Tailored Yarn

Writing Children’s stories for families with terminal illness

Journey of a Pioneering Story Tailor

This Story Tailor designs watercolour illustrations not clothes, stitching together words and ideas, not pieces of material.

She creates bespoke book tapestries for children who’s parents have either passed away or been diagnosed with a terminal illness to preserve their special family memories.

This short video describes how Tailored Yarn supports families with terminal illness to preserve memories through children’s stories.

What is Tailored Yarn?

Interesting details are woven together with colourful threads of your unique family history and delicately embroidered with parental wisdom


Why did I create Tailored Yarn?

I want to help families going through a difficult time facing bereavement

I want to be creative and use my skills serving others in this way

Books open new doors to exciting adventures in far away places

Children’s memories of their childhood fade incredibly fast

These stories will help keep those special memories alive forever

Affordable by Donation!

How on earth can Tailored Yarn afford to make these beautifully illustrated bespoke books virtually FREE?

To find out more simply visit our funding strategy page

If the children of other families enjoy reading these stories that I create then I will have succeeded in my mission. By putting myself in the shoes of parents who have received a terminal diagnosis, I considered what I would most want to leave to my own young children, who absolutely love reading books. While doing this my vision became crystal clear and the idea of Tailored Yarn weaving personal stories was born.”

Gillian Seale


How to Purchase a Tailored Yarn Book

REFLECT Ask yourself what comforts your child, and think about any books they already like.  Do they have soft toys they find comfort in, and who are significant people in their lives. What about favourite family holidays or special memories? It is also important to think about what wisdom and guidance could be imparted as part of your story.

REQUEST Visit the contacts page and email Gillian with what kind of book you have in mind. Remember, no request is too big or too small. We would have an initial chat to discuss how you would like to proceed, with suitable input and minimal intrusion.

REVIEW Gillian will write a book for you based on your requests. During this time you can review it online and ask for any edits before printing. Gillian will not finish the book until you are entirely satisfied with it.

READ A Tailored Yarn book is yours to give to a child facing a loss. Hopefully the book can help your child cope and learn acceptance to help them during this difficult time. When we are bereaved as adults we are fortunate to have many happy memories of our special friend or family members to help us through the grieving process. However this is less true for young children who have fewer memories which fade faster.

This new venture called Tailored Yarn addresses the need to preserve memories, hopes, dreams and aspirations for young children to treasure for a lifetime. It can never replace the vital role that families have of keeping memories of their loved ones alive. It simply provides a special and unique additional way to help encourage those important conversations.

The last thing I would want to do is intrude on a family whose only priority is spending time together. Families can have as much or as little input into the shaping of the story as suits each individual family. They can simply send details via email and choose the amount of information they wish to include. A simple questionnaire could be provided if that makes the process easier.

Gillian Seale

Copyright Tailored Yarn – All rights reserved