Sticky Fingers Arts in Newry are looking help from the public next week to make much needed makeshift/ imitation homes for those animals that have became homeless, lost their natural pouches, nests, beds, etc as a result of the wild fires in Australia.

Australia is on fire and these fires has caused so much devastation, in particular to the natural world, where so many animals have died, been badly burnt, lost their mothers and the rest have been displaced and became homeless.

Sticky Fingers are setting up a temporary textiles room in their Imagination Lab next week in their headquarters on Edward Street and they are dedicating all of next weeks workshop slots to their project.

The Workshops @ Imagination Lab

Tuesday 14 January 2-5pm Kangaroo Joey Pouches XXS-M

Wednesday 15 January 3-5pm Kangaroo Joey Pouches M-XXL

Thursday 16 January 2-5pm Wallaby Hanging Pouches

Friday 17 January 3-5pm 3-D Hanging Pouches

Saturday 18 January 3-5pm Flat Bat Wraps

Sunday 19 January Animal Beds S-M-L

Get Involved

They are asking the community to donate fabrics and time to work with them to create these much needed items to help our furry friends and human helpers in the fire ravaged states in Australia.

All ages and all abilities are welcome to get involved,  just go down and get involved. Some of their own talented artists specialise in textiles, and they will be on hand to assist all those that come to help, whether it be on the sewing machine or just with the template creating and cutting.

You can also bring your own sewing machine and any other equipment you are used to working with.

Once they have ample items made Sticky Fingers will post them all to the designated centres in Australia. The centres are run by amazing volunteers from the ANIMAL RESCUE COLLECTIVE CRAFT GUILD.

Below is a small excerpt from the ARCCG explaining what materials/ fabric should be used to create these items for the animals.

Below this is a link to the templates and instructions on how to create each item on the ARCCG #ARCCG Facebook Page, so if you can’t make it in to Sticky Fingers Arts, then you can try at home and leave any of your creations into us and we can add it to our stockpile before we post them.

We are hoping to post all work - week beginning - 21/01/2020

What fabric do we need? That depends on which part you’re making.
Inner pouches: 100% natural fibre only (cotton, bamboo, linen, silk). Flannelette or plain cotton are great, some carers love stretchy t-shirt cotton. Upcycled bed sheets and duvet covers are perfect for these. Fabric should be very soft (what you would give to a baby). French seams are a MUST for all joey pouch liners.
Outer pouches: Cotton, flannelette, polar fleece, wool, jersey, sweatshirt material, etc. Poly blends and synthetics are OK. Carers have their own preferences based on their experience and environment. French seams are not needed for outer pouches.

Check out the ARCCG Facebook Page for detailed instructions

You can call Mark on 07919587338 / 028 3025 7885 or email on more info

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