Time to check in on how we’re all travelling as Autumn descends…supposedly…and the weather gets better for those of us who spend our days covered in yarn. Our three current projects are off to a flying start, although we are always happy to welcome more crafters on board at any time. Click on the “Current Projects” tab on the main page for all the details you’ll need to contribute to all of our projects.
I’m reliably assured that there are many of you working away in the background in order to get your tiny teddies to us by the first shipment date of April 20th, 2017. For those of you who are pacing yourselves, there will also be a second shipment date deadline of May 19th, 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to get those teddies made and ready to ship out!
I spent a nice rainy day designing a pattern for a teddy of the right size. Despite his crooked nose, I think he turned out rather well! I’m hoping to write out the pattern with some accompanying photos and post it on this site in the not too distant future in case others want to make some teddies from this pattern. Of course, there are plenty of patterns for those of you already knitting, sewing or crocheting on our information page for this project, which you can access by clicking here and scrolling down the page a bit.
We were recently approached by Linda Fielding from Standby 24hr Response Service, which is a community based program providing support for families bereaved by the suicide of a loved one. Linda was requesting standard sized trauma teddies for their home visits; Standby’s stocks of teddies had been completely depleted as the service had already been called on to assist more than 40 families since the beginning of the year. I was lucky to be able to drop off an initial donation of 19 teddies to Linda this past week and she was supremely grateful to receive them.
The bears pictured here that I delivered to Linda were made by Carol Twiddy (bottom right – all the way from Victoria!) and Sue Shaw and the craft group at Holy Cross Primary School at Woolloowin in Brisbane (pictured top right and left). Massive thanks to Carol, Sue and the craft group for your contribution!
This project will be ongoing for the moment, as Linda assured me that the need for trauma teddies is constant in their support work. For more information on what we need for this project, click here.
As part of Maleny’s annual fibre arts festival, Knitfest, held over the weekend of July 8th and 9th, Mums 4 Refugees and Teddy Bears Without Borders are joining forces to take part in the tree decorating competition. The theme for the festival is “Under the Sea” and our tree will be tweaking that theme a bit to represent “safe harbour” for refugees and asylum seekers.
So far, myself and Laura, Andrea-Jade, Colleen and others from Mums4Refugees have been working away creating blue strips for the “sea” element of the design, as you can see below.
The tree is a right big old mama though, so the more the merrier! This is a great project for using up scraps of yarn AND trying out all those new stitches and techniques you want to have a go at, because it doesn’t matter if you make a few mistakes here and there when you’re yarnbombing!
As well as strips of blues and greens, we’ll also need lots of yellow motifs and pompoms, so to find out how to contribute to this project, just click here.
Are you working on any items for one of our projects? Let us know in the comments below or upload some pics to the Teddy Bears Without Borders Facebook page!