Handicrafts keep women busy

2018-10-23 06:00
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With Christmas looming you can pop in at the False Bay Handicraft Club in the hall near the library to buy smocked Christmas baubles and various other crafts.

On Monday 8 October the club held an open day to display their handicrafts to local residents, and anything from painted rocks to knitted jerseys and beanies were for sale.

“The club was started in 1986 under the chairmanship of Lyn Gray, who served in that capacity for two years. Founder members included Arnette Reeves, Sandra Mauger, Felicity Walker, Frankie Shoosmith, Georgie Gaylard, Sheila Everett (now 90 years old and an honorary member), Libby de Villiers, Liz Hood, Jenny Allen, Jenny O’Brien, Joan Stoll and Audrey Ball,” says Heidi Stevenson of the club.

The club started with around 20 members and through the years membership grew to about 120, but now there are only 60.

“False Bay Handicraft Club is actually an offshoot of the Thursday Craft Club and was started because the waiting list for people wanting to join the Thursday Club was too long – so a group of hoping-to-be crafters started the False Bay Handicraft Club.

“We offer a variety of lessons depending on what the members want, for instance beading, Australian cross-stitch, decoupage on various mediums, card making, painting on rocks, mosaic, smocked Christmas baubles and various other Christmas crafts, ribbon embroidery, making clocks from old long- playing records, teddy bear making, glass engraving and pewter work,” Stevenson says.

The club members also knit jerseys/pullovers/beanies and toys, and sew up tracksuits, trousers, tops, and so on. to donate to the Clothing Guild which distributes the items to those in need.

Stevenson says they collect dry food items every now and then to donate to a charity. She says members are mainly from Fish Hoek with a few from ‘over the mountain’. “We usually have an annual craft exhibition but, for various reasons, decided to include our exhibition with an open day this year.”

The False Bay Handicraft Club meets every Monday at the Civic Centre, Fish Hoek. Classes start at 09:00 and run until noon; the formal meeting starts at 10:00 after which tea and coffee are served.

Quite a few of the members are also members of the Thursday Craft Club. Some are members of the Quilters Guild, Fish Hoek Women’s Agricultural Society and Fish Hoek Gardening Club.

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