Earlier this year artist Hannah Early raised money for Tommy's by yarn-bombing a tree in her local village and transforming it into a memorial for babies born sleeping. She was inspired to create the rainbow tree in order to recognise women who have lost babies everywhere, including several of her closest friends:
“Some of my closest friends have lost babies, miscarried and have had stillbirths, and so I wanted this tree to be for them and for their loss. A baby born after a miscarriage or loss of a baby is referred to as a rainbow baby, and this rainbow tree remembers all babies born sleeping, that we’ve carried but never met, those we’ve held but couldn’t take home, the ones that came home but didn’t stay.”
News of Hannah's project prompted other women at the time to visit the tree and add their own knitted additions to it.
“Some mummies have knitted their own flowers and added to the tree to remember their little ones, which was an unexpected but very beautiful response to the tree.”
The rainbow tree showed that craft can be a meaningful way to recognise pregnancy loss. If you would like make your own rainbow pom pom to remember a lost one, you can follow the guide below.