In 2015 we decided to prepare a display to honour the men of Trumpington who had fought in World War One. We centred the display on the Roll of Honour in the Village Hall, and used information supplied by the Trumpington Local History Group. We experimented with many of the crochet and knitting patterns available for making poppies and produced some for the display and others in the form of brooches for sale in aid of the British Legion.
Family crafts days
We often help out at the family craft sessions put on by ChYPS
Making gifts for family and friends
We have occasional workshops for making seasonal gifts, depending on what people are interested in, and we usually make a few extra gifts and seasonal decorations for sale at local events such as the church bazaar or TRA Christmas Fair (above)
Cushions make great gifts which can be personalised for birthdays, housewarmings and other special occasions.
Our simple cushion pattern has proved a popular introduction to machine sewing, or a good way to get back to a sewing machine after a long absence. If you come along to a Stitchers session, you can choose some material, cut it out, sew it up, and take home a cushion cover by the end of the evening!
Cushion covers can also be knitted, crocheted, patchworked or any combination of creative stitchery. Have a look at our cushion cavalcade and you’ll see what we mean!
Fiona introduced us to the Harry Hedgehog knitting pattern, another good way to use up odds and ends of wool, and we have knitted dozens of all shapes and sizes.
Knitting for Charity
Several members have contacts with local charities or national organisations, and make a variety of things that they ask for. Some of them are a good introduction to knitting or crochet and we are compiling a library of useful patterns to meet their needs.
Our Monday evening meeting on the last Monday of the month is when we focus on knitting for charity, and are hoping to add some daytime groups meeting in other venues and some regular sessions in a local pub. Contact us if you would like to be part of such a group.
I love being able to use up left over wool for a good cause.”
Swishing is a Clothes Swap – bring along your unwanted clothes in good condition and take away something you love instead – a simple idea but a great one!
We have held two Swishing sessions, in partnership with Cambridge Carbon Footprint. We are also keen on stitching, so we set up a table for unwanted pieces of interesting fabrics and trimmings which we could add to our collection.
Materials like this are also welcomed by Scrapstore