Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause
“It started with a pillowcase dress…and grew into a worldwide movement: crafters using their passion to help those in need. The Craft Hope blog-which organizes crafters to make handmade items for charities-has attracted followers around the world. This book, written by the site’s founder and featuring crafting’s hottest start, celebrates the cause and encourages others to join in.
Each project is matched with a specific charity, with alternative suggestions for local places to contribute the item. The projects-all with beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and templates-include: cheerful quilts for hospitalized children, soft dolls for Nicaraguan orphans, tug toys for animal shelters, knit gloves for homeless shelters, a cloth backpack for schoolchildren in Africa, a stylish purse for women moving out of abusive relationships, and knit scarves for fostercare teens heading off to college. Contributors range from fabric designers Amy Butler and Heather Bailey to popular authors and bloggers such as Amanda Soule (www.soulemama.com, Handmade Home), Karri Meng (French General), Amy Ray (Doodle Stitching), Celine Dupuy (Simple Sewing with a French Twist), Vickie Howell (Craft Corps), Cathie Filian (Creative Juice), Susan Wasinger (Eco Crafts), and Betsy Greer (Knitting for Good).
In addition, there are plenty of helpful tips on how to give locally and globally, how to give thoughtfully and appropriately, and how to empower those you are helping.” → more info
I hurt my back this morning washing our new dog (Stella! *) so while I lie around doing nothing exciting, I’m teaching myself how to knit. (I love these videos, by the way.)
My youngest, Charlie (5), watched me for a while and then wanted to give it a try. I thought needles would be tricky for him, but then I remembered learning finger weaving as a kid. I found a couple of helpful pictures to jump-start my feeble memory, and in less than 5 minutes he was hooked!
(Click through from your feed reader to see the short movie.)
* Here is Stella on the right next to our other dog Molly on the way to take the kids to school. They make quite an adorable pair, and they’ve been inseparable since we got her at the shelter last Saturday :) (If you’re in the Bay Area, California, I really recommend ARF in Walnut Creek as a fantastic place to get a dog, cat, rabbit… We also got Molly there last year, and both times the staff was wonderful.)
Stella’s making herself right at home by sleeping on both dog beds, and only leaving a tiny square for Molly to put her butt on.
Ah, dogs ;)
Hope you’re all having a great weekend!