4600 Gifts

Ready. Set. Make!


Our workshops are now complete!


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.

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

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

Crafters didn’t need any experience or know-how to take part; we provided 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 carries a message of welcome from one hand to another, marking a special moment in time for 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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