12 Jan 2024
Heather, a member of Trudewind Rd Neighbourhood House, talks about the connections and friendships she has found through one of Trudewind's craft groups.
Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House has six different craft groups that meet each week. Each group has their own purpose, including knitting, sewing, cross stitch, embroidery, crocheting and patchwork.
In an average week 40 or so members attend, a number of whom have been part of Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House for many years and created great friendships through a common interest.
Here is one story from Heather, one of Trudewind's members.
"It started with allowing myself the time to get out of the house, not worrying about the family, the 'to do' list or the housework! Just TIME to do something for me, something to get inspired about!
"It started with a piece of material, thread, and a small needle.
"When I look at this quilt and admire what I have achieved over the years it overwhelms me, because it's not just a quilt that I see.
"I see so much more.
"Firstly, I think of the generosity of a very special person who offers her time to share her skills and knowledge, whenever I had a question about patchwork. I appreciate your help and would like to say a huge thank you to Pat McMillan.
"I also see friendships that I have made, memories that I hold, cups of tea shared and a whole lot of laughs along the way.
"It's funny how a craft group brings out a sense of belonging, the willingness to share knowledge without profit, create ideas to inspire others. The benefits I have experienced from being a part of this group are life changing.