I made this display plush for the National Autistic Society based on their logo. Two figures in embrace slot into the larger plush. I used 100% wool felt.
In the era of preppers building bunkers and storing endless amounts of dried food and Heinz soup cans, Spoonie Survival Kits may sound like something out of a prepper catalogue. But not so!
Spoonie refers to a person who suffers from chronic illness, based on the Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino. The lovely girls at Spoonie Survival Kits (SSK) led by Pippa put together kits for spoonies to be sold online to raise funds for chronic illness charities, current one being Action for M.E.. M.E. stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis and is more commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome.
The benefits are two fold; chronic illness warriors are able to purchase something tailored for them to brighten their day, and SSK can raise funds for chronic illness charities. What more can you ask for?!
The display plush I made is shown below, along with the SSK logo.
Following my Dotty project for Demelza Hospice for Children, I was excited to get started on to my next project, an elephant plush for Friends of Age Exchange.
Age Exchange is a charity that provides training of an innovative form of art therapy called Reminiscence Arts, involving music, drama, dance, crafts, etc., to engage people with dementia and trigger long term memory. You can read more about reminiscence arts here.
Friends of Age Exchange supports and raises funds for Age Exchange. They act as a community hub in Blackheath Village by running a cafe/library and they hold the well attended Christmas Fair.
This Elephant plush is to be used as a mascot of Friends of Age Exchange! It was based on the elephant on their Christmas fair poster.
Here are some pictures of the elephant that Marion of Friends of Age Exchange was kind enough to share! In order from left to right: Sunday Art & Craft Sale (earlier in 2016), Christmas Fair (December, 2016), Santa's Grotto (December, 2016, last two).
Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides tremendously valuable services for children with degenerative illness and their families. They provide a space for family bonding as well as mourning and I am grateful that such organisations exist today. I first learned about this organisation when looking for volunteering opportunities in London. Following my experience volunteering with a hospice in Toronto, I came to believe strongly in palliative care.
I made a display plush of their beloved mascot, Dotty, so they could use it for fundraising or display purposes. The first image is the display plush I made and the other two images are of their mascot. I hope you like it!
If you would like to find out more about Demelza or are interested in volunteering or giving to the organisation, please visit their website.
Here are photos of Dotty in action!
I made Pinky, the panther for my husband based on an old photograph of him with his beloved childhood toy. I used a pattern of my own design. It's hand sewn, using soft pink fleece fabric. He is over the moon with it!