The Gifted is proud to launch its new online craft-along course, Gifted@Crafting, which aims to share the joy and creativity of crafting and developing new skills, while also alleviating some of the isolation of lockdown.
Aimed at young women aged 11-18, the free online course launches on the 3rd of February and lasts for nine weeks, covering creative crafts such as:
Using an old t-shirt, you will be lead through steps to create something new and right on trend.
Creating cozy cushions
Liven up your room and have a little bit more comfort with your own cozy cushion.
A real comeback craft, it’s time to get sewing.
Make your own puppet using materials found around your home.
This can be used to make bracelets, bags, curtain ties…the list is endless!
Hats, scarves, bags, headbands – you name it, it’s time to crochet it!
Resources are available through a free sign-up area, the only thing that we ask in return is that participants upload photos of their projects as they work along with the online videos and tips to learn a new craft every week.
While we would usually be in schools delivering self-esteem focused courses such as The Butterfly Project – which is still available online – we have sought to extend our much-loved Clothmaker’s Wings crafting project, which took place in 2018 with young women from John Warner school, through its delivery of over 70 free crochet packs to schools across Harlow, Ongar and East Herts at Christmas, and now the creation of the online course Gifted@Crafting, which has once again seen us deliver 40 packs of crafty resources for students who are still attending schools to take part with.
“With each lockdown we are seeing higher levels of isolation and affects to young people’s mental health – especially with the latest one falling in the gloomy winter months.” Tori Jacovides, partnerships and progressions manager at The Gifted explains. “Thanks to funding from UK Youth, we are now in the position to once again share some joy at this time through enabling young women to learn new skills and be creative, and it’s hoped that the community feel of sharing their work to an exclusive online area will help to alleviate the feeling of isolation – after all, they will all be crafting along together, like a very spread out knitting circle! As always, we are also focusing on upcycling and sustainability of materials, so that participants also learn how to take something old and turn it into something brand new – which is a great skill to learn when shopping options are restricted.”
To reserve your space, sign up to Gifted@Crafting here, ready to join in on 3rd February.