Craft Space: a new place @ Shirley Library

When the community hall in Shirley Road was demolished, we didn’t just lose a hall, we lost a place to learn and practice handicraft. Many groups struggled to find a new location and many people, displaced from their homes, didn’t know where they could go. Some tried crafting alone at home, but it is a bit boring and you don’t learn from others.

Here at  Shirley library we have attempted to fill the void. We did have two craft clubs. Knitting for a Cause ran onCover: More Blankets and Throws Tuesdays and the ladies knitted and crocheted granny square rugs for the children in CHOC, the Children’s Haematology Oncology Centre at Christchurch Hospital. The Craft Club met on Mondays and worked on simple craft projects using donated materials. Knitting for a Cause made enough granny squares to make fifteen rugs for the children in CHOC, while the Craft Club made pincushions, scrapbook pages, cards and egg cozies. After much discussion, it was decided to combine the two groups and re-launch with a new time, new day and a new name.

EmbroideringCraft Space at the Shirley Library is held on the last Tuesday of the month, 1-3pm, for social crafting and featuring guest demonstrators. You can bring along your crochet, knitting, scrapbooking and more. We also provide a box of craft supplies to help you get creative.

On June 25th we welcomed Canterbury Embroiderers’ Guild. The ladies turned up at 1pm  and Michelle made them welcome.  By the time I arrived, everyone was working on their projects. One was doing cross stitch, another was hand quilting a blanket. Hexagonal patches were been carefully pieced together to create flowers. Approximately fifty more motifs will be needed to make the quilt. One lady showed me her up-cycled muff.  One was teaching another how to do blanket stitch.  Books on embroidery and ideas were happily shared by all. Talking and sharing was the theme for the day and no-one mentioned EQC or insurance.  I was amazed how quickly the time passed and too soon everyone started packing up. On Tuesday I learned one very important thing: handicraft isn’t just about the making; it is about the learning and sharing, friendship and company that goes with social activity.

If you need somewhere to craft, come down to the Shirley library on the last Tuesday of the month 1-3pm.  You might like to contact your local library to see if they have a craft group or check out CINCH for a craft group near you.Craft Space in actionCraft Space in action

Tasselled handcrafted bag

For more photos of the Craft Space in action, check our Flickr set.

4 thoughts on “Craft Space: a new place @ Shirley Library

  1. Juliet 3 July 2013 / 7:16 pm

    What a great idea. Crafting is so much more fun when it’s shared with others. Libraries that foster a sense of community are to be treasured.

    • ValerieL 18 July 2013 / 7:14 pm

      I’ve been on holdiays and I really hope the Shirley community have been crafty in my absence. I spotted a few things I would like to try out. A spot of Shirley Library Yarn Bombing maybe?

  2. purplerulzpurplerulz 5 July 2013 / 12:52 pm

    It really is a wonderful idea for the libraries, so glad yours is working so well. At Fendalton library, we have a mainly knitting and crochet group on Thursdays 2 – 3.30, but anyone with a craft is welcome! It truly is a place of friendship and fun and often much hilarity! Ideas and patterns are swapped and help is often given.

    • ValerieL 18 July 2013 / 7:09 pm

      I’ve seen the Fendalton group in action and it was great to see a space for knitting, chattering and connecting with like minded crafty folks who love sharing skills and ideas

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