Crafty Betty creates poppy-patterned face masks to support Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
Poppy-patterned face masks are among the latest creations being produced at a Newark craft hub.
The colourful coverings are being sold in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by Michelle Baker, owner of Crafty Betty, based in London Road carpark.
With face masks now part of everyday life, cloth ones have been in production at Crafty Betty for a while.
The range now includes poppy-print versions, which cost £5, with half of that going to the Poppy Appeal, and limited edition embroidered poppy masks at £6.50 each, also supporting the appeal.
Michelle is also helping another charity, Beaumond House Hospice Care, working with the fundraising team to launch the hospice’s Christmas campaign.
Michelle and Melinda Lee, who teaches knitting and crochet classes at Crafty Betty, have produced patterns for volunteers to knit or crochet decorations to be sold, raising money for the charity.
Patterns are available from Crafty Betty, and completed decorations can be dropped off there to be passed on to Beaumond House.
Michelle said she had noticed a big spike in people’s creativity recently.
“People are eager to learn new skills, take part in creative hobbies and keep their minds occupied with crafting,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter on your skill level or how neat things are, it’s just about getting involved, having fun and doing something to take your mind off that C word — coronavirus not Christmas.”
She said that, as a small business, it had been a very challenging time.
“I am constantly adapting to rules, exploring new ideas and finding ways to keep things accessible, appealing and fresh,” she said.
“As an educational establishment I have been able to keep teaching my classes and have introduced a new layout and use of the track and trace app for all visitors.”
New activities include a three-month art textiles course, and more dates have been added for a popular new Saturday afternoon class.
“If you fancy learning some new skills and unleashing your creativity then this two-hour class is for you,” Michelle said. “You will learn lots of new techniques.”
Crafty Betty is a finalist in the Newark Business Awards, and has also been named shop of the month in Love Sewing magazine.