It’s all for charity..

I felt compelled to make some bunting to decorate the cake table with

I felt compelled to make some bunting to decorate the cake table with

I did mention a little while ago that once the Masterpiece was finished, I would be moving on to another community craft project and you may have read my earlier post describing it. Basically, in order to raise funds for Denmark Farm, the educational charity that I am a trustee for, we have organised a series of ‘Cake and Craft’ events, at which we eat cake, knit and crochet. The plan is that our creations will be raffled off later in the year to raise funds. In the mean time, every few weeks, we have a wonderful, sociable get-together.

The first project is about making squares (like the ones for the masterpiece) with the intention of turning these into one or more blankets. As you can see, we are getting a good collection:

We have decided to make a traditional granny squares blanket with some of them and these are being edged in black to be stitched together soon. After that we’ll put together a more eclectic mix (more like the masterpiece) for a second blanket. We also plan to needle felt a large tree onto a cream-coloured wool blanket to make a tree of life, with appliquéd leaves, flowers, birds, bugs that have been sewn, knitted or crocheted.

Katy's hexagons

Katy’s hexagons

Then the other day I went to visit Katy the Night Owl and she donated a big pile of crochet hexagons to the project… I think these are going to be made into a baby blanket  or a lap blanket. Obviously, for a raffle, the more prizes we have the better, so I’m really hoping that there will be even more creations. in fact, I have noticed that we some squares that are bigger than 15cm/6 inches, and I’d love to use these (with additions) to produce a much more random blanket, with squares of all sorts of sizes.

If you are in the area, we’d be delighted to welcome you to any of the sessions (you can check details on our Facebook Page) and if not, we’d love donations of squares, additions to the tree of life or completed crafted items that we could include in the raffle. Is anyone up for it… I know you are all so generous!

If you come along, I can promise deliciousness!

If you come along, I can promise deliciousness!

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  1. Is the Tree of Life going to be an English/Welsh tree, or can I contribute an exotic bird or something to put in the branches? If not exotic, I shall make something appropriate!

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  2. I’ll make something…….I second Kate’s question, will it need to suit your Welsh countryside or can we go very Aussie?

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    • I’d love to see Aussie creatures… I guess I should be making red roses (I was born in Lancashire), white roses (I grew up in Yorkshire) and daffodils/leeks (I’ve spent all my adult life in Wales)!

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  3. This idea really has it all — companionship, generosity, craftiness and CAKE!

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  4. What a brilliant idea, community blankets seems to be having a revival and not before time, good luck with donations for such a worthwhile cause

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  5. Absolutely fantastic idea, would so love to join you for some cake. And crocheting, of course. But definitely CAKE.

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  6. OOO cake and chockie bickies…where can I sign up?

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