18 at heart (2020)

18 at Heart was a collaborative art project run by Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC in Selly Oak Constituency in 2020.

A team of community stitchers crafted more than 670 unique tapestry hearts for a ‘yarn bomb’ of Birmingham’s no.18 bus route which runs through Billesley, Brandwood, Molyhull, Kings Norton North, and through Masefield in Bournville and Cotteridge ward to Northfield.

The majority of hearts were stitched during the national lockdown, March-June 2020. Collectively the stitchers have contributed around 1500 volunteer hours!

Alongside stitching, we shared memories of being aged 18.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the final planned artwork spanning 5.5 miles along the bus route is being rescheduled for 2021.

While our stitch team has certainly benefited from some creative activity during lockdown, together we hope to lift people’s spirits and spread positivity with the artwork for the benefit of the wider community next year. The yarn-bombing is all about unleashing the artistic rebel in us!

While there is more to come in 2021 when we can come together to install the physical artwork, we felt it was important to celebrate the achievements and talents of the stitch team while we pause. Below is a digital stop frame animation artwork and a catalogue.

A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part and to Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme for funding the project and supporting us along the way.

"Getting to the Heart of it"

"18 at Heart: Stitch Celebration"

Number of hearts stitched.
Number of community stitchers

More Memories of being 18. Ron Remembers...


This project is funded through Neighbourhood Networks; a scheme which is about encouraging people who are retired, or in the lead up to retirement, to build up their social networks, keep active, and feel more connected in the areas they live.