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I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break  and I'm LOVING IT!  Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com ) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.
  

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Knitted Donations Going to Waste: CHARITY KNITTING

I discovered an alarming fact yesterday, that quality, knitted/ crocheted items (jumpers, toys, etc.) donated to charity shops have to be placed in the textile recycling and cannot be resold, if they do not have the required safety/ care labels.


DONATING TO CHARITY SHOPS UK : Guidelines state: 'If you are not sure whether your clothes can be re-sold – donate them anyway – whatever clothes a charity shop can’t sell they can send off for further re-use or recycling!'

When I make items for charity raffles and sale tables etc. I always try to include the important safety information.


  • Keep your yarn/ ball bands which supply much of the relevant information on care, including washing and drying instructions.
  • Wool also has a British Standard Code: (e.g. Complies with BS984)
  • Toy filling must not be Kapok or old stockings. It must comply with British Safety Standards, so that it is hypoallergenic with flame retardant properties.
  • Any small accessories that could detach and consequently choke or injure a child, including wire armatures, should also be mentioned in a warning on the label; stating what it contains and that the item is, therefore, UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3YRS.

There are plenty of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items:

http://knitforlife.co.uk/charities.php

http://www.simbacharity.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/knitting/

http://www.theyarnloop.com/index.php/article/knit-for-charity

https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/craft-hobbies/crafting/sewing-and-knitting-for-charity

http://blog.loveknitting.com/how-to-craft-knits-that-charities-can-use/

http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk/knit-for-good/donate-goods/

http://www.ukhandknitting.com/knitting-for-charity/charity-list

http://www.bliss.org.uk/knit-for-premature-babies

https://www.battersea.org.uk/support-us/other-ways-give/make-or-donate-goods

...but again, make sure to include your safety/ care label.

Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Make Your Own Story Bags to stimulate Language and Reading

When National Literacy Project statistics showed that only 15 % of parents were reading to / sharing books with their children, it was felt something had to be done.
Story Bags were the answer and have become a worldwide phenomenon.
So what books are best for the story bag?

These story bags also help imaginative play, sequencing, speech and language skills.

Would a storysack appeal to you?