When my girls were young I made lots of clothes for them – dresses, skirts, shorts, tops, pj’s, sweaters, cardigans, hats & mitts .....
And of course they got to an age when ‘shop bought’ was more desirable than ‘mum made’.
My sewing machine and knitting bag lay neglected for around 10 years, only seeing an occasional airing to help with a fancy dress costume or two!
Then one day a couple of years ago I found Loving Hands – quite by accident.
What an inspiration!
My needles, pins & hooks have never stopped since!!
Loving Hands was set up in 2007 by the founder (Lou Jaap). Her remarkable story can be found on the Loving Hands website and is so worth reading!The ethos behind Loving Hands is to bring together like minded crafters who band together to knit, crochet and sew for charities and groups from all over the world.
Members make everything from premature baby clothes, burial items for tiny babies who do not survive, knitted 'boobs' which are mostly used to teach breastfeeding in UK hospitals, blankets, knee rugs and shoulder wraps for the elderly, hats for sailors, warm clothing for the homeless and for children living in freezing conditions , to animal nests & blankets, hen coats - even bags to save tiny puffins who have been blown off course! Our aid has gone all over the world.
Numbers are now fast approaching the 8000 mark with local groups all over the UK, and Loving Hands has featured in many magazines and newspapers.Through belonging to this amazing group of loving, talented people many have found a reason to get up in the morning, a distraction from pain/long term illness/family problems, something to smile about and look forward to. Dozens of new friendships have been formed and projects have benefitted from the awesome power that is Loving Hands.
Thank you Lou – you are a remarkable woman.
Here are some of my contributions ~
Premature baby tops and hats - made and donated last year
|premature baby tops - charity knitting|
|crochet baby hats - charity donation|
|sleeveless baby cardigans - charity knitting|
|baby hats - charity knitting|