It’s a while since we updated you on the progress of the banner which has gathered all your beautiful ‘lockdown’ squares into one magical display.

The banner is now complete, and plans are well under way for the hanging system.

The record of everyone who submitted designs, along with your information will be stitched to the back of the banner so everyone’s name is safely recorded. A copy will also be displayed near the banner so everyone can see who made each square and we may also try and put together a small book or perhaps a concertina-book to include all your comments and inspirations. At the moment this is still a work in progress but rest assured, you will be recorded for posterity!

We have been so impressed with the design ideas you all had and the colourful banner is going to be a great ‘visitor experience’ when it is hung. We are hoping this will happen sometime in April to mark the House reopening from its winter closure.

Find out about our GladRags Banner exhibition here.

The members of the self-styled GladRags Gang who have been taking part in ‘The Big Sew’ have enjoyed the experience immensely – so much so, in fact, that The Gang will perpetuate.

We set aside some weeks in October and November to make Christmas decorations – using a wonderful selection of fabrics and trims we could all bring in. At first it felt strange making tiny individual things after working on such a large project! Our efforts were eagerly purchased at the West Horsley Christmas Fair and we are so pleased we were able to contribute to funds for the House. For those of you who couldn’t come to the Fair, some pictures are attached!

We are currently working on plans for future projects and meanwhile some of us are reworking three cushions from St Mary’s which are sorely in need of a bit of TLC while others are keeping their fingers busy knitting for Blankets without Borders which I am sure some of you have heard about. Donated wools mean we have a fantastic choice of colours – and we’d welcome knitters locally to join us if you’d like to on Tuesdays from 2pm. If you are interested, please email [email protected] so she can add your name to our mailing list.

We are also thinking ahead to September and another exciting Fete in the grounds where we will be selling a small selection of items we have made, but also demonstrating some of our skills and encouraging visitors to have a go too!

Nancy Shafee is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Fibre Art Network, Heritage Craft Association, Guildford Art Society and Oxshott Art and Crafts. She is a former Chair of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen and has been leading The GladRags Gang. Nancy lives in West Horsley. She teaches feltmaking and sells her work through The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Milford.