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Lockdown Photos

Images showing how members kept busy during lockdown

At the beginning of May, Craft Corner regulars were invited to send in photographs of items they had been making during lockdown. Two weeks later, this was expanded. All members were invited to send in photographs of pastimes they had been pursuing and tasks they had been undertaking during lockdown.

A selection of the photographs received with some of the accompanying commentary is below.

John Devoy

John kept himself busy, and found some compensation for the lack of full-scale sailing, by making a model of Solo 2068. This was the first Solo John had owned, and rebuilt. He used an original set of plans from Jack Holt dated June 1972 and scaled them down to 1/6th original size.

Kathy Warwick

Two examples of wet and needle felted pictures:


An old curtain put to good use:

Kathy has been working hard on scrub bags for the NHS. She has paused after making 200, a nice round figure, whilst the demand is being reassessed. Many thousands of these bags have been made by volunteers and, apparently, they have been very well received by nurses, paramedics and other key workers. Kathy enjoyed the opportunity to apply one of her hobbies to helping the NHS in a small way.

Trudy Day

I'm no good at craft but I'm quite proud of my recent restorations. The first one is an old chiminea .. ..

.. . ..

.. .. the other one a very rusty old BBQ .. ..


I must point out - these have been restored as garden ornaments and NOT for use. If you lit a fire in either you'd be in big trouble!!

[Note from Viv - amazing job, well done!]

Trudy has also sent a photograph of her famous orchid. Rescued from certain death it now has 93 blooms and has been a joy. Quite impressive!

Ashlie Burlingham

I have been knitting children's items for The Stubbington Ark Animal Centre (RSPCA). So far I've completed two jumpers and two hats. When The Ark re-opens, the jumpers will go in their table top sale to raise money for a new cattery.

Viv Rance

I have joined a Zoom art class lasting for 1 hour for 10 days, just for lockdown days. Here's my effort at collage. I'm enjoying the course. I hope to improve with a bit more practice and, maybe, get some ideas for future Craft Corner sessions.

Photograph of a wartime recipe I used and the resulting syrup cake although I had to substitute runny honey for the syrup. This seems to have turned the cake brown! Just had to use what was in my store cupboard, due to rationing! No sugar in this recipe; perhaps I should have added extra honey/syrup! Otherwise it was very easy to make. We plan to eat this on VE Day with some raspberries and maybe some raspberry ice cream.


This photograph shows our bunting.

Three photos of my carrot soup making today and practising my photography skills.

Justin Churcher

I play all sorts of music, mainly rock, metal and a bit of folk. The bass is electric but I really enjoy playing it. I have been getting lots of practice in.

[Potential new member of Seafarers Music Group? - Viv]

Jen Basford

A photo of the fruit cake I baked for the D Day commemorations. It's a National Trust recipe based on one that was enjoyed by Winston Churchill. I didn't have the exact ingredients, so had to make do and mend!!

John Hamon

Hair down and bunting up in preparation for VE Day 75.


Before and after photographs of a metal Mobo rocking horse that I renovated during lockdown.


Andrea Pines


Mary Collins

My New Year resolution was not to buy any more wool, so I have been using up some of my stash while on furlough leave. When I'm not gardening or on the allotment, crafting has kept me busy whilst Paul is working.

Alfie the rabbit was made as a present to my sister's new baby born during lockdown.

The scrub bags were a few of the 50+ I made. A local resident near me in Fareham set up a group to make scrub bags. To date over 3,000 have been made and distributed to nurses, midwives healthcare workers in care homes and the ambulance service.


The face masks were made for key health workers in the community.


The two baby jackets are just waiting for buttons which I can get when the shops reopen.


The socks are just another pair finished. The little red hearts were knitted and sent into hospital for COVID19 patients and their relatives to help them feel connected. One heart stayed with the patient and the other was sent to the relative.


Last updated 15:25 on 3 May 2021

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