Saturday 14 July, Ramaroa Meeting Room, Queen Elizabeth Park
Crafters unite! Fight back against the tide of plastic! A full day to make and chat over the click clack of needles
STITCH & DITCH PLASTIC Make cleverly designed cloth produce bags to fight the tide of single-use plastic. Bring your sewing machines, scissors and materials or come and learn from others.
GUERILLA YARNS Create tree warmers, woollen signs, spiderwebs and more. Cuppa tea and bickies provided. Bring needles & creative spirit. All ages and stages. Koha.
EXIT THE EQUATION Join the zero waste groundswell and take direct action against plastic, with Rachel Benefield and friends followed by a shared lunch.
Knit, Stitch & Ditch Plastic took a different approach to the 1 ½ hour workshops format, offered a day for people to drop in to make bags, knit talk about other ways to ditch plastic. The Ramaroa meeting room in Queen Elizabeth Park was an excellent venue - the well-equipped facilities and a beautiful outlook provided an excellent space to relax, unplug and connect with others. Seamstresses Jane Bell and Perrine Boy provide taught people how to make cleverly designed shopping and produce bags. Tina Pope brought along suitcases filled with woollen whimsy to knit up ‘guerrilla style’ forms for the Pop-Up Playground. In between the knitting and sewing, Rachel Benefield shared her top tips for living zero waste - a journey that she’s been on for over a year.
About forty-five people came along many commenting that they loved the venue and the opportunity to have some time-out making and chatting across clicking needles and buzzing sewing machines.
“Perfect venue, welcoming people, fantastic setup, loved the whole day. Made a bag and knitted bee."
"An excellent chance to update bag sewing skills and connect with like-minded people."
"Ka mau te wehi! Absolutely wonderful day/event. Fantastic organisers and tutors loved chatting with them and how kind, patient and ready to share their knowledge with is. Thank you so much for the great event, we made reusable bags and knit and crocheted some items for the interactive garden too, loved it! Thank you, Ngā mihi."