'Plain & Pearl' is an informal social knitting group which started in early 2011. During this time our membership and friendship has grown considerably. We welcome all ages and abilities and currently have attendance from a wide range of ages – spanning from 10 to 80!
The 'Plain & Pearl' knitting sessions are creative and fun, with knitting abilities ranging from the 'absolute beginner' to some very serious knitters who are known as 'the experts'. The “Plain & Pearl” knitters meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Parish Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
The atmosphere is relaxed and supportive and we operate a 'buddy' system to offer advice and assistance. Refreshments, needles, patterns, ideas and help are provided. In addition to being able to knit for yourself, knitting projects have included knitting mittens and jumpers for the craft stall at the Church Bazaar and Welcare.
Other projects have included cardigans, booties and hats for the local premature baby unit and mini bobble hats for Innocent Smoothie bottles (an Age Concern initiative). Knitted blankets and Teddies will soon be delivered to South Africa where a member of the group has links with an orphanage and a crèche situated in the Limpopo region.
In addition to 'Plain & Pearl' knitting we also run 'Plain and Pearl Craft'. This group meets on the 4thTuesday of the month in the Parish Hall from 7.30pm – 9.30pm.
The craft group is also well attended with a similar age range to that of the knitting group. During the last year we have all enjoyed turning our hands to a variety of craft activities. These have included a 'Bunting' session, making 'felt' hearts and stars for the Church bazaar, Orange Pomanders, Paper craft and Christmas card making. On the 6th December we really got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed a Christmas Wreath making session accompanied by Christmas music, mulled wine and homemade mince pies. More recently everyone enjoyed a 'learn to crochet' session that was extremely well received.
'Plain & Pearl' also organise social outings for the members which have included a visit to Alexandra Palace and to Sunbury Gardens to watch embroidery workshops and to indulge in a spot of lunch at the same time!
We welcome all new members – who will be warmly received. There is a small charge to cover refreshments.
For more information please email email@example.com, or just turn up on a Tuesday evening.
Events for 2018 are on our brand new website here
Beading with Lorraine
Maltings Unravel Knitting Festival
Olympia Stitching & Knitting Show
Landmark Contemporary Textiles Fair
Craft Material Swap
Embroidery with Ann
Preliminary Session Medieval Headdress Making
Wimbledon Open Art Studios Show
Teddington Village Fete
Launch of the Ark at the TEDD800 River Blessing Celebration
Sewing up blankets
Making headdresses with the Guides 7.30pm
7.30pm Ivy Swags workshop
Ali Pali Stitching & Knitting Show
and Beads & wire decorations for the Xmas Tree
TBC Landmark Sparkle Craft and Food Fair
Crafternoon - 24th Sept 2016
"A beautiful craft-filled Saturday afternoon was held to celebrate Plain and Pearl's 5th Birthday. A fabulous range of cakes, crafts and entertainment were on offer to the 50 people who came. All left feeling happier for the experience.
Plain and Pearl was the brain child of Josie and Joy, who set out to ensure that the knowledge of traditional hand crafts is passed on to others willing to learn, young and old. They never imagined that 5 years later they would have so many members ranging from 8 to 80 years old.
This friendly and enthusiastic group is open to all who wish to attend, from those with no previous experience to more accomplished crafters. The group meets twice a month, with attendees coming from Teddington and further afield. Meetings include the opportunity to learn and practise old and new crafts, as well as to put skills to work making things and raising money for charities."
contributions from Jane, Joy B. & Amanda
P&P are now looking for donations of extra large vintage buttons (4.5cm/2” diameter) for items being made for the Church Bazaar on 26 Nov.
For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Teddington Village Fete - 26th June 2016
This year's P&P stall was decorated in colourful yarn bombing made from handknitted scarves. Lots of people visited our stand and took part in various crafts such as in arm knitting, crocheting, rag rug making, amigurumi, sewing buttons challenges.
(If you are wondering what happens to the yarn bombing scarves, they will be transformed into blankets for the homeless.)
The Plain & Pearl stall at the Teddington Village Fair, 16th June 2013
The Christmas Wreath Making session in December 2012
Since the first 'Plain and Pearl' meeting we have received many texts and emails of thanks and real appreciation:
"So grateful to get out of the house" and "what a wonderful evening I have really enjoyed myself – what a warm welcome”
“I had not knitted for years and had forgotten how satisfying and relaxing knitting is. I will certainly be making an effort to knit more to de-stress”
“The buddy system worked very well and I was so pleased to be able to get my neglected half knitted jumper back on track”
“Everyone was extremely nice and very enthusiastic and I particularly loved the wide age range. It's certainly inspired me to start knitting again and I've even carried on with 'my project' at home.”
“Just to say what a great time I had last night, and thank you both so much for organising it. I'm looking forward to the next meeting and it's spurred to get on with my project.”
“I learnt to knit as a child, and would love to take it up again. I have thought about it before, but without my mother close to hand to help me out when I get stuck I have never been brave enough to give it a go.”
So do come and join us at our next meeting!
Joy & Josie
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