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Bi-monthly meetings

Despite the Covid19 pandemic and the government edict of lockdown, we continue with our bi-monthly gatherings, same time, in form of virtual meetings using Zoom technology. To participate send us an email or message. Details on how to contact us can be found on our Contact page.

Helping NHS from home

To help tackle the national shortage of PPE supplies, several of us in the group have volunteered to sew scrubs and masks for the NHS and nursing homes. At the time of writing this news, x scrubs have been made and delivered the 'scrub hubs'. If you would like to help, please get in touch. It will be greatly appreciated.

About

PLAIN & PEARL is a friendly social & all-inclusive group of people interested in knitting and other craft activities.  We welcome all ages, gender,  race and creed.  The only requirement is enthusiasm to craft things.  

The group meets twice a month, 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings 19:30-21:30 at St Mary’s Parish hall, Langham Rd, Teddington TW11 9HF

There is a £2 fee per session to cover the cost of refreshments which include fresh tea/coffee and homebaked cake prepared by Josie, the leader of the group.  No need to book, just turn up.

Additionally, we organise a variety of themed activities such as workshops or excursions to museums or craft fairs etc.  These special activities are optional, normally bookable in advance and will involved a nominal fee to cover costs of material and any external instructors.   For our latest schedule of activities visit our Calendar page.  Also, check our Activities page for short write-up on past activities we have held.

Apart from the social aspect of our get-togethers, we participate in St Mary’s Christmas church bazaar and Teddington Village summer fair where we sell our craftwork.  Funds from the sales we give to charities.  Also by participating in these event we aim to raise awareness in the community of the many benefits of craft to children and adults alike.

Special Activities

In additional to our regular bi-monthly meeting, we organise special craft activities such as workshops & excursions to craft fairs, exhibitions or museums. If there's an interest then we organise it and make it happen. Enrollment to these special activites are managed via Eventbrite. For the latest schedule see our Calendar page.
Macrame workshop

Macrame workshop

Macrame is coarse lacework made by weaving and knotting cords into a pattern. Our tutor Suzanne designed a special wall hanging using macramé knots and a modern leaf design. We turned up to the class with just a stick from which to hang our creation, having never tried macramé before.

Suzanne was ever so patient; she provided the macramé cords, explained her design, demonstrated the knots, and took us step by step through producing the piece. By the end of the class we had all created our lovely macramé wall hanging and had a fun evening.

Wreath Making

Wreath Making

The wreath making workshop to create a gorgeous Christmas wreath for your front door is always very popular and sells out quickly so Plain & Pearl now hold multiple sessions. We also enjoy a festive glass of mulled wine (or spiced hot apple juice) and a slice of Josie’s delicious home made cake.

All the materials that you need to produce a glorious Christmas wreath are provided including ribbons, fairy lights, beads and baubles, fir cones and berries. Kathy, our tutor, talks us through the principles and show us lots of different designs for inspiration. Then it’s over to us to create our very own wreath to hang on the front door at home.

Workshops on Knitting & crochet techniques

Workshops on Knitting & crochet techniques

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Chocolate Making

Chocolate Making

Josie ran an amazing workshop where we made different chocolate shapes, lollipops, swirls, shards and also covered sweets and biscuits in chocolate too. We used different types of chocolate, heating and shaping it into various designs. We decorated our creations with strikingly patterned transfers as well as nuts, fruits, coconut and sprinkles.

It was a delicious evening and we all left with a real goody bag of treats for our families and friends to sample. Josie also provided extra transfers and chocolate so that we could carry on experimenting and creating designs of our own at home.

Jewelry beading

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Beeswax wrap workshop

Beeswax wrap workshop

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Beeswax hand cream

Beeswax carries antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties as well as sealing moisture into our skin, all of which makes it an ideal base for hand cream.

Josie sourced beeswax from a local beekeeper and took us through the steps to produce our own pot of hand and body cream. She showed us how to safely melt the wax, add almond and olive oil, and then essential oils such as lavender and mastiha, giving us detailed explanations of all their individual properties.

After the workshop it was real treat to use the lovely hand cream we had produced and it was very effective on dry and sore hands.

Flower Arrangements

Flower Arrangements

This workshop is usually held before Easter and every year we produce a beautiful piece using fresh spring flowers. It’s led by Kim who is a Hampton Court Flower Show Award Winner and has a wealth of experience. Kim provides plenty of advice on how to achieve the most effective design and demonstrates lots of different methods of displaying flowers .

In previous years we have created a living arrangement using some lovely Easter yellow, white & gold primulas and produced teatime floral arrangements including a posy in a teacup and saucer and flowers in a teapot. At the end of the evening we leave with a gorgeous centre piece for the Easter table.

Bunting

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Calligraphy

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Sugar Crafting

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Wet Felting

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Embroidery

Embroidery

Variety of embroidery techniques including Chicken scratch, cross stitching, crewel. Materials supplied.

Card Making

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Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

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Testimonials

Since the 1st Plain & Pearl meeting we have received many texts and emails of thanks and real appreciation. These are some of them:

"So grateful to get out of the house" and "what a wonderful evening. I have really enjoyed myself - what a warm welcome"

"I had not knitted for years and had forgotten how satisfying and relaxing knitting is. I will cetainly be making an effort to knit more to de-stress"

"Everyone was extremely nice and very enthusiastic, I particularly loved the wide age range. It's certainly inspired me to start knitting again and I've even carried on with my project at home"

"just to say what a great time I had last night, and than you both so much for organising it. I'm looking forward to the next meeting and it's spurred me to get on with my project"

"I learnt to knit as a child, and would love to take it up again. I have thought about it before, but without my mother close to hand to help me out when I get stuck I have never been brave enough to give it a go"

"The buddy system worked very well and I was so pleased to be able to get my neglected half knitted jumper back on track"

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Contact us

If you have any queries, send a message under 'Contact Us' or email to the email address at the bottom or turn up at one of our gatherings at:

St Mary Parish Hall

Langham Rd, Teddington TW11 9HF
020 8943 226

Email:

Mailplainandpearl@gmail.com

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