Stitch for Senate was an initiative of knit hobbyists from 2007-2008 to hand knit helmet liners for every United States Senator. Building on the history of wartime knitting, a practice dating back to the American Revolution, Stitch for Senate used the tradition of political organizing within knitting circles as a space for discussion, skillsharing and protest in the lead up to the 2008 senate elections. Hobbyists knitted to persuade elected officials to support the troops by bringing them home. Every senator received their own helmet liner, mailed on President Obama's Inaguration. See response from Senators HERE.


Sewing Notions by Julia Bryan-Wilson in Feb 2011 Artforum
'Virknålens revolution by Malin Vessby in DN Sweden
Craftivist' sends message to Senate
by Abigail Bleck of NBC Channel 13 Albany
Knitting Circles Around War
by Marisa Olson in Rhizome
FAU Exhibit
by Scott Travis in South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Verstrickte Sache
by Ilona Koglin in Das Magazine
Crafting Protest at the New School
by Pamela Scheinman in FiberArts
Interview on We Make Money Not Art
Stitch for Senate on We Make Money Not Art
Crafting Political Messages by Colleen O'Connor in the Denver Post
Radical Knitters Stitch for the Senate to Bring the Troops Home
by Rose Miller in Mother Jones
Article in Columbia News Service by Neha Singh Gohil
KnitKnit 7 Stitch for Senate


September 9, 2009 - January 17, 2010
Craftwerk 2.0
Jönköpings läns Museum
Jönköpings, Sweden

June 5, 2009
Craftivism Interchange
Textile Museum, Toronto, Canada

April 14, 2009 Visiting Artist
Textiles Department
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

March 5, 2009 Visiting Artist
Fiber Art / Material Studies
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Oct 24, 2008 Making Craft Matter: Feminism And Politics In Handmade Art
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Sep 5 - Nov 1, 2008 Political Circus Art Exhibition
Ritter Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

Oct 11, 2008 Vote Early Vote Often
The Change You Want To See, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Jan 26, 2008 Crafting Protest
The New School for Social Reasearch, NY, NY

Jan 17, 2008 - Jan 2009 Take Action!
Museum of World Culture, Göteborg, Sweden

Feb 24, 2007 Stitch for Senate NYC Grassroots Media Coalition Conference
The New School for Social Reasearch, NY, NY

Jan 12, 2007 - Feb 10, 2007 Knit For Defense
Three Walls Gallery, Chicago, IL

Jan 14, 2007 Open Node
Three Walls Gallery, Chicago, IL



This project is created by Cat Mazza
With support from Experimental Television Center.

Research for this project will be collected for Knit for Defense an experimental animation about the history of American wartime knitting, funded by Creative Capital.

Special thanks: Jamison McCorrison, Jim Finn, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Three Walls Gallery, Cleve E. Carney


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