting out of hand enormous. Last year, we sent out more than 2,000 handmade cards all across the country!

If you’d like your shelter to receive cards, please fill out this form.

If you or an organization you’re apart of is able to make cards and send them to a shelter, please fill out this form.

If you can make a few cards on your own but aren’t capable of committing to any number or mailing them to a shelter, send me an email at and I’ll arrange a way to get the cards from you.

Donations needed: Stamps (American and Canadian), craft supplies. If you’re able to make a donation, email me at and I’ll figure out how to get it from you.

This project is only possible because of hundreds of beautiful hearts that support it. The reaction from people who run shelters is incredible and I’ve heard many stories of women’s Feb. 14 being brightened up with handmade cards. If you have the time, energy and other resources to get involved (even if it’s just sharing this article with others), it’ll make a huge difference in a lot of people’s lives.

Sending love to broken hearts, #4

For the fourth year in a row, we’re gathering valentines to send to women’s shelters across Canada.

Help us out by making cards, donating supplies or donating a few bucks to help pay for subscriptions to Cockroach for the shelters who have requested it. You can also organize your own crafting parties (if you’re in Winnipeg, we can drop off supplies or help promote it) or pledge to create/gather a certain amount of cards to send to a specific shelter.

Here are a few guidelines:
-Cards are going to people of all ages and genders, so craft them accordinly!
-The Cockroach team and shelters are going to check all cards for appropriateness, so please don’t put them in envelopes.
-Make them as small or large, intricate or simple as you’d like!

***Having so far only contacted shelters in BC and Alberta, we have requests for 1,111 valentines and 11 subscriptions to Cockroach.***

We’ll organize a couple of events in the coming months where folks can drop off cards or make them with us! If you’re antsy and wanting to get yours to us quick, shoot an email to to make arrangements.

Stitching Hearts #6 – Comforting blankets

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Stitching hearts #4 – Valentines

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Stitching Hearts #5 – Dolls

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Stitching Hearts 3: Pet toys

Straight out of the city’s issue, here’s the latest crafting project.
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