As part of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, organizers have been encouraging individuals and groups across the country to take part in the Inspire Program by organizing exceptional non-commercial projects inspired by the 2012 Games. There are over 2,700 projects of all sorts officially registered with the Program, including the Woolsack project. Named after the historic seat cushion used by the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords, participants wove, knitted, crocheted, and quilted pillows from British wool. Once stuffed, the pillows will be given as welcome gifts to the Olympic and Paralympic athletes taking part in the 2012 Games.
If you’re interested in taking part in this Inspire Program project—and anyone is welcome to do so—there’s still time. Woolsack organizers are hoping to get all unstuffed cushions in by May 31, 2012, and the organization’s website gives plenty of information on specifics. If you’re in the United Kingdom and want to contribute, besides the pillow making, there is also the option of organizing a “stuffing event” to help fill cushions.
So as you watch the 2012 Games this year, know that even those athletes that don’t go home with a gold medal (or bronze or silver) will be going home with a handmade wool pillow, full of love.