Hot pads and oven mitts.
Mrs Mendes was looking for a useful item that she could make easily and cheaply enough with some of her monthly state pension and decided that everyone could use a new pair of oven mitts or hot pads in their kitchen. After some thought we decided that online auctions where supporters could bid or buy depending on how much they would like to give could be a good way to keep things going when we are too busy training people to have regular fund raisers.
The proceeds will go into buying cement that can be used to produce the cinder blocks to build permanent educational facilities on the organisation's land.
Below are some photos that have been taken through the production process so everyone can see what goes into making things like this and what we will also be able to teach others to make.
More photos of the production process will be added as Lia works her way through this latest batch.
The cloth, sponge and lining are cut from patterns and pinned together in preparation for stitching to make one side of the oven mitts and hot pads.
Once both sides of the mits have been completed they will be joined together in preparation for the binding/edging.
Once they are joined, they are ready to be sewn together afterwhich the edgind is put on.
We then have our completed products, ready for sale to those who would like to support us.
The money made from these sets will be used in providing skills training and developing the facilities the community will use to gain their skills.
We will provide links to facilitate the purchase of these sets through various online facilities in the very near future.