Crocheters, Knitters, Sewers: Let’s Send 1,000 Hearts!

Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 6.24.47 AM

This is from my buddy Kristen from Schmancy:

Call to Crocheters, Knitters and Sewers!

My friend Gretchen is currently in the works to build the very first children’s museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is not only the first children’s museum in S. Africa but the first in Africa. The museum is to open on June 16th, 2016, 40 years after numerous children were brutally killed after protesting against the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974. It’s an absolutely amazing project and I am so proud of her. Not long ago she was filmed in my apartment for a documentary about this undertaking. So much of her conversation was so inspiring, while also heartbreaking and sad. She described one woman having a hard time balancing life as a single mother saying she “just wanted more time for love”.

Seeing as South Africa prides itself on being a Rainbow Nation, an idea came to me while she was talking. I thought how amazing would it be if I could get people from around the globe to mail her hearts. 3″- 4″ hearts, in all the colors of the rainbow, that could be hung from the ceiling of the museum in garlands. After the installation they could be sold in the gift store to help raise money for the museum OR be given to the children that visit.

My goal is to get at least one thousand hearts made and sent to them from around the globe and I am asking YOU to help! It’s an amazing cause and could be a beautiful, inspiring result. If you would be willing to send one to 25 hearts please send at any time between now and May 15th 2016 to the address below:

Play Africa Planning Office, Metropolitan Building B, 1st Floor, 8 Hillside Road, Parktown 2193, Johannesburg, South Africa

PLEASE include a note as we will be cataloging the results as we go.  This is a surprise for my friend however I have been in communication with her assistant so she knows what to do 🙂

And if you need a pattern or inspiration look no further:

Adorable knitted hearts from pattern on Mochimochiland!

A nice round up of a bunch of crochet heart patterns!

Sewn hearts tutorial on Design Sponge




You can crochet the hearts from the garland pictured above with my free pattern here , and I also have a pattern for a more 3D heart here.

Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 6.26.47 AM



This entry was posted in Crochet. Bookmark the permalink.

18 Replies to “Crocheters, Knitters, Sewers: Let’s Send 1,000 Hearts!”

  1. Kitty Kaos says:

    Aw this is such a lovely and worthy project. I only wish I could crochet. My friend does though so I will make sure to pass this on to her x

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      They are also happy to accept hearts that are sewn or made of fabric 🙂

  2. Kelsea Echo says:

    Yes! I saw Kristen post this and am planning to join the project!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      YAY!!!!! <3

  3. Sporkii says:

    I’d love to participate 😀

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      YAY! Let me know if you want to combine shipping at some point :). We have tons of time.

      1. Susan says:

        Having a US address to mail to would be much easier for me. I’m not sure of the cost of mailing to Africa but have to assume it is more than shipping domestically. Being financially challenged at this time, shipping would be a consideration. Making hearts would not be because I have quite a stash built up and hearts do not consume entire skeins of yarn.

  4. Christel says:

    Count me in for soms Dutch hearts

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      Aw that’s fantastic!

  5. Peggy says:

    Do the hearts have to be a certain size?

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      It says they prefer 3 – 4 inches 🙂

  6. Ashley says:

    This is awesome!! Going to start making hearts today for this!!!!!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      So awesome! YAY!

  7. Kristen Rask says:

    you are the best! xoxox

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      P.S. one of my readers mentioned there is a children’s museum in Egypt?

  8. Julie H. says:

    While I think this is a worthwhile endeavor, it’s not the first Children’s Museum in Africa. There is at least one already in Egypt.

  9. what an awesome idea! count me in!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.