Passing skills on to others
LOSING her sight has not stopped Elizabeth Beasant from continuing to work her magic with a needle and she now will head a class to encourage others to do the same.
As a part of the Peace Festival each month there is a Remade Remnants craft workshop based on the use of recycled materials and Mrs Beasant knows this craft all too well.
She will be demonstrating ragmatting using material, garbage bags and bread packets to create wonderful items like jar covers and even stylish hats.
All the activities are suitable for those with a visual impairment but everyone is encouraged to come along, “good eyes or not”.
“They are all things I am trying to get them (visually impaired residents) to do and something to give them more interest,” she said.
“You can still do things when you have lost your eyes.”
Mrs Beasant will also encourage younger members of the area to come along so she can teach them how to knit trendy scarfs for which she has some wool available.
Those interested will have the opportunity to make hats out of garbage bags, mobiles for babies, colourful jar and bottle covers from bread bags and many more exciting craft techniques.
These items will combine knitting, french knitting, eye cords, crocheting and pom-poms.
“I do feel strongly about helping people like myself do something with their hands,” Mrs Beasant said. “Please come and look and see and touch.
“Just to be able to help somebody to knit is just so wonderful.”
The Remade Remnants monthly workshop is on tomorrow from 2.30 to 4.30pm at the School of Total Education dining hall (wooden building).
Workshops are for all ages - children under 12 need adult supervision and guests will need to bring along crochet needles or knitting needles if they can.
Bring crochet needles or knitting needles if you can, although spares will be available.
There is a delicious afternoon tea available and the cost is a gold coin donation. Phone 4661 5420 or 0438 661 632 to make a booking.