Friday, 6 March 2009

Sarah's knit and crochet bouquet

Today is Sarah Richard's funeral. Those of you who regularly read my blog will know who Sarah is. For those who don't Sarah was a co founder of the Knitting Noras in Bolton but was also well known for being a member of several other clubs which reflected her interest in crafts, fellow Vegans and her love of books and book crossing.

Whilst we Noras were all reeling from the shock of her sudden passing it was mentioned that it would be a good idea to make a knitted bouquet. That way all of the members could contribute by making flowers and stems to be combined into a bouquet. Sarah had been so touched by the Big Pink blanket that we had made when we all contributed pink squares. I was decided therefore, to make all the flowers in shades of pinks as Breast Cancer colour is pink.

I contributed a few crochet flowers but the team of Noras spent many hours making the stems and sewing the flowers together. I can only pick out a few names who are responsible for the artistic arrangement and finishing off so I hope I don't offend the ones whose names are not mentioned. Lisa, Vicky, Jen and Eadaoin are just four of the names of the artistic flower finishers. Please add any people I haven't mentioned in the comments.

I think the finished bouquets look blooming fantastic. I hope that Sarah's family like them. They have been made with love from the Noras for a fantastic lady who will be sadly missed. The bouquets have been expertly photographed by Vicky who has given permission for us to use the photos on our web pages and blogs.

Some members have managed to get to the funeral today. Others are having a Knit Out in her honour at the time of the funeral.

Farewell Sarah - you may be gone from us physically but you will never be gone from our memories


June said...

Such a thoughtful bouquet of flowers sent with love from you all. They look so pretty and really suit what you have told us about this lovely lady.

Knitting Nurd said...

What a beautiful way to honor someone! Your bouquets look fantastic and I'm sure they will be cherished for many years to come!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. I love it!

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Anonymous said...

These look amazing!I came across your pictures as im looking into a bouquet for my wedding. Have you made more of these? If not it may be an idea! Maybe raise money for a breast cancer charity? If you do make them i would possibly be interested in buying one. Ruth

enthusiastic crochetoholic said...

The bouquets weren't made by one person. They were a joint effort by our Knitting Club Bolton Knitting Noras to homour a founder member who lost her fight with breast cancer.
We all made a couple of flowers which were then put together by a couple of members.
The flowers were a mix of knit and crochet and patterns came from various sources.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I read the blog. My friend loves crochet so i can get her help to practice. These really are the best i have seen though and i've looked at a lot! I bet she would have loved them. You ladies are very talented. Do you mind if i use the pictures to help make my bouquet?

enthusiastic crochetoholic said...

I am sure that the ladies would not mind you taking inspiration from Sarah's bouquets.
I know that some of the flowers and leaves came from a book called 100 flowers to Knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield.
There are lots of knitted and crocheted flower patterns free on the net if you Google free patterns for them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. We were planning on making donations to a charity as our favours so I think a cancer charity may be appropriate. Can you pass on my appreciation to the other ladies? Thank you again.