Encouraging and supporting local residents to use their crafting and creative skills for local good causes.
A key ambition of Community Crafters is to reduce levels of local isolation and loneliness through community-based crafting activities that enable people across all generations to get creative together, whether at home, in groups or at specially organised events.
Residents share photos of their creations on our Community Crafters Facebook group.
WILD ‘N’ WOOLLY – 2022
Can you help with ICA’s first Yarn Bombing event?
Wild ‘n’ Woolly is a giant nature themed woolly wonder that will be wandering its way across Portland over the next year.
The project, created from hundreds of hand crafted plants and animals, aims to highlight nature’s beauty and encourage more people to care for and protect their local environment and biodiversity.
To date a of total 58 people have contributed to the creation, the oldest being Joan Westman, aged 95yrs and youngest Ruby Hope, aged just 8yrs
The first stage of the installation, focused on summer, is currently based at All Saints Church, Portland. While here, residents will continue creating contributions for the second stage, which is dedicated to winter.
If you would like to get involved, feel free to knit, crochet, felt or sew your creations.
If you need inspiration, patterns are available at the ICA office. You can drop your completed items off their too (Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm) or call 01305 823789 to arrange collection.
Wild ‘n’ Woolly is also supporting a range of other local and international events, including:
- The Mason’s Marks, Dorset project being completed by Seb Brooke, Eden Portland
- The 2022 COP 15 Biodiversity Conference in Montreal Canada (December).
Here are just a few of the beautiful flora and fauna created to date…
If your looking for ideas…
SHOW US YOUR BAUBLES – CHRISTMAS 2021
100’s of Christmas Baubles created and hidden across Portland for others to find, including 10 very special baubles for which there was a prize.
Massive thanks to everyone that made and hid a bauble – you really helped a create a little bit of Christmas magic.
DECORATE YOUR DOORSTEPS – SUMMER 2021
Celebrating the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Project Manager Katy Pascoe explains, “We wanted to showcase our Island’s fantastic community spirit by covering Portland in colour in the lead up to the end of social contact restrictions. It was a time for celebration and gratitude, so we were looking for people to decorate their doorsteps with bunting, garlands and wreaths, or with anything else they fancied. The important thing was to come together and have a go!
“We also asked residents to donate their creations to ICA, so we could offer them to local organisations and communal spaces after the project was finished. Now we have a fantastic community resource that can be loaned out to help brighten up local events and celebrations.”
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA – EASTER 2021
ICA’s Knit A Chick project in March 2021 saw every child attending nursery, pre-school or reception class on Portland presented with a knitted or crotchet toy and chocolate egg Easter surprise.
The gifts were given by the community as a thank you for the children’s hard work during lockdown, which helped keep the Island’s most vulnerable residents safe.
In total 358 gifts were delivered, plus five Easter Bonnet prizes for Key Stage 1 classes at Atlantic Academy.
ICA Project Manager, Katy Pascoe, said, “We were blown away by the response to the project. Yet again Portland has shown true community spirit, with residents coming together to share their time and skills to brighten up someone else’s day.
“What we particularly loved about this project was not only its ability to bring different generations together, but also the fact that it helped reduce levels of loneliness and boredom for many of those who participated. In fact our oldest knitter was 94.”
Jayne Cox, who kick-started the idea added, “I’ve been a member of a few knitting and crochet groups for a couple of years now and after falling ill last July I found knitting really helped strengthen my hands again. I also know, as an active member of the community, that helping others is a great incentive to get up, get moving and keep yourself active. I guess it felt like a natural progression to see if there was a way I could use knitting to help others on Portland. I knew it was something the older generation enjoyed, but they haven’t always got family to knit for. So, I chatted to ICA about my idea and the project was created.”