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'Face Masks' by Cheryl Gordon of Norwood U3A

'Face Masks' by Cheryl Gordon of Norwood U3A

I made these masks and others for my extended family in various parts of the UK. The pattern follows the guidelines but is not medical PPE. The masks were easy to make, with basic hand stitching required (or you could use a machine). I was able to obtain a supply of elastic from a local shop and used material I had already purchased for other crafting projects. This has meant the masks are colourful and varied in pattern. The adults in the family have chosen the most unlikely patterns, from Mr Men to penguins.

'Sun Bucket Hat.' by  Kathryn	Houghton of Newark & District U3A

'Sun Bucket Hat.' by Kathryn Houghton of Newark & District U3A

First ever hat I’ve made and took hours but love it. Next one will be quicker. Got the challenge and pattern from a fat quarter Facebook group.

'Rainbow Patchwork' by Frances Berry of Ashburton U3A

'Rainbow Patchwork' by Frances Berry of Ashburton U3A

Used fabric scraps to make the Rainbow patchwork, with a matching border, hand quilting , not finished yet just like lockdown!

'Face Masks' by Pam Spencer of Chester U3A

'Face Masks' by Pam Spencer of Chester U3A

I’ve been busy making different styles of face masks for family and friends. I’ve used close weave cotton two and three layers, with an opening for a filter if they wish to add one. YouTube is my best friend.?

'Beachcombing Picture ' by Julie Kinsella of Glens & Dalriada U3A

'Beachcombing Picture ' by Julie Kinsella of Glens & Dalriada U3A

I live by the sea in the beautiful Glens of Antrim and walk the dog every day on the beach. I started collecting sea glass and beach pottery and have made some pictures as gifts for family and friends and for my own home. It's quite intricate work, gluing tiny bits of glass, pottery and beach-washed wood to card. On sunny days I sit in the garden to design and frame the pictures and it's a lovely, relaxing way to spend an hour or so.

'Acrylic Painting' by Jan Nolan of Richmond upon Thames U3A

'Acrylic Painting' by Jan Nolan of Richmond upon Thames U3A

Using acrylic paints did the tutorial from tube they are the Hocus Pocus Witches from the movie with Bette Midler. The tutorials are really good I recommend setting aside a few hours painting the whole canvas first in the background colour

'Dolls House' by Ruth Watson of Hornsea & District U3A

'Dolls House' by Ruth Watson of Hornsea & District U3A

This was a wine box that I received as a Christmas present and made into a mini dolls house. The usual size for a dolls house is 1/12. I had to make this 1/18 to fit into the box so it was very fiddly. I haven't been able to download the folder showing the bits and pieces I made, scent bottles, laundry basket, blanket box, chocolate cake, bedding, curtaining etc

'Cross-Stitch' by Yvonne Stone of Crowborough U3A

'Cross-Stitch' by Yvonne Stone of Crowborough U3A

This was a cross-stitch project which has been in the draw for many years. I decided during lockdown that it was going to be completed. It is counted cross stitch in 14 count Aida fabric. Now to get it stretched, padded and framed!

Fruit Cage by Richard Tolfree of Barnet U3A

Fruit Cage by Richard Tolfree of Barnet U3A

To prevent the birds eating the blueberries, gooseberries and raspberries in my garden I have built a fruit cage. I used old tennis balls, in which I drilled suitable holes, and garden canes for the frame and secured the netting with clothes pegs.

'Mosaic Platter' by Jacqui Osley of Crouch End & District U3A

'Mosaic Platter' by Jacqui Osley of Crouch End & District U3A

This mosaic platter uses a bamboo plate from Flying Tiger as a base as it’s quite light. A variety of cut up tiles and glass nuggets are then glued to the base with pva and when dry, the whole piece is grouted and cleaned