News The GladRags Project Faith & Bees Here we are several months down the line from March 23rd and still finding it a bit of a strange new world we are living in! I think it has been quite comforting for a lot of people to make and share these squares for the GladRags Project – knowing we are all out there somewhere even if shut away from each other. The warm weather has helped tremendously and it really shows in so many of your pictures – sunshine, flowers – all that gardening! I am fully expecting your contributions to our patchwork to take on more autumnal shades and subject matter as the weeks progress! This week I have chosen to share a beautiful square from Pip Holmes, reminding us all that St Mary’s, even if temporarily ‘on line’ is still a family church and another way of ‘being together’. I do love her heading – Faith not Fear. Something we can all hang onto. I’m also including two more from those very creative ladies at Surrey Choices – what an amazing way they have been able to promote the organisation through sharing their work. Alison’s tree is such fun and reminds me of one of those Dr Seuss stories – I particularly like the use of the netting to define the lower half of the design. Now – just place that tree next to Debbie’s cheerful house and you have a perfect garden complete with blossom tree and little path. After all these weeks writing about the wonderful work that keeps arriving, I thought it was time to add a sampler of my own. So here is a little brick wall with some creeping plants and a bumble bee. This is handmade felt using two techniques – wetfelting and needlefelting. As an ex-beekeeper (until I wound up with anaphylactic shock in RSCH!) I am endlessly fascinated by the many different bees that spent their time frantically chasing round the lavender in our garden. While I know honeybees should be my favourites, I am always drawn to those cute fluffy bumbles, both large and small – sharing similar characteristics yet all so different! And all of them so very important for pollination. Now almost everyone is back working in offices (or on holiday, I suppose) we are obviously seeing fewer contributions for our patchwork but do keep your ideas coming in when you have time for some relaxing stitching or knitting or crafting ([email protected]) and I will keep sharing them as long as they arrive! Just send a good quality picture and perhaps some reasons for your subject choice. And please don’t forget your name! I look forward to seeing more lovely ideas to share in a couple of weeks’ time. 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 and various websites.