Bear with us

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Please join us and make bears for those who need a special friend. Over the month of June 2016 we will be promoting the making of sewn, knitted and crocheted bears to go to the many charities in New Zealand that support infants and children. Why not come along to one of the many event venues and enjoy some company while you make a bear for charity. Patterns for knitted, crocheted or fabric bears will be provided at the events and online, so you can create at home. We will also have yarn, fabric and stuffing at most venues but if you have any supplies you would like to donate they will be gratefully received. If you are unable to join us in person, you will be able to leave your stuffed/unstuffed bears at one of our many drop off points.

Locations/Times:

“Craft and Chat” Session – Brooklyn Community Centre – 18 Harrison Street, Brooklyn, Wellington – Wednesday 1 June, 6.30pm – 8.30pm (You are welcome to bring your sewing machine to this venue)*
“Knit and Natter” Session – Diana’s Lotto – 24 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach – Friday 10 June, 7pm – 9pm*
Made on Marion17 Marion Street, Te Aro, Wellington – Sunday 12 June, 1pm – 4pm (some Sewing machines are available to use or bring your own but please note that there is limited space for set up)
“Craft and Chat” SessionWar Memorial Library – 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt – Sunday 12 June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm*
“Craft and Chat” Session – Upper Hutt Spinners and Weavers club rooms, Trentham Railway Station, Upper Hutt – Thursday June 16 – 7pm – 9pm (You are welcome to bring your sewing machine but please note that there is limited space for set up)*
“Knit and Chat” Session – Central Library – 65 Victoria Street, Wellington  – Saturday 18 June, 10am – 4pm (This “Knit and Chat” session will also be taking part in World Knit in Public Day)*
Nancys Stitch Studio – 261 Thorndon Quay, Wellington – Sunday 26 June, 1pm – 4pm (Some sewing machines are available to use or bring your own but please note that there is limited space for set up)

*  These craft sessions are regular monthly/fortnightly/weekly meetings with a “Bear with us” theme.

Patterns

Here are some links to bear patterns that we have enjoyed making. All the patterns are permitted to be used for charity purposes only and neither the patterns or creations can be sold/ resold – this breaches the copyright.

Byron Bear (knitted)
Teddy (knitted)
Buddy Bear (knitted)
Teddybär (Crocheted)
Warren the Charity Bear (Sewn)*

*This pattern has no restrictions on use.

Drop off Points

Kapiti: Paula McKeown, Diana’s Lotto – 24 Maclean St, Paraparaumu Beach (during business hours).
Hutt Valley: NZ Home Loans – 67 Dudley St, Lower Hutt (during business hours).
Wellington: Mary and the team, Nancy’s Stitch Studio – 261 Thornton Quay, Wellington (during business hours)
Maryann and David Cathro, Made on Marion – 17 Marion Street, Te Aro, Wellington (during business hours)

If you can’t get to any of the drop off points you can post/courier your bear or bears to Nancys Stitch Studio, 261 Thorndon Quay, Wellington 6011 (courier) or
Nancys Stitch Studio, PO Box 245, Wellington 6011 (regular post). 

Thank you to everyone who is involved in the “Bear with us” promotion, we couldn’t do any of this without your help.

We hope that you can “Bear with us” in June and we look forward to seeing you all for some crafting fun!
Yours – with love, compassion and hope

Anna, Ros and Anne

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