Crafters Dozen – week ten

Good morning everybody,


It seems this week I have succumbed to the flu bug that’s going around… I managed to keep away from all the people at work that have been sick for the last several weeks – but then hubby came home over the weekend and shared the bugs with me – don’t you love that!!??


This weeks message is short and sweet, as in addition to feeling unwell, I’ve got lots of exciting stuff for Crafty Volunteers going on in the background that’s keeping me busy, and that I hope to be able to tell you about in the next month or two. In the meantime the challenge this week is one for the people that sew…


Crafters Dozen – week ten


On the 10th week of crafting the people made with love … marble maze and cushions … warm socks and slippers … textured twiddle muffs … kids and teenage clothing … shawls, wraps and ponchos … warm baby clothes … bright cuddly blankets … sleeping angel wraps .. hats, scarves and gloves … and a bear for a child in need.


Many of the charities that need our support required quite a number of sewn products, and today I’m going to introduce you to two of them – one for children, one for post-surgery.


Marble Mazes are an easy entertainment to make for children. They are stimulating, and help teach focus – therefore they are great for smaller children, and older kids with learning difficulties or special needs. I think they look pretty awesome, and might make one for myself to keep…


You can mix and match with fabric and design, including piecing different fabrics together; you can use the maze designs in the pattern we are sharing HERE (from Foster Hope), or make your own maze design. Feel free to get creative and show off your design flair. Any mazes that we receive will go to Foster Hope, as well as to some special needs children that will benefit from these play mats.


Cushions – there is always a demand for the “heart cushion”, which was originally given by the Cancer Society to women who have had a mastectomy and are tender in the surgery area. The Cancer Society tell me that they also give them to patients who have tender belly’s post surgery, and find it painful to put a seat belt across their laps.


Another variation is the “anti-ouch pouch” which again was originally designed for post mastectomy patients, but could easily be used by patients who have had other surgeries. The point of difference from the heart cushion is that it looks more like a shoulder bag, and the straps hold it in place. This design could definitely be used by a number of different patients in bruised or tender areas (I could certainly have used one after my hysterectomy, as clutching a bed pillow every time I went in the car wasn’t great).


Both the Marble Maze and the Cushion patterns are simple, and can easily be made using up oddments from a sewers stash. I look forward to seeing some bright and textured designs coming in.


Thanks to everybody who has been sending items in – please do keep them coming. Items can be sent to Crafty Volunteers, c/- Nancy’s Stitch Studio, 261 Thorndon Quay, Wellington. Or for those of you in other areas of the country – please do feel free to find your local Foster Hope branch HERE, or your local Cancer Society branch HERE, and deliver them in person – I’m sure they will be delighted to see you. If you are delivering to your local areas, we would love to see a photo of your finished products, maybe even as you are doing the delivery, and we will post it on Facebook.


As Anne keeps reminding me – “if everybody does a little, it soon becomes a lot” – and I’m so very grateful for all the little bits that keep coming in.


Crafters Dozen – Saturday 12th of August


Thanks to the people who have offered to help on the day, I’ll be in touch next week to finalise things. And we do need more people to help – please let me know if can give us a some time – or 021-511004.


Here’s how the day is looking:

  • 12 hours of Crafting – from 9am til 9pm – come for an hour or come for the day!
  • Newlands Community Centre – 9 Batchelor St, Newlands
  • Tea / coffee supplied – and any donations of yummy treats or baking will be very much appreciated. And for those around at dinner time, we are thinking of all putting in a few $$ to get a bulk supply of fish and chips
  • Children welcome – please stay with them to supervise (and join in the fun!)
  • Gold Coin Donation – to help cover the costs of venue hire and running the event
  • Sewing Station – making Warren Bears; twiddle aprons; cutting down and binding woollen blankets; baby bibs; animal toys; small quilts
  • Twiddle Muffs Station – knitting and crocheting; using up our stash of textured yarns; buttons, beads and zips
  • Toy Stuffing Station – stuffing and sewing Warren Bears; knitted and crocheted bears; animal toys; rabbit squares
  • Peggy Square Station – crocheted and knitted squares; sewing squares together; making edges for blankets
  • Craft and Chat Area – spend a few hours with us and make a bear, a twiddle muff, a beanie, or a pair of slippers; learn some tips from other crafters
  • Learn to Knit or Crochet – in the Peggy Square Station
  • Crafting Tips and Techniques with Anne – in the Craft and Chat area, at 2pm and 7pm (approx. 30-40 minutes)
  • Donations Table – please bring in your completed items and any donations of yarn or fabric
  • Transport – if you don’t have transport and would like to come along, please contact us in advance, so we can help arrange some transport for you. And if you’re able to help with some driving, please let us know – many thanks


This is a huge event for us, and we are very keen to make it a wonderfully enjoyable day for all. It’s being organised by just a handful of people – so we would be very grateful if you could put your hand up to help for a few hours.


It’s going to be an awesome day, so please make sure all of your crafty family and friends from Wellington / Hutt / Kapiti / Wairarapa / Horowheuna / Manawatu know about it.


Yours – with Love, Compassion and Hope