News The GladRags Project Caring & Rainbows For many, the weeks have actually passed quite quickly since the middle of March, with so many commitments: gardening, caring for dependents, home schooling and – in the early days - working out how to find loo rolls and eggs! So we are truly grateful for the effort that so many people have been putting into their squares for the GladRags Project and now that some of you are back at work, it is so exciting to see the pictures still arriving. Last week’s squares majored on gardens, so I though this week you might like to see a different idea – well two, really – just to give you a nudge if you are still stuck for what to feature on your square. I’ve picked out the subjects of ‘caring’ and ‘rainbows’. Our banner picture this week is from Sarah Rawlins. She calls it Bluebells and Bicycles and it incorporates the clever use of a pretty fabric with a brilliantly stitched bicycle wheel. It must have been lovely for cyclists while traffic was minimal so they could enjoy our lanes without competing with four wheels! These amazing praying hands with a Union Flag as the background were sent in by Helen Lewis who told us how important the ‘family’ at St Mary’s Church has been during the pandemic and how heartened she was to see how communities have come together to help each other, those of faith or none. Clapping hands and the now familiar rainbow were also chosen by Irene Burrows for her square. I must say I rather miss our get-togethers in the road each Thursday evening – weren’t we so lucky to have had dry evenings throughout the ten weeks? Sarah Scott’s picture of scrubs creating a star is such a clever use of starry fabric as a background and the design element. It makes such an effective statement. Sticking with the subject of rainbows, I discovered this colourful one from Wendy Hale – so many stitching ideas and I just love the colourful flower motifs. It arrived at about the same time as the stormy weather hit West Horsley! Lots more pictures to show you and more ideas to come, so please do continue to have a go at painting, printing, gluing, embroidery, weaving, crochet, knitting – and yes, we will get round to felting (maybe next week). Make sure you send us good clear pictures of your creative work - and if your phone or camera allows for different settings, use the ‘best quality’ or whatever your phone/camera calls it. Our files contain some utterly beautiful pictures that are sadly not of suitable quality to include. Don’t forget to check back each week to see whose pictures are featured. Now more than ever it is important to stay safe. Nancy Shafee is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Fibre Art Network, Heritage Craft Association and current Chair of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen. Nancy lives in West Horsley. She teaches feltmaking and sells her work through The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford and Haslemere Museum.