A Jumble of News

We have so far given about 4 quilts and 8 cushions to the Furniture Bank who are collecting household goods for the Syrian refugees moving into the Stroud District this year. And I have another 9 cushions which I hope to deliver tomorrow. The first family is due next month but accommodation is in short supply, so if you know anyone with a flat or house to let, please tell me [Fran] and I will … Continue reading A Jumble of News

Latest News, January 2016

Group events, shopping opportunities and culture… Yesterday (a monthly Wednesday) we worked on the quilt that Sue Kerton and others are making for an acquaintance of hers, to raise money for the refuge. The quilt top is coming on apace. Also yesterday I handed over some quilts and cushions we had made to the Stroud Furniture Project to make the homes of our Syrian refugees more comfortable. The next Wednesday is on February 10th (11am to … Continue reading Latest News, January 2016

Plans for the New Year

We have got three Wednesdays fixed for working on various projects, one in each month: January, February and March. On the first of these we shall be working on a lovely quilt using up scraps of Liberty lawn which a woman of Sue’s acquaintance had left over from making her children’s clothes many moons ago. On the second we shall be working to make soft furnishings etc to enhance the homes of Syrian refugees. The third date … Continue reading Plans for the New Year


We had a session on Wednesday this week making bags and cushions for the Haven. We managed to use up some of the furnishing fabric we have been given and have tidied up/binned the remaining bits. Sue Kerton is taking these, and some quilts, to our Haven contact, for them to use or sell as they see fit.   Next year our first Wednesday session will focus on starting a group quilt. Sue Kerton has arranged for us … Continue reading Update

November weekend – how it went

The Skills Share weekend went well; it would be good to have any photos or reports of what we did, for those who couldn’t or didn’t come to the sessions. For me [Fran], the first dyeing session gave mixed results. The most successful were the bits of fabric squeezed into jam jars half full of dye. Avril’s tie dyeing gave some good results. I was too hasty and undid two of my tie dyes when … Continue reading November weekend – how it went

Time for a bit of a rant…

This is why I try to use organic cotton when I can… “The World Health Organisation estimates that 20,000 to 40,000 people die from accidental pesticide poisoning each year, most of them in developing countries. It is safe to assume that many of them are cotton farmers. A Pesticide Action Network survey documented 65 deaths in only two districts of Benin during the 2001 cotton growing season; 10 were children under 10.” [quote from the … Continue reading Time for a bit of a rant…

Latest plans

In November, Sue Collins is running a one-off crochet workshop for Transition Stroud. See the details on the Upcoming Events page, and please pass them on to anyone who might be interested. In case anyone is interested, I [Fran] am running two workshops on making marmalade, in January, as part of the same scheme. Leaflets for both are available in the village hall. I don’t have a picture of oranges for marmalade so here is a … Continue reading Latest plans

October News

Today we counted the garments we have made for Dress a Girl. We have made 21 dresses and 3 pairs of shorts – see the dresses on the washing line below. Many have a crocheted bear in the pocket, made by Sue Collins. We have also started making plans for out Skills Share weekend on November 7th and 8th. Kath is going to coordinate the offerings with Sue Kerton and draw up a plan. Outsiders are welcome … Continue reading October News

Dress a Girl Around the World

Yesterday, Wed 16th September, we had a day session in Chalford Village Hall making dresses and shorts for street children, to be distributed by the organisation called Dress a Girl Around the World. We used very simple patterns, which allowed us to work quite quickly and get a sense of achievement from the day. As the photos show, there was a good atmosphere in the hall and we finished about 10 items. We now have a box … Continue reading Dress a Girl Around the World

Stitching prisoners

We have been sent information about a show in October. FINE CELLWORK Sale of embroidery work created by prisoners Saturday, 3rd October 20159am to 3pm by kind permission of Jeremy and Caroline Hill The Old Priory, Church Lane, NorthWoodchester GL5 5NF Work for sale will include cushions, quilts, pincushions, bags, Christmas decorations and much more. Plenty of ideas for Christmas shopping – 82 days until Christmas! FCW will give a talk on ‘Working in prison in … Continue reading Stitching prisoners