Calling all crafters
Does your parish have a crafting group? Perhaps a knit and natter or a sewing circle? Or do you have some crafty people in your congregation? If so, then we need your help.
We will be taking part in LOUDfence during the first week of March. LOUDfence began as a protest movement in Australia in 2015 and has spread far and wide since then. The idea is to tie brightly-coloured ribbons to a fence as a sign of support for and solidarity with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. These "loud" ribbons also represent a determination to break the silence around abuse. Our LOUDfence will be displayed in Newcastle Cathedral from the 3 March alongside a display of creative work by survivors. The survivors leading on this project have told us that what would mean more to them than ribbons, is to see a fence full of loud strawberries, inspired by the artwork from If I Told You, What Would You Do?
So, how can you help?
We need as many crafted strawberries as possible. If you are able to knit or crochet, we have included some example patterns you can follow, but feel free to use your own. If you have another craft, feel free to create strawberries in any format. These can be 3D or flat, they can be any size you wish. Ideally in red and green. If you are able to help, please email Donna Brown to help us estimate the size of our strawberry field!
We need your strawberries by Thursday 29 February, earlier if possible. You can drop these in to Church House or you can post them to: Safeguarding, Diocese of Newcastle, Church House, St. John's Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS. If you would like to take part and cannot get them to Church House, please contact Donna Brown who will do what she can to help. If you have any questions about the LOUDfence project please contact Maggi Creese.
The following are patters you could you but feel free to use your own.