A degree of normality is returning, so we are more grateful than ever that you are still able to contribute to our Glad Rags Project.

There are all sorts of simple ways to make a lovely square for the Glad Rags Project and I hope we are giving you some ideas to work with.

We’ve had so many lovely designs this month, I’ve decided to hold over the instructions for weaving on a square frame until next week so we can share some more of  these beautiful pieces of work.

These four additions to our collection of Glad Rags squares are all so different, they must give you yet more ideas for your own, without me having to prompt you at all!

This first one is from Sarah Christiansen who has not only stitched this sampler so beautifully but has also remembered the very important contribution the Wheel of Care plays in our community. The Wheel of Care is a fantastic Horsley charity that provides transport any person in the village in need of assistance. It is vital in ensuring that elderly member of our community do not become socially isolated and we are delighted to see it celebrated in our #GladRagsProject patchwork.

In thanking the NHS on a weekly basis, sometimes we have lost sight of all the others all over the country who are continuing to offer the services we all need – from the rubbish collections, to postal services, delivery services and of course our local shops.

We also loved these pretty crocheted hearts – and of course the sentiment!  Sarah Farmer, who created this square is a member of the Bookham Belles WI who have been making pairs of hearts in various materials, which are then used by hospitals and in palliative care. When family cannot visit a dying patient, one heart stays with the patient and the other goes to the family. I know lots of you have been crocheting and knitting for the neonatal unit too, so there is lots of talent locally. 

Marie-Luise Lockwood shows us here how you can make an effective picture using simple strips of coloured fabrics and adding a feature element cut from some material.  I’d love to see the rest of the balloon fabric; I’m sure it was a very cheerful design.

Here is another beautifully thought-out piece of work – highlighting all those things we love to remember/think about/see!  And she’s used rainbow colours for her embroidery too. Pip Holmes – this must have taken ages!

Our banner picture for this week is from Emily-Ann Cheese – a timely reminder of seaside adventures!

 For some of you with children returning to school you may have more time to sit happily and consider a design. However, if you don’t have time to stitch or knit something yourself, but would like to let us have an idea to share with others, do drop us a line – as usual to [email protected].  We’d love to hear from you.

Whatever you are doing - 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.