NOTE!! We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month only, even if the month has 5 Tuesdays!
The Craft group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Fire Station. Members bring along anything they are currently working on – encouragement, advice and support always available! We also work on various projects to develop new skills. Visits to local exhibitions, craft fairs etc are held from time to time. Recent sessions have included making earrings and baubles for Christmas.
What we've made
A Joint Charity project
The group has been working on a project since March 2018. The charity Project Linus accepts and distributes quilts and blankets to children and young people who are ill, in hospital or in distress. Some of us have been working on small patchwork quilts, learning the art of cutting and stitching accurately and enjoying searching out odd bits of fabric to use. Others have revived their knitting skills, making cot sized blankets, joining squares and learning to knit round and round! A select few have been knitting tiny hats for premature babies or little triangles for Mums to share their scent with the premature baby.
The project has been met with great enthusiasm and thanks go to all who have helped, donated or instructed! Thanks too to Heather Russell, a local Project Linus representative who came to our group on Tuesday May 8th 2018 to receive the quilts and blankets and tell us about the work of the charity.
In October 2019 more quilts were donated and a letter was received thanking us and showing how they are put to use.
I am writing to let you know that we held 2 family days at Stoke Heath (Prison) last week, on each day we gave the children a quilt, they all loved them and were chatting away about what they could find on the quilts, i.e animals, vehicles etc.
Throughout the day the quilts were used in different ways, babies were laying on them, girls and boys were using them as capes, teddies and dolls were being wrapped in them, we had 2 girls who felt unwell and they fell a sleep under their quilts.
They brought delight to all and were a good conversation starter for the families.
Could you please pass on my thanks to all who gave their time to make the quilts, they were very much appreciated.
Family Engagement Worker
HMP Stoke Heath
For more details see www.projectlinusuk.org.uk