Elouera Cottage Crafts
Elouera Cottage Crafts is a community outreach activity of Cherrybrook Uniting Church and was formed in July 2002 to produce handcraft for the ‘street stalls’ which the Cherrybrook Uniting Church’s Women’s Fellowship held at Pennant Hills over many years, as a fund-raising activity. Initially, the craft ladies met in (and took their name from) Elouera Cottage – a small cottage on the site which was ultimately demolished to make way for our new building and car park. Since then, our permanent home has been the heritage-listed Wesleyan Hall, which was in fact the original church on this site.
Our membership comprises a group of ladies, some of whom regularly worship at this church, who come together on the first and third Saturdays of the month (2pm - 5pm) from March through to November. Afternoon tea is served each time we meet and it is always something to look forward to!!
Our creativity is displayed through a wide range of quality handcraft using many techniques – applique, embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, paper craft etc.
Our finished craft is now sold exclusively on site, providing us with the benefit of being able to display our full range, and the annual and well-anticipated “SHOW & SELL” held in November is a high point. No doubt the good selection of home-baked goodies, jams and pickles has something to do with this! 2017 saw the display relocate to the larger Bethlehem Hall enabling extended opening hours and positive feedback was received on the change of venue.
Our fundraising contributes significantly to the work of the Church in Cherrybrook, mainly through the Hall Building Fund. However, from our modest beginning, our income has grown sufficiently to allow us to support various other Mission and Community Projects, such as Parramatta Mission, the Christian Studies Teachers at Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook Technology High Schools, Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea and Home of the Swallow in Thailand - a house for under privileged mothers and their babies.
From time to time we receive donations of craft items, fabric and wool, invariably more than we can possibly use. The excess is donated to Achieve, Country Women’s Association or the Salvation Army who all have good uses for it.
An open invitation is extended to you (and a friend?) to join us if:
• you have an interest in craft
• you would like to learn a craft
• you would just like to enjoy an informal afternoon of fellowship amongst friends
Enquiries: (02) 9899 7917
Our meeting dates for 2022:-
2019 WINTER CRAFT SHOW & FABRIC AND WOOL DESTASH
In June 2019 we organised a Fabric and Wool Destash which ran in tandem with our Winter Craft Show.
The Bethlehem Hall had 20 stallholders from the Community selling items from their craft “stash” which they no longer had a use for.
A wide range of fabric, wool and other haberdashery items were on offer and the hall was abuzz with eager shoppers looking to secure a bargain or two. Elouera Cottage Crafts’ ready made handcraft was also featured and proved popular with our visitors.
The kitchen was kept busy serving hot pumpkin soup, sandwiches, scones and a wonderful assortment of sweet treats (all made by members of Cherrybrook Uniting Church) to visitors throughout the day.
It was a busy and fun day with requests for another Destash to be held.
SO WATCH THIS SPACE in 2020!!!
Our SPECIAL PROJECT in 2017.
In early 2017 members of Elouera Cottage Crafts were delighted to participate in “The One Million Stars to end Violence Project”.
The Project is described by its founder, artist Maryann Talia Pau, as a peaceful global weaving project that engages communities in a conversation about ending all forms of violence. It commenced in Brunswick Victoria in 2012 as Maryann’s personal response to the violent and tragic murder of Jill Meagher. The beautiful woven ribbon stars are symbols of light, courage, hope and solidarity to end all forms of violence.
The short term goal of the project was to create an installation of one million stars to be displayed during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April 2018. The long term goal to recognise that a safe and peaceful society begins with each one of us. Ending violence is our responsibility. Every woven star is a commitment to resist violence and revenge and to believe in forgiveness and healing.
With the fantastic support of individuals and community groups Elouera Cottage Crafts wove and donated 18,500 stars to the Project, and we look forward to seeing the installation of one million stars shine in Brisbane during Gold Coast 2018, making a peaceful and powerful statement against all forms of violence in our communities.
Below are photos taken during a display held in June 2017 of a small number of the stars from our collection , prior to them being transported to Brisbane to be part of the installation of One Million and THEY LOOKED FANTASTIC!!
A separate group of ladies known as the ‘Yarners’ meet on the third Thursday of the month (March through to November) 11am – 2pm in the Bethlehem Hall, to knit and crochet items to donate to charities such as Parramatta Mission, Exodus, Salvation Army and the Samaritan’s Purse Project.
If you enjoy knitting/crocheting (or would like to learn) and a ‘good yarn’, why not join this small friendly group.
Enquiries: 9653 1055.
Our meeting dates for 2022:-