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She met the world with love

The initial crafting stage of this project is over, we are onto construction!

There cannot be a single soul who has not been shocked and 13533210_1151677034882655_45421188523841453_n.jpghorrified by the devastating attack and murder of MP Jo Cox. Truly awful, at times like this one struggles to find the words to make any sense, there just aren’t any. We feel desperately sorry for Jo’s children, DH, parents, family and friends, and are thinking of all who love and miss her.

In one of the most beautiful and courageous pieces written her husband Brendan has said she would have wished now for their children to be bathed in love, this really resonates with what we hope Woolly Hugs is all about.

Jo represented the good things in the world, all that is the opposite of bitterness and hatred, let us do something now for her, for her husband and their children, by sending love, compassion, strength and support. We hope it will bring them a little comfort. We are thinking of them. [thanks]

We are very fortunate to have one of her good friends on board, we asked if she could help us, and she will, and will be able to pass on the blankets to the children when the time comes, we can’t thank her enough, she says “With your permission, I will pass the message on that they are being made. I know they have taken great comfort from the love everyone’s shared in the last few days and this will be equally welcomed. You are brilliant. Thank you xxx.”

 

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Firstly, we would like to make a blanket for both of Jo’s children, big enough that they can snuggle with their dad and find warmth and comfort.

Secondly we would like to make a blanket for Auction in the run up to Christmas, and have chosen one of Jo’s charities to be our recipient. Brendan said it would have been Jo’s wish that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her, so we have chosen the charity called *Hope not Hate.*  It seems right.

Thirdly, may we encourage folk to contribute to our existing Woolly Hugs’ Refugee Project,  all crafting info is here.]] Jo campaigned tirelessly for refugees, this seems very appropriate. We know we cant help everyone, but one square, one blanket, a pair of gloves, one warm hat, one step at a time, really every little thing will help. Thank you.

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 Crafting information for the three blankets

 

All yarn to be Stylecraft Special DK, which is very easily available, this is a good retailer. Please make sure your square fits into one of these palettes. It will make it much easier. Thank you.

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Vintage, above: Duck egg, sage, storm, parchment, pale rose, pomegranate, raspberry, grape, cloud blue, sherbert.

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Traditional, above: Parchment, cloud blue, denim, sherbert, aster, petrol, lipstick, claret, burgundy.

 

  • Squares to be 6 inches, using 4mm hook or needles.
  • All crafting abilities  _genuinely_ welcome, simple, complex, squares made by beginner or experienced are equally welcomed. It really is the love and thought that counts.
  • When finished *please sew in those ends* but don’t block your work.
  • Then PM for details for posting.
  • Last posting to be July 27th.

 

We are on Facebook as Woolly Hugs and Twitter @Woolly_Hugs which are both good ways to keep in touch. Do join us there if you would like to.

 

“She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her.”

Christmas Craft Sale 2016


Welcome to the start of 2016’s Christmas Craft sale!

This year we have chosen to split the funds, primarily we want to help the amazing work the Alzheimer’s Society do. They give wonderful support to those worried about and affected by dementia as this can be a desperately sad, lonely, bleak and isolating place to be.

We’d love to be able to do something to help, we really hope you will join us.

The Alzheimer’s Society aim to provide friendly expert advice on their Helpline, they run an online forum to enable individuals to talk to others affected by dementia, and also organise community-based services. Brilliant. If you would like to find out more see here…

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We would also like to use a third of any funds raised to support our own family blanket projects.

Will you join us?  There are several ways to get on board, as a crafter, a donor to help others craft and ultimately we will need folk to buy our treasures!

 

Crafting info…

We are aiming to make and sell small/lightweight Christmas craft items, and to keep postage costs to a minimum we ask that ideally anything made can be sent on to a buyer in a large envelope. We are open to larger items too obviously, that is just a guide.

Some suggestions for you, but we are very open to others too…

  • Stocking fillers, although obviously Father Christmas is REAL, this is just to help.
  • Christmas tree decorations, bunting, garlands.
  • Stockings
  • Small gifts – Little bags, purses, brooches, hair accessories, key rings, gift bags, tags,
  • Clothing items such as gloves, hats, scarves, shawls
  • Lovely lovely things!

 

Woolly, fabric, embroidered, beaded, all crafty crafts welcome!!

If you make something to wear, please include washing info for that item, so that the purchaser can look after their treasure for the time to come.

Items from last year can be seen in our Christmas albums on our Facebook page, Woolly Hugs.

Last posting for crafts to be Monday 14th November please. Please PM for the posting information.

Donor info…

If you would like to contribute funds to help others craft we would love to hear from you. Our Paypal is admin@woollyhugs.com

The Event itself…

Our Christmas Craft sale will take place ONLINE between the evening of Wednesday 23rd November and run through to Sunday 27th November. It will be organised through an Event page as we have done before. In addition we will be auctioning a range of items through our website which will help folk not on Facebook, or those who prefer to take part in this way.

 

We are on Facebook as Woolly Hugs and Twitter as @Woolly_Hugs both good ways to keep in touch too.

 

We are keeping it all crossed that this Sale will be a huge success, with your love and support we have every confidence, huge heartfelt thanks.  K&P xx

To buy one of our gorgeous bags!

Our cotton tote bags make perfect bags for those WIPS and general woolly essentials, ooh and indeed a multitude of non woolly things too! This design is from Pixie and we call it Gin and Coffee 🙂  100% cotton. It is in a warm purple, and is just lush. Size wise…

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Only £6 including P&P

 

To order

Please message through here or email us on admin@woollyhugs.com, make sure you include your postal address. Please state it is the Gin and Coffee bag. Let us know how you will be paying.

 

To pay 

Our first choice is Bank transfer

•We are a Cooperative account in the name of Woolly Hugs

•Account number: 65579631

•Sort code: 089299

•Please add a note with your name, first name plus initial is enough and say it is for a Bag!

 

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•We also accept paypal – we are admin@woollyhugs.com

•Cheques, cash to Woolly Hugs, please send to the Teddington address, message if you need it.

We have a limited first run of these, we hope they sell, all money raised will go to support Woolly Hug projects.

THANK YOU so much xxx

Christmas Hug Project. Waiting to confirm this project will run in 2020!

This is a beautiful new project making cuddly friends to give to Chernobyl children in Belarus. It is run through a charity called Friends of Chernobyl Children who as well as bringing children over, work with families in remote areas in Belarus experiencing extreme poverty in very challenging conditions.

Waiting to confirm this project will run in 2020!

Can you help us?

  • We are looking for homemade cuddly friends to go and give huge hugs to children this Christmas time.
  • Knit, crochet, sewn all very welcome indeed.
  • Teddies, rabbits, people, this bit is up to you!
  • Avoid white and very pale colours for practical reasons.
  • Size wise – approx 20 – 30cm, not much bigger please for transportation purposes.
  • We don’t know exactly the ages of the children who will receive them, so please avoid buttons and trimmings that might be dangerous for little ones.  Think safety!
  • These are for boys and girls, neutral is good, but we would love some aimed at each too.
  • Our Christmas Hugs will be given to the children during December/January in time for the Orthodox Christmas

 

Thank you so much, as always. xxx

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The Blanket for TheDisillusionedAnarchist

We received Rumer’s blanket on Friday and we just wanted to say thank you so very much. It is beautiful and it made me cry. The rainbows just like her blanket, the elephants after her suits. Incy Wincy spider, the morning town train, the boat and the grey bear including one with his white bow tie, so lovely. We will treasure it. This is a picture of Rumer’s very new brother Sage on Rumer’s blanket.

Our original thread is here