Become a Heartist
Anyone is welcome to join our global kindness community.
We simply offer kindness where it's needed (hint; it's needed everywhere).
You can get involved by becoming a heartist and making your own hearts, sharing hearts with people in your community and/or starting or joining a heart-making group. It's a great activity to do with children and young people, too. There are kits and materials to purchases as well as information and resources right here on our website.
When you make hearts as part of 1000 Hearts, you are joining a global kindness movement, with the goal to bring more peace, love and compassion to our world. I believe that we can create change by taking action on an individual level and creating ripples of kindness which influence others.
If you'd like to join us, please use the 1000 Hearts templates, use eco-friendly materials and acknowledge this project as your inspiration and purpose - this allows others to join our community and add to the groundswell of change towards a kinder world.
Making Your Own Hearts
Spread some love and kindness in your world and make space for calm presence through making hearts. Heart-making is a simple stitching activity, and all the kits come with instructions.
Over the years, many heartists have told me that making hearts has helped them to heal from trauma and deal with anxiety, depression and grief. There is something beautiful about focusing on kindness while
mindfully engaging in hand sewing, and the benefits of practicing altruism, self-compassion and mindfulness are well documented in research, too.
Be warned: making hearts is addictive, especially once you see the response from people when you give them away.
Please Be Kind to Our Planet Too
To keep our project eco-friendly, I encourage you to use natural materials for your hearts and packaging. Some of these materials are more expensive than less sustainable options; if you're on a tight
budget, I encourage you to think quality over quantity and stay kind to our planet.
Felt: I use only 100% wool felt, as it’s beautiful to work with and kind to the environment. It creates a quality heart that will withstand a lot of squeezing, holding and pocket-dwelling. I only use pure wool felt for my heart-making and all the hearts and kits I sell. If you prefer not to use wool, I encourage you to find an eco-friendly option to suit your needs.
Stuffing: I started out using synthetic stuffing which you can get at craft stores. However, in the spirit of kindness to our planet, I prefer to use natural fibres. You can get wool and eco stuffing from specialist stores and online. My recommended suppliers are
Winterwood: www.winterwoodtoys.com.au and Lily Rose Artisan Fibres on Etsy. As a rough guide, 100 grams of wool stuffing will fill about 100 hearts.
Thread: If you’re using six-strand embroidery thread, I recommend using only two strands when stitching your heart (this is what I do). If you don’t want to split the thread, the single strand perle cottons work well (as long as they aren't too thick) and can be easier for groups, young Heartists and beginners
Packaging: It's a great idea to wrap your hearts before sharing them - this allows you to include the 1000 Hearts mini-flyer and keeps hearts clean and hygienic, especially if you're offering them in hospitals, aged care, schools etc. For eco-friendly, biodegradable cellophane bags, I recommend Buy Eco Green: www.buyecogreen.com.au
Needles: I use size 24 Chenille needles which have a larger eye for embroidery thread and are sharp for neat stitching.
These are the needles supplied in the kits I make.
Make sure you have good scissors; a big pair for cutting out hearts and a little pair for snipping thread and trimming edges.
Our Heart-Starter kits are the perfect starting point for becoming a Heartist – they come in packs appropriate for beginners and more advanced crafters and are available in our store.
Share your hearts where they're needed:
You might make hearts to share with your friends and family, local charities, schools, services, hospitals and businesses. You can connect with others online through our Facebook group, 1000 Heartists. The group is all about connecting with others, sharing ideas and sharing hearts.
If you're not sure where to share your hearts, you can send them to 1000 Hearts for distribution (we get a lot of requests). Our postal address is: PO Box 206, Blackmans Bay, Tasmania 7052, Australia.
Please only send hearts to me that are made from eco-friendly materials and cut from the 1000 Hearts template. It's best to keep buttons and attachments to a minimum, so hearts can be safely donated anywhere.
If you are part of 1000 Hearts, these branded resources are free for your use. Please respect my intellectual property by acknowledging 1000 Hearts as the source of your idea and inspiration when making and sharing hearts, and get in touch if you have questions about how to use the brand appropriately.
Mini-Flyer (hearts insert): You can include this when you give your hearts away - it explains the project and its purpose. You can download it here.
Dark Heart Mini-Flyer: insert for dark hearts is here.
Pocket Heart Instructions: the basic instructions and template sheet is here.
Visual Pocket Heart Instructions: created by my fabulous daughter Maddie, this is a simple, visual version for those who find it easier than lots of reading. This one can be found here.
About 1000 Hearts Flyer: incudes the basic info about the project, and it's here.
Poster - giveaway hearts: perfect for displaying next to hearts which are intended for people to take as needed. You can find this poster here.
Poster - Proud Heartist: put it up wherever you make your hearts! Get this poster here.