Monday, 20 April 2009

2. Fabric
If this is in small pieces then many school art departments will be happy to take it for collage.

Larger pieces can be wanted by schools as well or amateur dramatic societies. The very best fabric locust I ever came across was a fashion student who was very pleased with many of my less sensible fabric false economies! (they were all such a good idea at the time when I bought them!)

The quickest way of disposing creatively of fabric in large quantities, pretty much regardless of the size of pieces or nature of the fabric is the Scrap Store.

Here is the link to the website for the one in Bristol. It includes information about the many items they are happy to receive as donations and a list of other scrap stores about the UK. My local one is Swindon Children's Scrapstore and they make excellent use of their donations, helping other voluntary groups as well as schools.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Art & Craft Materials Part I

Almost anyone who does any craft work at all creates what the Americans call a stash. This stash can result in a disposal problem when your interests change. I would recommend passing on things you really can't see yourself using in say the next 5 years (and I'm being generous in giving you 5 years!!!). Where to and what are we talking about? It rather depends on the craft but here are some ideas for what you might have and where to donate it.

1. Knitting Yarn
Much of this will be wanted for the army of knitter who knit for charity. Every year thousands of shoe boxes of Christmas presents are sent out by Samaritan's Purse under the heading Operation Christmas Child and many knitted items are included. A church or school near to you is sure to be taking part and would welcome donated yarn.

I could post a dozen or more links but here is a collection of them. One of these is sure to appeal to you and want your yarn stash.

to be continued....