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'Sweet Treat Wreath' by Andrea Raee of Newark U3A

'Sweet Treat Wreath' by Andrea Raee of Newark U3A

It’s called Sweet Treat Christmas Wreath. Pattern was downloaded. I knitted 2. One for my WI Christmas raffle and one for a brilliant local charity, the Children’s Bereavement Centre to help with fund raising.

Mask by Sue Shannon-Jones of Swansea U3A

Mask by Sue Shannon-Jones of Swansea U3A

Father Christmas face mask prototype

Angels by Bev	Southgate of Norwich U3A

Angels by Bev Southgate of Norwich U3A

Whilst on lockdown I thought I would get ready for Christmas! I know it's a bit early for some, but as some of you crafters may know, making craft items in August is not unheard of.

These Angel decorations have been made using a bead weaving technique called peyote and using a design by a local designer called Teresa Morse.

They stand about 3.5 inches tall and are made using delica beads, bicone beads and seed beads. They take me about a week of evenings to make each one. Most of these are for friends that I usually sing in a choir with but of course, that is not possible at the moment.

I run a Jewellery Making for Beginners group as part of U3A Norwich and I think my group would love to learn how to make these. Currently, we are meeting via zoom using project kits which I make up in advance. We yearn to be back together beading and chatting in the same room, but for now, Zoom is the best we can do.

Crafting is a great way to occupy time and such a sense of achievement as each item is completed. It keeps me out of mischief!

'Needlefelt Nativity' by Georgette Vale of Wymondham U3A

'Needlefelt Nativity' by Georgette Vale of Wymondham U3A

I am a bit of a collector or Nativity Sets (and I even have a PowerPoint Zoom talk that I can offer if anyone is interested). I learnt to needlefelt recently and have made this set. Most of it was done last year and the donkey, the cow and the camels were made this year. People often say to me "I had a go at that - it took so long and I kept stabbing myself" I have discovered that holding the work in a chamoix leather means that your hand is well protected and you can really mould the wool with one hand and stab it (not you) with the other. Also when I teach it I give participants a three-needle holder so they can get on three times as fast. Sometimes you need one needle, sometimes two and sometimes three. I made these with a skeleton framework of pipe cleaners, covered in wadding. Inside along with the stuffing, I put some of those florists glass beads to weight them down a bit. I then put the coloured roving on the top.

'Christmas Trees' by Archie Scott of Forth Valley U3A

'Christmas Trees' by Archie Scott of Forth Valley U3A

I am a wood carver and woodturner. These Christmas Trees are made on a turning lathe and from some yew trees in a local wood.

Cards by Linda Dickins of Lichfield U3A

Cards by Linda Dickins of Lichfield U3A

Painted with Winsor and Newton water colours sitting at my kitchen table

'Fluffy Wreath' by Barbara Davies of Burton-On-Trent U3A

'Fluffy Wreath' by Barbara Davies of Burton-On-Trent U3A

Fluffy wool wrapped around a curtain pole ring. Ends glued or tied (I tied mine). Can be decorated with ribbons, beads etc And use any colour wool. 

Easy to make and have fun. I have chosen this colour for my friend who loves blues and greens.

'Winter Scene' by Sue Shannon-Jones of Swansea U3A

'Winter Scene' by Sue Shannon-Jones of Swansea U3A

I found a star-shaped box canvas in Hobbycraft which gave me the inspiration for this. I tend to 'make it up as I go along' so painted the background. I'm not too happy with the 'snow' which was meant to have a hint of blue showing through, but the blue would not be subdued! I did manage to create some texture with a sort of soft white tiny stuff that I can't remember the name of. The trees, reindeer and Santa sleigh are cut out of card and glitter. The lights are on a tape put along the top sides of the star. The 'wonkiness' is more due to my (lack of) camera skill than anything else!

'Winter Wreath' by Robbie Simmonds of Wellington U3A

'Winter Wreath' by Robbie Simmonds of Wellington U3A

I started with a polystyrene ring (as used in flower arranging) then crocheted a piece of fabric to cover it. Then made a selection of winter flowers, leaves, berries, snowflakes and curls (knitted and crocheted). Patterns for most of which can be found for free on sites such as ravelry.com. For a sparkly effect, I threaded pearls and pearl beads onto silver wire, twisting it to look like twigs which can be pushed directly into the polystyrene. All of the other objects are fixed using pearl topped sewing pins to add sparkle and mean you can move things around easily or make changes next year. I did add a couple of paper and white painted small snowflakes to the top as it's difficult to make tiny ones but could be done!