Sunday 4 December 2011

Crafting in the community.

During my blogging time of just under a year I have come to really enjoy this past time. I feel that I have some real friends in a cyber world, I feel supported, inspired and encouraged along my journey of crafting, dressmaking, family and anything else that happens to come along. But what about 'real life', do any of you get involved in crafting projects within the community you live?
Recently I have started a community quilt project which is a massive task, and I'm just not ready to explain it all yet but there has also been some wonderful light relief too. The back ground to this post is that my local town holds a Christmas tree festival in the church where all sorts of groups, charities and business decorate their tree, over sixty in total.
I have been really luck to be involved in two trees. The first being Shobrooke angels (shobrooke is my little village). We had a workshop in the village hall (all 1940s fans would adore it) and we made peg angels. It was a lovely experience of young, old newcomers and old timer all getting together and having a real laugh!

Here we can see Arthur's little angel, who looks as if she has had a little accident!! He was very insistent on making it all himself, I just managed brief moments of putting it together. Some of the others really made some beautiful angels.

The second tree I helped to make decorations was WEN the women's environmental network they are a very worth while group and I urge you to take a look . So for this group we wanted to up cycle our clothes or fabric stash to make hearts and stars. here was my offering

it was also a real enjoyment putting our decorations up and then bringing the family back to have a look at our own and every ones elses efforts.

                       the lace makers made about fifty of these and it took all year to do.

It has been a wonderful experience and I will now seek out opportunities to craft as a community or group again. Does other communities have projects that you get involved in?


  1. That's such a lovely idea having the community decorate the tree!

    I go to a free sewing workshop every Wednesday evening and it's such a laugh. You never know what's going to come up in conversation and it's such a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. I'd like to get involved more, as you know I've signed up to be the secretary of the student committee but other than that the rest of the community projects are based around knitting, which I can't do! Boo Hoo!

  2. charolette,
    How much fun.. I am so envious. I would have loved to be there. We have nothing like that here..[sad]
    I know you had so much fun.. And how wonderful for the community to come together like that..
    so proud for you.. Keep sewing and crafting..and having fun.

  3. How lovely..I'm current doing the pillowcase dresses and I'm also run the Rochester burda style sewing club. Its so much fun.

  4. At work, on a Wednesday lunchtime, we have a 'craft session' in the cafeteria. We call it our 'oasis' within the week, where we can just put work aside and enjoy whatever project we've brought to do. Also a good way of getting to know other people across the company.