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What you need to know

Hospice Mid-Northland is looking for local crafters, both young and old to join the Big Hospice Sewing Bee and compete to turn used items of clothing into a cutting edge masterpieces.

There are several different categories to enter and also different sections within the categories - these include adult and youth sections. The categories are:

Wearable Arts - Theme is open. Let your imagination run wild!

Craft Section - Theme is open. 

The cost is $8 per entry or 3 entries for $20.

The competition will run from Monday 25th April to Friday 20th May, giving you just over a month to perfect your upcycled garment(s). You must change the item into a completely different garment, or upcycle it, transforming it with embellishments, or adding/taking away pieces of material and haberdashery accessories.

We would love to see your inspiration, so we do ask that you take a photo of your material and items before you begin sewing, and again of the item(s) finished. This is NOT compulsory, this is just so we know how big a creation you have made and from what!

We will be posting updates each week, with links to patterns, craft ideas and and Hospice sales or access to our free clothing bins. You do not need to purchase the clothes from us, though of course we do encourage this.

Adele Woodward, Hospice’s Fundraising & Awareness Manager, said: “The Big Hospice Sewing Bee is a fantastic opportunity for you to use your creative, sewing and haberdashery skills in this exciting new event, whilst supporting your local hospice.

The finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges on Saturday 21st May and the top 2 from each section will be showcased at our Antiques and Collectables Fair throughout the weekend.  Kingston House will be open to receive your entries on Friday 20th May. We encourage you to pop in and see all of these creations and spend some time out at our Fair.

If you would like a stall at Kingston House for the Saturday 21st May, please contact Adele at fundraising@hospicemn.org.nz

“All the money raised from the Sewing Bee will help go towards improving life for local people living with a life-limiting illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease or heart failure in the Mid North area.