Textile Arts Center: Draw The Line

Draw the Line: 5.4 Million and Counting 

On March 2nd, 2016, the United States Supreme Court will hear the most important reproductive rights case in almost 25 years. The decision will determine whether Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state and prevent 5.4 million women of reproductive age from accessing the healthcare they need.


Using craft as activism, artist Chi Nguyen — in partnership with the Textile Arts Center and the Center for Reproductive Rights — is holding a series of stitch-ins to make physical the number of women whose right to safe and legal abortion is currently at risk. With each line representing an individual woman, the 5.4 Million and Counting project is only finished when all 5.4 million lines are embroidered.


The public is invited to Draw the Line by joining the embroidery process at the stitch-ins, or by sending in your own 10×10” swatches with as many tally marks (卌) as you would like to embroider. All swatches will be patched onto a larger quilt to be used at the Supreme Court rally on March 2nd, 2016.



Help us Draw The Line:

Join us for the following public “Stitch-Ins” in NYC or Atlanta, GA.


Host: Textile Arts Center 

RSVP: (Facebook ) (Eventbrite)

Location: TAC Brooklyn, 505 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday, February 18: 6-9PM

Monday, February 22: 6-9PM

Location: TAC Manhattan, 26 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011

Sunday, February 21: 2-7PM

Sunday, February 28: 11AM-6PM


Host: Magnolia Fund 

RSVP:(Facebook) (Eventbrite)

Location: Hodgepodge Coffee House, 720 Moreland Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316

Saturday, February 20: 2-6PM


Host: Washington Street Art Center

RSVP: (Eventbrite)

Location: Washington Street Art – 321 Washington Street Somerville, MA 02143

Saturday, February 20, 12-4PM


Host your own “Stitch-In” (contact Chi at Lcnguyen@gmail.com)


Draw the line and stitch at home. 

Our aim is to activate as many communities (and hands!) as possible. We won’t be able to accomplish this project without you. If you’re not able to join one of the public stitch-ins, you can still participate from home. Here’s how you can help:

1. Use a 10×10 inch swatch in any material and color. A contrasting thread color is important to ensure that your tallies are visible.

2. Once finished, indicate the number of lines you have embroidered on a notecard. Please write your name on the same card if you would like to be acknowledged by the project.

3. Send all materials to: 

Kelly Valletta

attn. Draw The Line

Textile Arts Center

505 Carroll St., 

Brooklyn, NY 11215


Your swatches must arrive in the mail no later than 2/29 to be incorporated in the larger quilt for the Supreme Court rally in March. You may also continue to send in swatches past that date in anticipation of the final decision, which won’t be granted until June. 

Join us at the Rally to Protect Abortion Access + culminating Stitch-In in Washington, D.C.

Host: Center for Reproductive Rights

Location: U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 2nd: 8AM-12PM
 Help us spread the word:

Do you have connections to media outlets? Let Chi know! (contact Chi at Lcnguyen@gmail.com)

(see our great write up on ART SLANT!)


SHARE on social media to raise awareness:


Share Chi’s posts. Share posts by TAC + CRR – here’s the TAC blog post.

Share images of your work in progress (#WIP) while you #drawtheline at home.

#HASHTAG like crazy! #drawtheline #embroidery #craftivism #feminism #WomensRights #fiberart 

Use the images and GIF (attached)

Forward this info to your networks. Ask others to share!  


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