by kath_red on 20/09/2009

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Readers have recently sent in some letters – let me share them with whipup readers – perhaps you can help…

Jeanne writes with a request for art supplies for a homeless woman’s shelter:

I am a Social Work intern at an 18 month transitional living facility for homeless women many of whom have substance abuse and/or mental health issues. They have a beautiful art room where I am responsibile for an art therapy class. With the current economy there is not a lot of extra for art supplies and I was wondering if I could appeal to Whipup readers to go through their supplies and pass on what they aren’t using. Pressing needs would be art paper of all kinds (blank and printed), pastels, charcoal, art markers, chalk, watercolors, clay, notebooks, journals, hot glue guns. We have a lot of yarn and fabric so we’re set in that area.

Please contact Jeanne if you have items you can donate jmhiggs[@]gmail.com or for more information. [the previous email was incorrect – this one now should work. ed]

Susan writes in with a pattern request:

I’d like to find out if whipup readers know how to make a certain craft from my childhood. During Christmas, my mom would drag me to all manner of church fairs and the thing I liked most was when she would buy me a pin for my winter coat. Each year would be a different design, knitted (or was it crocheted?) by one of the church goers as a fundraiser. My favorite was a set of two red bells with a holly leaf, two tiny real bells inside the knitted part and a clasp on the back. I’d love to make that bell pin if only I could find instructions. …

If you can help Susan and know of where to find this pattern please leave a comment on this post.

Khira, an Intern at Cancer Council, wrote to me about ‘Girls Night In’.
During October, Cancer Council encourages women to spend a night in with their girls, and donate what they’d spend on a night out to Cancer Council instead. All money goes towards women’s cancer (breast and gynaecological) research, prevention, and information and support services.
You can organise any sort of event but what about a crafty get together with the gals – let us know what you decide to do…

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1 Missy Ann September 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

Christmas pin:


That’s a knitting pattern for a bell & one for holly, I think you’ll have to assemble bits of different patterns to make what you want. But it seems doable. Also if you want crochet, google “crochet fridgie patterns”. My Mom used to make me pins just like you had, but she used fridgie patterns. I still have the leprechaun she made me in grade school.


2 Kate G. September 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

I actually made the bells when I learning to knit as a kid. Missy Ann is right. I’d go in that direction. Here’s a possibility: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/knitting/knitted-bells.shtml

The bell I made had a garter stitch rim and stockinette sides as the pattern above does. The leaves were cut from green felt with two being glued together, then embroidered with a vein down the center, to make a stable base for the pin. These bells would also be fun in a garland.


3 Marlana September 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I remember the crocheted holly pins and here is a good pattern for it: http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/Holly%20and%20Berries%20Ornament.html



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