Sanctuary Care residents have rolled up their sleeves to get creative by taking inspiration from the WWII ‘make do and mend’ era.
Along with staff, family and friends, residents at Greenslades Nursing Home on Willeys Avenue came together with local textile artist Sally Light to share fond memories, handle beautiful fabrics and old-fashioned rug-making tools.
Traditional textile methods
The revival of the 1930-40’s pastime saw residents and visitors sampling hands-on demonstrations of ‘rag rug’ techniques including ‘hooky’, ‘proddy’ and ‘shirring’ methods. Residents dusted off the tools themselves and had a go at the antiquated activity.
During the fabric-busting event residents learnt handy tips and reminisced about their childhood era.
Unique event for Greenslades
Manager at the home, Tselane Selokama, said: “The ‘rag rug’ workshop was an exciting one, we’ve never hosted an event quite like this in our home – and we’ve hosted countless events!
“Our residents are looking forward to Sally’s visit and rewinding the clock back to the ‘make do and mend’ era, as it was the pastime that many of them grew up in.”
Sally, textile artist and founder of the rag rug project, added: “It’s fantastic to be invited to Greenslades, I visit many residential homes and Memory Cafes throughout the region and I’m always amazed at the enthusiastic response I receive!”