Crafting workroom

Diverting waste textile from landfill; giving crafters a sense of purpose; and supplying charities with products required by their clients.

Crafty Volunteers Wellington has been gifted the use of a venue (outside of business hours), where we have established a Crafters Workroom that is open most Sunday’s. Crafters are invited to bring their knitting or crochet, or to sew peggy squares into blankets, or help with whatever project that is going on that week. This provides crafters with a sense of community and a sense of purpose.

At this venue, we run a textile repurposing programme, where we convert donations of commercial textile that would have otherwise gone to landfill, in to items that our charity partners provide to their vulnerable clients. We cut textile and create sewing project bags that are distributed to at-home sewers for sewing up. We are unable to have sewing machines on site so it is purely a place to cut textile and create sewing packs.

Currently we have approximately ¾ of a ton of textile available, that has been donated from commercial sources. We rely on the expertise of volunteer sewers in the area to suggest what items can be made out of what materials. Our aim is to repurpose as much of the donated textile as possible, with a goal of being very close to zero waste.

Donate to help us help others

Over the last 5 years we have operated on a near cashless basis, by becoming adept at getting new or used items either for free or heavily discounted – but some things simply need to be bought new.

In order to finish setting up the workroom, we are still seeking donations of the following items –  fold up trestle type tables, fabric scissors, cutting boards and roller cutters, plastic storage bins, plus consumables like elastic and velcro – please email maggie@craftyvolunteers.org.nz if you have any of these items available.

We have created a Givealittle Page especially for this project, as we know that we will have to buy some items, especially the ongoing consumables.

Your support is greatly appreciated and will help us continue to provide many thousands of items to our charity partners each year.

Location and getting there:

The Crafters Workroom is Room 11 (level 1) in the Trades Hall, 124 Vivian St, Central Wellington.

Because we have access to the venue during times that it is usually closed, we will post a note on the front and back door with a phone # to call or text to gain access. There is an elevator to get you up to level one, in addition to stairs.

Parking: There is loads of paid parking on Marion Street, plus the Wilsons multi story parking building (26 Marion St), and a Wilsons parking area immediately behind the building (29 Marion St – it’s not very well sign written, but it’s down the driveway directly across the street from the ramp to the parking building). The weekend rate for Wilsons parking is $4 per hour, with maximum charge of $8 for up to 12 hours.

Public Transport: There is a bus stop outside Briscoes, and one across the road (depending on which way you are travelling) so any bus that travels up/down Taranaki St will get you to within a few hundred meters.

Dates/time we are open:

Until such time as we have our necessary equipment on hand, please bring dressmaking scissors, cutting boards and roller cutters with you, if you have them. No sewing machines are to come in to the building. For those who want to bring your knitting or crochet project, feel free – or you might like to bring a darning needle and help sew peggy squares together into blankets. Rest assured there will be plenty of things to keep you crafting.

Sunday 4 April 2021 – CLOSED

Sunday 11 April 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 18 April 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 25 April 2021 – CLOSED

Sunday 2 May 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 9 May 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 16 May 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 23 May 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 30 May 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 6 June 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 13 June 2021 – Looking for a host – will advise if opening

Sunday 20 June 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 27 June 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 4 July 2021 – Looking for a host – will advise if opening

Sunday 11 July 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 18 July2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 25 July 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 1 August 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 8 August 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 15 August 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 22 August 2021 – Looking for a host – will advise if opening

Sunday 29 August 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 5 September 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 12 September 2021 – Looking for a host – will advise if opening

Sunday 19 September 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 26 September 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 3 October 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 10 October 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 17 October 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 24 October 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 31 October 2021 – Looking for a host – will advise if opening

Sunday 7 November 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 14 November 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 21 November 2021 – Looking for a host – will advise if opening

Sunday 28 November 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 5 December 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 12 December 2021 – 10am til 4pm – hosted by Maggie

Sunday 19 December 2021 – CLOSED for Christmas & New Year break

If anybody wishes to know more about this project, or to gain access to the venue outside of our open hours, please contact Maggie – maggie@craftyvolunteers.org.nz or ph 021-511004.

Thanks so much for your support