Elouera Cottage Crafts
CELEBRATING OUR 20TH YEAR IN 2022.
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 and meeting place 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, patchwork etc.
Our finished craft is now sold exclusively on site and in November each year our ‘Pop-Up” shop opens, with opening times advertised on this website. The display features projects undertaken during the year and includes an extensive variety of Christmas decorations.
In 2020 & 2021, due to COVID restrictions, we moved this display to the room underneath and at the rear of the main (Bethlehem) hall, and this has worked well for us as it allows extended opening times and easy access from the car park for our loyal customers.
Our fundraising contributes significantly to the work of the Church in Cherrybrook, however over the years we have been able to support various 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 underprivileged 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 The Sewing Basket at Newington, Country Women’s Association or the Salvation Army, who all have good uses for it.
In 2019 we organised a Fabric & Wool Destash (Definition – Destash – to remove excess yarn, fabric and other craft supplies from one’s collection). Elouera Cottage Crafts set up 2 stalls with fabric, wool etc. that we could not use and together with 20 other stallholders from the Community, Bethlehem Hall was transformed into an Emporium filled with all manner of supplies for the craft enthusiast. With a great response from the Community who came along seeking a bargain or two, the stallholders were keen to participate in a follow-up Destash. Unfortunately COVID prevented this from happening in 2020 & 2021, but we look forward to holding another in 2022.
2022 marks the 20th year of Elouera Cottage Crafts and we give thanks to God for our talented and dedicated members (some of whom have been with the group since its inception), and their continued support and creativity. To quote from a message from Reverend Peter Chung – Minister at Cherrybrook Uniting Church – at our Birthday celebratory afternoon tea in July 2022:
“Well done gifted ladies! Keep sewing, knitting, cutting, making, chatting, sharing and may God bless all your works by your hands and hearts”.
2023 will see our activities relocate to the room at the rear of the main (Bethlehem) hall and adjacent to the carpark. For the past 3 years our POP UP shop has been held here, and we are excited and very much looking forward to our new ‘home’ and a fresh start in our 21st year.
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 like to enjoy an informal afternoon of fellowship amongst friends.
Enquiries: 02) 9899 7917 / 0408 441 766
Our meeting dates for 2023:
Elouera Cottage Crafts - POP UP SHOP
Join Elouera Cottage Crafts for their POP UP SHOP on the below dates at Cherrybrook Uniting Church, 134 New Line Road, Cherrybrook.
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FABRIC & WOOL DESTASH
Join Elouera Cottage Crafts for a fun day on Saturday 8th October 10am -2pm @ Cherrybrook Uniting Church, 134 New Line Road, Cherrybrook.
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Photos from our 2019 Destash
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 2023:-