Elizabeth Connor with Barbara Newell sewing a sleeping bag for her ‘cool’ cat at Sew Delightful

A delightful opportunity

by Ann van Engelen

The Darfield-based craft hub Sew Delightful has provided the opportunity for people to connect and learn the art of sewing for one year this March.

“A group of local women attended the Stitch-o-Mat sewing initiative in New Brighton. They got excited and brought the concept back to the Malvern area for community sewing projects,” says organiser Elizabeth Connor.

Elizabeth made herself available to manage Sew Delightful for the first year.

“It is an idea based on recycling materials that people no longer need such as from deceased estates or storage cleanouts. We teach people to sew or sewers can come and create projects for themselves, or the community rather than go and buy something. A gold coin donation is always appreciated to help with running costs and volunteers come and help when necessary.”

Children from the local school have lessons and have made items such as recycled veggie bags as part of their community project.

“These were donated to the community hub for people who live alone last Christmas. This term they are making oven mitts for the upcoming Malvern A&P Show. A team is also creating library book bags for junior students at the school.

“Sadly, my commitment was for a year as I am moving away from the area.

We are looking for someone, or a team of people, to take Sew Delightful into the future from March 19 as it would be sad to lose the momentum if the sewing room closed.”

If you are interested in volunteering at Sew Delightful contact Elizabeth on 027 349 0604.