4600 Gifts

Ready. Set. Make!

4600 Gifts is an invitation to the people of Birmingham to join in welcoming athletes to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Together we are making 4600 hand-embellished gifts, upcycling locally-sourced materials into messages of welcome, made with love in Brum.

Workshops are taking place around the city in which we turn a simple blank gift template into a one-off, beautiful object that will be treasured forever by our visitors from the Commonwealth.

Crafters don’t need any experience or know-how to take part; we provide everything needed to wrap, knot and stitch. The finished gifts and personal messages will be presented to a competing athlete when they arrive for the Games in July. Each gift will carry a message of welcome from one hand to another, marking a special moment in time for Birmingham.

Book your place at a workshop

Sessions last for 1-1.5 hours and you can book a time to suit you on Eventbrite.
We’ll be adding lots more dates. To get updates on new workshops sign up the Craftspace news and events newsletter.
View all the current events which are open for booking on Eventbrite.

Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath

Book your slot here

Friday 27th May,
11.30am – 12.30pm
12.45 – 1.45pm
2.00 – 3.00pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

Book your slot here 

Sunday 5th June,
11.30am – 12.30pm
12.45 – 1.45pm
2.00 – 3.00pm
3.15 – 4.15pm

Walsall Leather Museum

Book your slot here 

Tuesday 21st June,
11.30am – 12.30pm
12.45 – 1.45pm
2.00 – 3.00pm

Get involved

If you are part of a group or a member of a social network that would like to host a workshop please get in touch with Jo Loki at [email protected]

If you belong to a sports club, craft club or any community organisation why not download a poster for your notice board?


From 30th June – 9th July 2022, the 4600 Gifts showcase takes place at the Library of Birmingham. A selection of gifts and messages will be on display, hand-made by the people of Birmingham.

About The Gifts

The gifts are made from metal washers which we upcycle by wrapping, stitching and knotting with yarn.  Our materials are sourced locally with resourcefulness in mind.  Our artistic team have developed the gifts so that those with minimum craft skills can have a go – and those who are more experienced can embellish their gifts and show off their skills.

The colourful yarns, sourced from the Scrapstore, are chosen to reflect the flags of the Commonwealth nations and territories.

Thank you to Stephens Gaskets for supporting the project as our local supplier of metal washers.

Birmingham 2022 Festival presents 4600 Gifts.
Produced by Craftspace with generous support from Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Made possible with Heritage Fund.
Arts Council Lottery Funded

Birmingham 2022 Festival

The Birmingham 2022 Festival is the biggest celebration of creativity ever in the region and one of the largest ever Commonwealth Games cultural programmes. Find out more about the festival and get involved on the the festival website.


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