October 2, 2019

Liberty Dreamtime

Liberty has a team of volunteers who generously donate their time and unique skills. For a bit of fun one of our fabulous volunteers, Renate, decided to introduce a little art and craft, showing clients how to make woollen pom poms. Some of our clients had never done this before and were excited to learn something new. One person in particular, Peter, took the whole pom pom making adventure to a new and amazing level!

For 23 years Peter enjoyed a very successful career as a hairdresser. He had travelled the world, living life to the fullest and enjoying each and every day. Then, one day, Peter’s life changed dramatically after suffering a brain aneurysm. His eyesight was severely impacted and his limited vision meant Peter could no longer continue his hairdressing career. Peter was not about to be beaten down by this. He had other plans!

Peter joined Liberty a year ago and he absolutely loves attending each and every week. After Renate showed the group how to make the pom poms, Peter discovered he really enjoyed this new little craft. Each week he would turn up with a bag full of pom poms, ready to pick up some more wool to take home and make some more … week after week, bag after bag, pom after pom! How can a man with such limited vision make so many pom poms I hear you ask? The answer is holding them very close to his smiling face, just above his heart of gold!

With other group members also contributing to the collection, eventually the amount of poms poms grew and the group had to make a decision on what to do with them.

Shirley, sewed a hessian backing with bamboo railings in preparation to display the group’s handiwork. Then both Lyn and Shirley began the task of teaching others how to sew the hundreds of pom poms onto the backing, and so it became affectionately named by the group.

The Leisure & Lifestyle client’s artwork will be on display at Nerang Library

from 1 October – 31 October 2019.

There is a wide varied array of different items for you to check out from, the pom pom hanging, to decoupages to hand crafted dolls, cross stitch, paintings, hand knitted items,blankets embroidery, trauma teddies,  crochet blankets and more!