The Craft Class has moved and will now be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month from 2 - 4 p.m. in the St David's centre / Canolfan Dewi Sant, Pensarn, Abergele.
There is plenty of room to accommodate new members, though you must be a member of the U3A.
The craft interests listed already include crochet, knitting, lace-making, chinese painting, embroidery, sewing, tapestry, quilting, cross-stitch, jewellery making. Card-making and beading also appear to be popular these days. The idea is that members come along and do any craft they are already familiar with, or take the opportunity of learning a new one from another member.
This being the whole idea of the U3A, to share our expertise with each other. 'Craft and chat in pleasant company'.
The pictures below are examples of the kind of items we are making. As you can see they are all on going.
Joan Evans, the leader of the group has been busy making a quilt to which there is a story attached. Here is Joan's story.
I was approached by a member of the U3A craft class to help a friend of hers, (Sheila, a non U3A member) who some years ago had joined a patchwork and quilting group in order to make a single bed quilt. As they had to take their sewing machines to the classes, and this lady had no car, she was given a lift by another member of the class.
In the very initial stages the lady with the car dropped out, consequently Sheila also had to drop out as she had no other means of getting there with her machine.
Our craft group member asked me to help her make the quilt. I went to see Sheila and offered to help her each week for a couple of hours, but as she unfortunately developed a health problem she felt unable to use her machine. She wanted very much to see the quilt completed, having paid over £100 on materials, but did not want to keep it. I was very busy at the time making quilts for my family, however if she could be patient I would do it.
The quilt had to be made from scratch, right from cutting the patches. However I eventually got round to it and the quilt was completed. Sheila was delighted with it and stated she did not want to keep it, so we decided between us that it should go to St Kentigern’s Hospice to be raffled for fund raising.
I contacted their fund-raising department, and Sheila and I took the quilt during June. They were very grateful, and showed us all around the Hospice which we found very interesting.
Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.