The group usually meets once a month at the brand new Merryoaks Community Hall, Park House Road, Neville’s Cross, Durham at the following times:

  • The second Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm

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Our Meetings for the next few months

10th January – Felted Landscapes Workshop – Everytime we do any kind of wool felting our members are amazed by the fantastic results they can achieve during the session and many have taken felting up as a hobby afterwards. We think this felted landscape session with local felting artist Fiona Marston will be the same, we can’t wait to see what you all make!

14th February – Painted Wooden Houses workshop – Working with Lynn from Forget me not art, you will be painting little wooden houses to make a beautiful mini road. The houses will be attached to driftwood to make your own unique masterpiece!

13th March – Grease Sing Along – Ladies, you have been asking us for a singing session for quite some time and we are really excited to let you know that we have found Chris, from The Rise Up Project . Chris is passionate about creating a safe space for people to come and enjoy all the emotional and physical benefits of singing without fear or judgement, no matter what your vocal ability is. The themes of the session is going to be ‘Grease’ with a ‘Pink Lady’ dress code so dig out your pink t.shirts or you might even have a Sandra D outfit at the back of your wardrobe. We will also be fundraising with a tombola and raffle with the proceeds going to the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’  charity as it’s an amazing cause that fits in with our pink evening perfectly. It’s going to be a fun session!

10th April – Eco Session – We have had several requests over the years to offer a session on sustainability and how to be thriftier. We are very excited for you to meet Ruth, from Ecologico, who managed to not buy anything new for a whole year! Ruth will be inspiring you with her story and will also bringing along her shop van, where she sells environmentally friendly items for the home. In addition, you will be taking part in a clothes swish, this is where everyone brings up to 6 items of pre-loved clean clothes, shoes or accessories. You will be given a ticket for every item you bring along and these tickets can then be placed on your desired items. It’s a super fun way to swap clothes and a great way to try something new! We’re sure you will enjoy this thrifty themed session!

8th May – Fabric Flower Door Garland – We know that you’re going to love these fabric flower door garlands! We’ll take you through the sewing process, showing you how to make a range of different types of flowers using felt and fabric. Your garlands can also be accessorised with pompoms, recycled bit of old jewellery, interesting trimmings, buttons or faux flowers. We can’t wait to see what you create, no two garlands are ever the same! There is a lot to fit into the two-hour session, so you might like to pre-make some small pompoms or bring some additional things ahead of the workshop to add on and make your wreath look fuller on the night, alternatively you could finish it off at home.

12th June – Frida Kahlo Portrait Painting Session – We’re huge Frida fans here at Pimm’s and Needles, not only of her art but as a person as she embraced her individuality and has become a role model of female determination and power. In this session you will be channelling your inner artist whist our tutor, Philppa from The Creation Station, will guide you through the portrait process using a lovely bright colour palette.

10th July – Corded Rainbow Workshop – We have the Queen of Macrame, Jess from Knot Worth the Tassle, returning to deliver this Corded Rainbow Workshop. The rainbows are created with a wrapping technique that creates some stunning results. Jess brings a variety of different coloured yarns to choose from and it’s a really lovely relaxed session where you can enjoy a cuppa and a chat!

14th August – Paper Houses – We needed no excuse to have the lovely Keely, our Pimm’s and Needles celebrity, back out teaching sessions for us again. You might have spotted Keely from KP Papercuts, making beautiful papercut designs on TV on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas a couple of years ago. Keely has taught papercutting for us in the past and also hosts our Hartlepool Group (as we wouldn’t let her leave us!). Keely will be leading a papercutting session with a difference where everyone will be making 3D paper houses, perfect for a battery-operated tea light! These houses look super cute and we know you will love them!

Membership Registration

Group Host: Helen Martin

1. How long have you been a member of Pimm’s & Needles and why did you want to host a group? I joined the group at Coxhoe 4 – 5 years ago, having heard about Pimms & Needles from some of the girls at work. I was keen to help bring ‘the joy of Pimm’s & Needles’ to our new community centre in Neville’s Cross so volunteered to be the host.
2. What do you like best about the groups? I love the opportunity to try new crafts and have fun with like minded ladies, and some ringfenced ‘me time’ every month.
3. What do you generally dislike? Not having enough hours in the day!
4. What would be your perfect day? That is a really difficult question! Would it be possible to combine the sea, countryside, friends, family, laughing lots, chocolate & cake?
5. What sweet treat do you love? Chocolate, any form ( hot, dark, milk, white etc.) and I love cheap white mice which I don’t think have any real chocolate in them at all!
6. Your favourite Pimm’s & Needles activity that you have done before? Painted ducks, I would like to create a flock!
7. Interesting or little known fact about you? I have been a backing singer for Jane Mcdonald! (Admittedly with lots of other people forming a choir, it was not just me & Jane!).