NEW YARN CRAFT CLUBS
Craft Club was launched in late 2009 with a very successful pilot project at Lindens School in Sutton Coldfield
Click here to read about The Recycled Rainforest at Lindens School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
On this page we aim to bring you news and photos of new clubs all over the country. If you have a new knitting club, please send us details together with up to four images of your group knitting. Be sure to obtain permission from parents before sending in the photos. If you need any advice, help or volunteers, please get in touch and we will do our best to make it happen.
Clubs don't have to be in Primary Schools, we'd love to hear about any knitting groups where children are being taught to knit.
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South Hill Park’s Community Artist, Chantal Addley, has introduced, fun and exciting knitting to schools in the Bracknell area. Her workshops are purposefully flexible to include basic finger knitting which is easy for the youngest children, and knitting with an oversized French Dolly. The workshops culminate in a Big Knit, using people as pegs. She works with children and young people of all ages and abilities. Chantal uses cut up garments knotted together to create yarn (and she themes this workshop around recycling and raises awareness of waste streams). She also uses cling film filled with shiny paper to create shiny, soft sculptures. The photos above were taken during separate workshops with Slough & Eton College and Kennel Lane special school, to whom we are grateful for allowing us to take these photographs. Chantal Addley is available for workshops or talks about promoting knitting in schools.
Click here to contact Chantal
Margaret set up a Craft Club in Sandiacre near Nottingham in October 2012:
"I am pleased to tell you that the Knitting Club that we started in October last year at Cloudside Junior School, Sandiacre, Derbyshire is flourishing.
Click here to contact Margaret
Update from Heather Reeve:
"On 26th June 2012, we had a visit from Debbie Abrahams to Lawn School Yarn Crafts Club! She talked of how she began knitting, her training in knitwear design and her career so far. Debbie brought many samples of her work getting the children to guess what had inspired each of the squares on her blankets and allowed them to handle each piece. Next they were taught to knit with beads using a ball of cotton and a packet of beads which Debbie brought for each child. Needless to say we had a fabulous time and the excitement continued at club the next day with enthusiasm to continue knitting the heart shape (in beads) begun the previous evening."
Heather Reeve attended one of the first volunteer training days in September 2010 and set up a Craft Club at Lawn Primary School, Allestree, Derby. We started in March 2011 and have some 40 odd children attending for 1/2 an hour on Wed lunchtimes. I have 8 soon to be 9 very loyal helpers including WI, mums, grans and fellow church members.
Click here to contact Heather
Claire Hoey came to a Craft Club Training Day in Derby in September 2010. By the end of the month she had approached her local school, Bamford Primary School, Hope Valley, and had held
"Our knitted chain for the xmas
tree is so long now that the children were skipping with it. One of
the boys doing the sponsored knit who is doing finger knitting has
already reached 10 metres!!! Can you believe it. I was on dinner duty
today and I had a crowd of ALL boys sitting round me knitting!
"I just wanted to let you know
how our craft club is going. All the year 3's and year 4's are all
now able to finger knit!!! This week I have moved onto the year 5's
and 6's. But instead of finger knitting I thought we would try knitting
with the needles you gave me. The project that we are doing is for
all the children to knit a strip - if you imagine the strip of paper
that you would use for making a paper chain - and then we are looping
them all together to make a paper chain but knitted - sorry I made
that sound really complicated but I hope you get the idea. We will
then use it to decorate the school xmas tree. They are so excited
about it. Just this afternoon we had 10 strips knitted.
Click here to contact Claire
Becky Poynter runs a Craft Club at her local Primary School:
"Young Yeldham Yarnies" after school club which we run at St Andrew's Primary School, Great Yeldham, Essex. I've attached the latest picture of the first terms finished project - the seascape is about 4.5ft x 6ft and is primarily constucted from finger knitting and crochet, with pieces of conventional knitting thrown in! We were delighted with the first term's work - especially as the children were years 2 to 6 (but mainly from Key Stage 1) and none of them had knitted before. We have now moved on a "school banner" with a Noah's Arc theme, to be presented to the church and used at school services . In preparation for this we have been dying fleece and yarn, felt making, carding and attemtping drop-spinning - the kids love it!"
Click here to contact Becky
Kirsty Derson has just set up an afterschool knitting club at Stow on the Wold Primary School and a lunch time one at Blockley Primary school.
"I have one boy and 9 girls in the club at Stow on the Wold. The members of the club at Blockley are being sorted out now for the new term. We started off knitting a ring, about 10 stitches in a row and just 4 rows of garter stitch. They chose a button to add as embellishment. Since then they have been knitting rectangles for the above and below project. Today they have been learning how to purl so that they can knit a rib because they want to make leg warmers."
Click here to contact Kirsty
Kate Nisbet; "Here at Saint Aidan’s we have always encouraged students to acquire new skills and to put those skills to good use. As this is National Knitting Week, I thought we would let you know about our recently formed knitting group:
Click here to contact Kate Nisbet
Mary Walton, has been helping her knitting groups participate in the Woolsack project.
Mary was delighted to hear that some of the athletes were coming to train at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, as she hoped it might give the Year 5 and 6 knitters from Ormkirk C of E Primary and St Anne’s RC Primary the opportunity to present the cushions in person. The athletes are from the Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia and are being looked after at the University by Anthony Charlton, Associate Head of Department for Sport Studies and Sports. Anthony was able to organise the hand over last Friday, 6 July, and it was a big success for all involved.
The athletes were very impressed with their cushions and barely let them out of their arms after the presentation. The children were thrilled to meet the athletes. They all even had a running race together and the children were given Olympic badges as a memento of their visit.
Click here to contact Mary
Gosia Dzik-Holden runs a Knitting Club at Millfields Community School, Clapton, London E5. The knitting club at her local primary school has proven to be very popular. There are 10 complete beginners who all need a lot of attention. We meet once a week (on Thursdays) for an hour.
Click here to contact Gosia
Mary Brind-Surch runs Greens Norton knitting group near Towcester Northants. Every Thursday they teach children at the local Primary School to knit.
The Thursday Craft Club at Greens Norton Primary School was established by the Village Knitters in April 2010. Since then volunteers from the WI and Fifty Plus have taught children aged between 7 and 10 to knit. Each week up to 7 knitters work with 14 youngsters and together have made bunting to decorate the Breakfast and Afterschool Club room, Christmas decorations, Mothering Sunday gifts and entries for the Village Show. Efforts this term have been directed to the creation of a colourful blanket that has been given to village resident Mrs Marion Hope aged 92 years.
Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Brind-Surch, is thrilled at the progress the boys and girls are making with their newly acquired skill. At the assembly she told the children about the magic of knitting – how it is that a bag of donated yarn that could have been someone’s baby blanket or favourite sweater has been saved from the rubbish and made into a colourful and useful item that will keep someone warm in the chilly months. We are looking forward to 2012. ‘The Olympics and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will give us plenty of ideas to develop’ she comments.
Update June 2012: Our next project is helping he children produce an entry for the village show in early September
Click here to contact Mary
Paula Spray is involved as a volunteer on a Community Wool Craft Project in Wellington, Somerset
"Our group consists of Young people from Court Fields community school, community participants and volunteer helpers. We have been going since September 2011 and planned to finish the after school group in December. The young people loved the wool crafts so much and asked us if we could continue. So we are continuing to meet every Wednesday after School until 17:30. We would also like to start a new group in September and will start by taking the young people to see the sheep sheared, they will then be introduced to spinning, dyeing, knitting, back-strap and peg loom weaving."
Click here to contact Paula if you live in Somerset and have any needles and/or spare wool you can donate
Kathryn Hitchings is running a very successful knitting club at her school in Bucklesham, Ipswich, Suffolk:
"We've got mums/governors in, taught knitting with needles in small groups, and the children have then taught each other. We are planning to yarn bomb a local sculpture with our results and end the festivities with a sponsored whole-school knit. We intend to get the press involved. I really want to reward this healthy addiction. "
Click here to contact Kathryn
This Craft Club is run by Marion
Standing (Head Teacher) and Fiona Mcnulty
who teaches at St Mark's Primary School, St Mark's Road, Mitcham,
Surrey. The club has been running for the last two years, children
can join each term so the number we have changes, but we usually have
at least 10 members. Last term we had 9 girls and 3 boys. The club
runs once a week after school and lasts for an hour, the children
learn knitting, sewing and crochet.
Click here to contact Fiona
Phillippa Cheong has started a Craft Club at Moseley Church of England Primary School, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9EH. Head is Mrs Ashe. The school accommodates 210 pupils from Reception to Year 6.
The club runs on Friday lunch times and overall we have had 120 finger knitters during Craft Week and a turnover of 40 girls and boys coming to the Club classes. Once the children have mastered basic knitting they are welcome to come to our “Golden Time” sessions which are run weekly on a Friday 3pm for 30 minutes and this is open to the whole school as a drop in session. Many come regularly and an average attendance is 20, with 4 adult volunteers. The children’s progress to date, includes a blanket for a teacher’s expected baby, and the Guinness Book of Records longest chain contribution (so far it is about 14 metres long).
Click here to contact Phillippa
We are 29th Sutton Coldfield Brownies, from Birmingham, learning to knit with the help of parents and grandparents. After sewing the squares together some of us took the blanket to Birmingham Dog's home. We spent 3 weeks learning to knit. Some of the Brownies continued knitting at home. The girls are aged 7 to 11 years old. We decided to do some knitting to help celebrate our centenary, as it is an activity that helps us look back at traditions and yet do something that is very up to date, with the renewed interest in knitting. All the girls had a wonderful time, and although some struggled to start with, they all kept trying and the end result was a beautiful blanket.
here to contact Marion who helped set up this club