Are you feeling crafty? If you are, our new project All things are connected just might appeal to you. Over the next few months we’re aiming to get creative and produce several community “works of craft” to raffle off in the autumn and raise funds to support our conservation work here at Denmark Farm. We want this to be about community, about making friends, about sharing skills, about learning new things and about being part of the work of Denmark Farm, where we aim to highlight the relationships between people and nature, exploring the value and diversity of life and landscapes.
Initially we’re planning to make at least two ‘friendship blankets’ one of 6 inch squares and the other an appliquéd tree of life, but we are open to other ideas and would love to hear what you would like to do… a patchwork Denmark Farm? An embroidery of insects? A peg loom creation? All ideas welcome. You can contribute by coming along and making something with us, by donating yarn, by sending us something to incorporate or even by making a whole item for us to include in our raffle. If you are part of an existing group, you could consider making something collaboratively to donate to our fund-raising.
The inspiration for this project came from a collective creation that I have been focused on for a few months now that has yielded contributions from as far afield as India, Australia and the US. As I have been working on this, I have come to realise the joy of collaboration – of creating an object with other people – of discovering that, while all the individual elements are beautiful, drawing them together adds a whole extra dimension to what we can achieve. And if we can do this when we live hundreds and even thousands of miles apart, surely we can do something similar on a more local scale? So, can I tempt you to join in?
Whether you knit, sew, felt or crochet, or want to learn, why not come along to our ‘Cake and Craft’ afternoons at Denmark Farm to have a natter, learn or share a crafting skill and contribute to our community creations? Some of our tutors and volunteers, including me, will be there to help with knitting, crochet and creative ideas. So, come and spend a couple of hours with us and discover that together we can craft the world into a better place.
We’re asking that everyone who joins us for an afternoon makes a donation and extra cake will always be welcome! The first session is on 23 April, and the following ones on Wednesday 21 May, Saturday 7 June, Wednesday 25 June and Wednesday 16 July, all from 2 to 4pm. Join us for one session or all of them – you choose.
If you can’t be there in person, we will happily accept donations – yarn, six inch squares, embellishments for our tree of life (ones that can be stitched onto a blanket), whole crafty creations for our raffle and, of course, money if you want to support the work of Denmark Farm directly. You can call in with your donations or send them to us if you are further afield.
Jan Martin (Trustee – Shared Earth Trust)