The StraightCurves Charity Crafting Group is headed up by Sam & Karen and is for people in the Chesterfield area who want to make and create for charity.
The group started as a way to coordinate our contribution to the Age UK Big Knit, but we soon realised we had many more charity ideas. We have supported both local and national charities and kind folks help out by taking part in our group campaigns or donating handmade items for sale.
We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm until 8.30pm for a cuppa and a chat and to make together, but you can create wherever you like – there is no need to attend the meet-ups to be part of the group! We have a Facebook Group too if you would like to share pictures of what you are making, or you can email them to us. There is no charge for attending our meet-ups but we ask for a 50p donation per hot drink.
Please get in touch if you would like more information on what we get up to. We also take donations of yarn, so if you are making stuff for any of our charity projects please pop in to pick some up if you are running short.
We are currently involved in the following projects:
The Little Yellow Duck Project
The Little Yellow Duck Project aims to raise awareness of the importance of blood, bone marrow and orgna donation by leaving random acts of kindness (little yellow ducks) around for people to find and adopt. You can read more about the project on their website. Their site also contains a huge number of patterns for knitted, crocheted and sewn ducks.
Release your ducks into the wild yourself and send us a photo, making sure that you remember to attach a label! Your ducks don’t have to be yellow – use your imagination (and your yarn stash!). Don’t forget to check the map regularly to see whether your ducks have found new homes!
Twiddlemuffs for Dementia Patients
Twiddlemuffs are, essentially, tubes of fabric with bits and bobs attached inside and out. These bits and pieces keep restless hands busy, promote brain stimulation and many patients suffering from Dementia find twiddlemuffs comforting and reassuring.
There is a pattern for a knitted twiddlemuff, however they can also be crocheted or sewn – the principle is the same, create a tube around 30cm long and attach lots of bits and pieces. Buttons, zips, beads and textured yarns are all perfect for this – so twiddle muffs are an excellent stash-busting project!
Please bring your completed twiddlemuffs to the studio for us to distribute to local hospitals and care homes.
Belongings Pouches for Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Chesterfield Royal Hospital are looking for sewn, knitted or crocheted envelopes or pouches, around 20cm square, to be given to relatives when returning belongings after a loved one has passed away.
If you are able to put something together, or donate fabric scraps for us to pass on for somebody else to do, it would be much appreciated. Donations will be collected at the StraightCurves studio and passed on to the hospital in batches.
Wrap Pyjama Fairies
Wrap Pyjama Fairies is a charity providing surgical gowns and specially adapted pyjamas in bright and fun fabrics to help make poorly children feel more comfortable and a little bit special whilst in hospital.
Because of the nature of the finished article, quality control for these garments is quite rightly very strict. If you would like to become a Fairy, please read through the Rules for Becoming a Fairy carefully. Finished garments should be donated directly to Wrap Pyjama Fairies.
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