The group is very friendly and always keen to welcome new members, from complete beginners to experienced knitters and stitchers. The main project of the year is to make a bed quilt to raffle at our annual Bring & Buy Sale – a fundraising highlight.
Each year the group chooses a theme for the quilt – past themes have included Kew Gardens for their 250th anniversary, the seaside, butterflies and hearts. This year the theme is houses and despite lockdown our busy stitchers have created some amazing patches at home. Templates, fabric and thread are provided, and expertise is always on hand to help you appliqué and embroider your design. Once enough patches are made – and we need a lot – the group arranges them into a final design and out comes the sewing machine to piece it all together. When it’s all been stitched together the group’s favourite activity is sitting together to hand finish the binding to complete the Quilt. Watch this space for when the raffle may take place. In past years, the group have exhibited the finished quilt at The Kew Horticultural Show in August – one year winning the Queen Elizabeth Cup for best group project.
The knitters in the group make various knitted items from baby cardies and booties to knitted toys. There is also a selection of beautiful tapestry cushion covers – all of which are available to buy year-round at the Club, or at our stall at The Kew Village Market and Kew Summer Fair.
Thelma is a lifelong knitter and stitcher and can even crochet! With a good eye for design, Thelma guides the group in their choice for the annual quilt as well as being on hand to assist with home projects.
Roxy moved from being Lisa’s able assistant in The Avenue Club office to Thelma’s able assistant in the Knit & Stitch Group! She has many years of stitching and quilting experience and helps Thelma put the annual quilt together.