The Needle Arts Group meets once a month at members’ homes, usually on Saturday mornings. We have a great time, talking and sharing as we work. Anyone is welcome to join us.

If you are interested or have questions, you can talk to any of the following members: Joyce Hess, Beth Mackie, Mitzi Moran, Anne Nicolson, Sophia Olaitan, Ethel Steverson, Beth Thompson, Helen Toney, Keri Tope or Patty Pitcher.

The group began several years ago when Sara Hayden (our intern at the time), and Joyce Hess suggested that our church explore having a “stitching” group. “Stitching” for us included knitting, crocheting, embroidery and quilting. We worked on items of our own choosing, until someone suggested we make “lap robes” for shut-ins. The lap robes were made of knitted and crocheted squares, which were joined together by Joyce Hess, Verona Manhu and Beth Thompson. With prayers and blessings, we gathered in a circle and dedicated the first of many lap robes in the spring of 2009. Caroline Leach delivered the robes to the recipients.

A couple of years ago, we decided to make little hearts cut from felt, individually decorated and stuffed to donate to Harbor Grace Hospice, one of the largest providers of pediatric hospice in Georgia. Zeena Regis-Dashiell, who was at that time the Chaplain at Harbor Grace, would give the hearts to families of young patients. For the past year, we have made hearts for families of cancer patients at Emory Hospice, where Zeena is now the chaplain. We estimate that at least 200 of these hearts have been lovingly made and given to grieving families as a token to hold onto, in memory of their loved ones. We hope these hearts provide them some comfort in their time of loss.

The Needlearts Group has also worked with Liturgical Arts on several projects, such as a set of banners and other decorations for Pentecost.