Rugs made with love to warm up those in need
EVEN the powerful winds and lashing rain of a major East Coast Low can't stop the needles flashing at the Coffs Harbour Quilters and Needlecraft weekly meetings.
Thursday mornings at Coffs Harbour's Cavanbah Centre are devoted to all things fabric, with members braving rain, snow and gloom of fog to gather and work on projects from quilts, smocking and embroidery to knitted jumpers and stuffed toys.
But one corner is always devoted to Wrap with Love.
Coffs Harbour's Margaret Hivon is the local co-ordinator for this Australia-wide all-volunteer project, which sees people creating squares to be turned into rugs.
Crocheted, knitted, woven or patch-worked, these squares are collected and sewn together to make warm blankets for people in need around Australia and around the world.
The work is also supported by Coffs Harbour's library service.
The Harry Bailey Memorial Library is the drop-off point for completed squares as well as hosting Yak and Yarn days.
Among those making squares is retired emergency department nurse Shirley Rose, who crochets a mean square.
The Ulysses Motorcycle Club member, who rides her bike to group meetings on fine days, was recently mildly offended to be told: "You don't look like someone who crochets."
"What does someone who crochets look like?' asked Shirley.
Coffs Harbour Quilters and Needlecraft will host its annual Zone Day on Thursday, September 15.
The group is inviting members of other craft and sewing clubs to join them at the Cavanbah Centre in Harbour Dr from 9am-noon.
The $5 entry fee will include morning tea and lucky door prizes.
Timeless, a display of quilts made by members, will be a feature and there will also be displays of various crafts as well as wraps with love, trauma teddies and charity quilts.