Seeing The Tiny Pricks Project In Person

Jon and Zinnia at The Tiny Pricks Project at The Foundry in West Stockbridge MA

It was powerful to see The Tiny Pricks Project in person after seeing photos of it on Instagram for so long.

I couldn’t help looking for mine.  The exhibit is also going on in Miami right now so not all the #tinypricks are at The Foundry, the gallery we saw them at today.   It took a while for me to find mine with all the others, but I did see three of the ones I made.

I loved my work being a part of that floor to ceiling mosaic.

One of the things I love about #tinypricks is how, from a distance, the exhibit appears soft and colorful and visually intriguing.  It’s only when you get up close and see all the embroidered Donald Trump quotes that you feel the true power of the exhibit.

And when you know that each piece was hand-stitched by different people from all over the world it has an even greater impact.

Although Tiny Pricks is the genius of Diana Weymar, she has brought so many of us together through it. And we all, those of us who participate and those who view it, benefit from it. I dropped off my 9th #tinypricks at The Foundry today.

Tiny Pricks will be at The Foundry through the weekend of the 21st when they will be having a voter registration event.  They are also open on Tuesday evenings and provide materials so people can get together at the gallery and create their own Tiny Prick.

One of my #tinypricks (I think my rhetoric brings people together) with all the others.
This #tinyprick really touched me. I think it’s in the loving way the woman was embroidered and just how harmful those words are coming from someone who has the kind of power that a United States President has.
Another view of the exhibit


Joann’s Contribution To The Tiny Pricks Project

Joanne’s #tinyprick.  You can see it and all the other Tiny Pricks on Instagram, click here. 

When Joann bought the last of my wool and a Flying Vulva Decal she sent a note asking if I could include a hankie or linen for her to stitch a Tiny Prick on.

She had an idea to use one of Trump’s tweets concerning the impeachment proceedings.  So I went through the box of hankies that Cathy sent me which had belonged to her mother.  Cathy wrote in a note that I might be able to use one for a #tinyprick.

Thank you Cathy, so far I’ve used at least one myself and shared a few others with people who also wanted to be a part of The Tiny Pricks Project

When I saw the hankie from Washington DC I just had to send it to Joann.  I sent her a few other hankies too, so she could make her own choice about which one to use.

A week or so later Joann sent me this photo of her #tinyprick. 

She did such a great job, spacing the words around the  US Capitol and other buildings. And I love the way she used the red and blue thread.  A perfect #tinyprick really.

If anyone out there would like to make a #tinyprick and needs a vintage hankie or linen to embroider a Trump quote on, you can email me here at [email protected].  I’m happy to share the linens that people have been generous enough to share with me over the years.

You can find out how to participate in Diane Weymar’s Tiny Pricks Project here and see all the #tinypricks including Joann’s here.


My 8th Tiny Pricks “Playing In The Sand”

My 8th #tinypricks

It still seems crazy to me that our president can say things like  “There’s a lot of sand there for them to play with” referring to people fighting and dying in wars and a few weeks later most of us don’t even remember it.

I think that’s one of the reasons why the Tiny Pricks Project is so important.

Because these things that Donald Trump says, as president of the United States, are too cruel, thoughtless and potentially dangerous to just be forgotten without any consequence.

It was only two weeks ago that Trump made this comment referring to the fighting between Syria and Turkey and the attack on the  Kurds when Trump pulled the US troops out of Syria.  But I know that  Trump has used enough outrageous and dismissive language about so many other events that are happening since then that something he said two weeks ago almost seems like years ago.

This is my 8th contribution to #tinypricks.  And by now I know, unfortunately, that I’ll be making many more.

Anyone can participate in The Tiny Pricks Project, click here to find out how.

And if you need a hankie or linen to stitch your quote on I’ll be happy to send you one.  Just email me at [email protected].

See all the #tinypricks here. 

Tiny Pricks At The Chiropractor

I took my #tinypricks to the Chiropractor’s office today.  I usually have a bit of a wait so I figured it would be a good place to finally start stitching the words on the Tiny Pricks I came up with a couple of weeks ago.

This #tinypricks is from Trump’s quote about the fighting between Syria, Turkey and the attack on the Kurds after Trump announced the US would be withdrawing troops.  His quote is:

There’s a lot of sand they can play with there.”

I get inspired about The Tiny Pricks Project every time I go on Instagram and see what other people are doing.  It truly is a creative political community.

You can be a part of it too.  To find out all about it click here.  And if you need a hankie or linen to stitch your quote on, I’ll be glad to send you one, just email me here. 

My 8th Tiny Pricks, Playing In The Sand

The hankie for my next #tinypricks.  A duck, pig, and bear, three separate nations, playing in the sand.

“So there’s a lot of sand there they can play with“. Jon read the quote from Donald Trump out loud as we sat in the living room drinking tea after dinner.

I had heard Trump say these words earlier in the day on the radio, referring to the fighting that is going on between Syria and Turkey and the attack on the  Kurds since Trump pulled the US troops out of Syria.  But hearing them again an instinct kicked in that caught my attention.

“That’s a tinypricks quote“, I said to Jon and asked him to repeat it while I grabbed a scrap of paper and wrote it down.

In my studio this morning I began working on the quilt I started yesterday.  As I was looking for the right color red for the quilt, I stepped over the overflowing box of linens on my floor and thought of the President’s dismissive and condescending words comparing war to children playing.

That’s when the small collection of children’s hankies that I have came to mind.

Even though my fabric isn’t well organized, I do have an idea of where things are.  So I emptied the basket I use to stash the “special” linens, and there it was, just what I was looking for.  Although I didn’t specifically remember it,  my heart beat a little faster and what felt like a small current of electricity ran through my body.

It felt magical, like the basket had produced exactly what I needed.

The small hankie had an embroidery of a bear, a pig and a duck (three separate nations) dressed in bathing suits, with their shovels and pails, playing in the sand.

This will be my 8th #tinypricks.  I am grateful to Diana Weymar, once again, for providing this form to work in and to be a part of this creative protest.

You can make your own #tinypricks,  click here to see how.   And if you need a linen or hankie to stitch it on I’ll be happy to send you some.  You can email me at [email protected].

Sharing Linens For The Tiny Pricks Project

#tinypricks  By Carol Beck

I’ve made seven Tiny Pricks, and each time I do, I offer to send hankies and linens to anyone who wants to make one themselves and needs a linen to embroider it on.

A few weeks ago Kathy sent me a box of vintage linens.  I used one of them to make a #tinypricks with a quote about Gretchen Thunberg.  Then I got an email from Carol.  She wanted to make a #tinypricks and needed something to embroider it on.

So I went through the box of linens from Kathy and my stash of hankies and picked out a few to send her.

A few days ago Carol sent me this photo of the #tinypricks she stitched on Kathy’s linen.  I love how she used the same color thread as the flowers on the linen.  It gives it a sense of history as if her words were always there.  It seems a timeworn truth, depicting the true character of Trump.

Diana Weymar’s Tiny Prick Project is a collaborative one.  It depends on people participating in it by stitching quotes from Donald Trump on vintage linens which are then hung all together in galleries around the country, making a powerful statement.

My being able to participate, not only by creating #tinypricks but by sharing the linens and hankies that other people have given to me, feel as much a part of the project as a finished piece.  Because it is in keeping with the collaborative and cooperative spirit of #tinypricks.

And when I think of that single linen, used to help give voice to Carol and her art, I think of its original intent and how it’s original owner couldn’t have imagined that, with the help of four other women, it would become a piece of art and history.

If anyone else out there would like to make a #tinypricks, and needs a linen or hankie to stitch it on, just email me here at [email protected].  I’ll be very happy to send you some.  For more information on how to participate in The Tiny Pricks Project, click here. 

My Sixth Tiny Pricks, Inspired By Greta Thunberg

My 6th #tinypricks 

“...Sarcasm is actually hostility disguised as humor.”  Psychology Today

“sarcasm, “a cutting remark,” comes from a Greek verb, sarkazein, that literally means “to tear flesh like a dog.”  Merriam-Webster’s Student Dictionary. 

Greta Thunberg’s speech at the United Nations Climate Change Summit on Monday must have really bothered Trump.  It’s obvious by his sarcastic and demeaning tweet to Thunberg.

I personally never learned how to deal with this kind of bullying.  It’s one of the reasons that it thrills me to see that 16-year-old Greta Thunberg isn’t fazed by it.  She knew just how to respond to the bitter and childish taunt made by our 73-year-old President.

But then she is leading a Climate Change Movement in 150 countries.  She doesn’t really have time for Trump’s nonsense.

When Trump tweeted  “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”  “So nice to see!”  Greta’s brilliant response was to take Trump’s words and reclaim them for herself by using them as her Twitter Bio.

And those are the words I chose to embroider for my 6th #tinypricks.  Because they say so much about Thunberg and Trump.

I found the perfect linen to embroider them on in a box of vintage linens that Kathy just sent me.

The embroidered sailboat was already on the linen. It is, of course, making reference to the boat that Thunberg sailed to the United States on from England to  “avoid the greenhouse gas emissions that come with flying on a commercial jet.”

If you haven’t already watched Greta Thunberg’s intelligent and moving speech at the UN Climate Change Summit you can watch it here.

If you’d like to know more about or participate in the Tiny Pricks Project, click here.  See all the Tiny Pricks here. 

And if you need a linen or hankie to stitch a #tinypricks on, I’d be happy to send you some.  Just email me here at [email protected]

Making my Tiny Pricks


My Fifth Tiny Pricks “Age of Trump”

Age of Trump, my 5th Tiny Pricks

I see Tiny Pricks as a creative protest.

Each time I find the perfect linen to go with the right Trump quote and add it to the other Tiny Pricks made by women all over the country, I feel like my voice becomes a little louder.

I could send an email to the White House, but I know it will fall on deaf ears.  It’s so much more satisfying and empowering to create a small protest on an old hankie that will not only last longer and reach more people, but documents a moment in our history.

This is my fifth Tiny Pricks. I believe in the power of art and in the power of words.

When I see the pictures on Instagram of over 1000 Tiny Pricks hanging together, I think of what a single pinprick feels like, compared to how a thousand must feel.



My Fifth Tiny Pricks

The hankie I’m using for my fifth Tiny Pricks

I pulled this hankie out of my stash last week.  When I saw it I just knew I’d be able to use it for a Tiny Pricks at some point.

If found the perfect Donald Trump quote quicker than I would have thought.  It came from a tweet he made last Wednesday…

“When the ‘Age of Trump’ is looked back on many years from now, I only hope that a big part of my legacy will be the exposing of massive dishonesty in the Fake News!

In his narcissism, Trump wrote of the “Age of Trump” as if it would one day be seen as a time of glory.

I don’t want to try and imagine what that world would be like.  But I have hope that the “Age of Trump” will be seen as the end of a way of thinking and behaving.

Lots of people had fun responding to this tweet, so I thought I’d have some fun too.

I’ll stitch the words “Age of Trump” right in the center of this hankie, with baby blue thread.  That little boy, threatening anyone who gets in his way, seems to me the perfect metaphor for the “Age of Trump”.


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