Needle Nite is an amazing way to spend a Friday evening with others who love to use yarn and fabric to create handmade items with care for local charities. It is an alternative to Ladies' Night out or pizza and a movie. It is a unique inter-generational, non-denominational, non-judgmental program.
What Exactly Do We Do?
Needle Nite uses donated fabric and yarn to creatively return hand-made items to local organizations including: Newark Beth Israel Hospital, Children's Specialized Hospital, Seaman's Institute, Center for Hope Hospice, Norwood Convalescent Center, other local nursing homes and Fanwood Presbyterian Church members who are home-bound. Projects include: Quilts, baby blankets, hats, sweaters and booties for newborn and premature babies, stuffed toys, prayer shawls, hats, scarf's and ditty bags for seamen, and wheelchair and walker bags.
How We Began:
In 2002 the Fanwood Presbyterian Woman's Association wanted a social time to sew & knit. "Old Fashioned?" - Not at all, we reinvented how to weave women's lives together. That year we met quarterly. In 2006, we invited the community to join us making tote bags as a mission project and sold them, raising $3,000 for a well for women in Kenya. Starting in 2007 we went to monthly meetings with informal skilled instruction & guidance on quilting, knitting and crocheting.
About 35 participants come to each Needle Nite traveling to Fanwood from different towns: Berkeley Heights, Cranford, Franklin, Garwood, Kenilworth, Linden, North Plainfield, Piscataway, Scotch Plains, South Plainfield, Union and Westfield.
We provide almost individualized guidance at Needle Nite. Email instructions and support is provided between meeting dates. We do not judge the skills of participants but assist all to project completion. We support one another in our passion to work and re-purpose fabric and yarn for good causes.
Our program has helped participants to learn to use a sewing machine and to become excellent quilters. Needle Nite provides guidance on knitting and crocheting techniques. We inspire each other to develop skills and learn new techniques. We share patterns and encourage creativity. It's an amazing, supportive environment in which to learn.
Our quilts, knitted/crochet afghans, hats and scarves are part of the annual Harvest Quilter's of Central Jersey Quilt show.
Thanks to the generosity of many helping hands the number of items that we donate increases each year. We have been so fortunate to receive donations of yarn, fabric and money to buy supplies not donated.
Why Should You Become Involved?
Join us if you are looking for a way to learn or perfect skills while working on a charitable project. There is no charge to attend. There is a varied program each month. It depends on what participants want or need to learn or practice for the planned projects. Techniques are taught "Hands-on" individually or in small groups. Patterns, instruction and guidance are always provided. Needle Nite is an excellent way to develop friendships with other creative people from Fanwood Presbyterian Church and surrounding communities.
When and Where:
First Friday night of each month: 7:30 to 9:30 PM (except July) in Westminster Hall at Fanwood Presbyterian Church.
Your willingness to participate to your fullest potential and to have fun in the process is all that is required. You need to be able to climb three small sets of stairs to enter the building. Individuals who can knit, crochet or quilt with confidence and wish to create and donate can do so without attending Needle Nite.
For further information about these projects or directions to Fanwood Presbyterian Church please call the Church office at 908-889-8891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.