When first mooted, Ennistymon ICA members thought knitting all the figures for a Christmas nativity scene would be plain sailing. After all, they’re experienced knitters.
But once they got going last autumn, it proved a lot more difficult than anticipated, and there were numerous minor glitches — how to make the figures stand upright, how to make the animals’ ears, tails and legs look natural, sewing on the eyes so the figures didn’t squint, how to knit a star and prevent it from flopping!
Each member took on the task of producing at least one figure.
Guild member Anne Purtill supplied wool, needles, patterns and stuffing for the figures.
She also delivered a training night to initiate her colleagues in the skills involved.
Each figure is supported by card and stuffed with cotton wool.
In total, more than 200 hours of work went into it, and the hand-knit crib was the main raffle prize at the Co Clare guild’s annual sale of work in December.
The winner also received the stable to house the figures, crafted by Tom Cuddihy, brother of an Ennistymon Guild member.
The crib was won by former guild member Agnes McMahon.
The guild will donate €1,000 of sale of work proceeds to the Ennistymon branch of Society of St Vincent de Paul, they will present the cheque at the next guild meeting on February 10.
Meanwhile, Ennistymon ICA is preparing their entries for the craft board competition at Clare Federation AGM in April.
They hope to present a patchwork door stopper, a hand-knit cardigan, a crochet hat, a handbag and jewellery, among other items.
They will have a jewellery-making workshop on February 17, starting at 8pm, guided by an expert from Bramblewood Beads.
Anybody wishing to attend should contact Kay at 085-7512099.
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