BT seniors offer crafting classes

A group of seniors that delights in showing off their creations is offering crafting classes for free.

If you would like to learn how to sew, quilt, knit or plait, the place to be is at Nurse Jose’s Solomon Senior home in Bodden Town on Saturdays at 3pm.

The group of ladies gets together and shares not only their crafty ideas but also enjoy a day of fun and fellowship.

‘We are willing to show anyone who is interested that comes by the senior’s home,’ said Athelyn Miller.

Craft projects are a great way for seniors to interact with others.

It is said that seniors who stay active and involved tend to suffer from less depression, achieve better overall health and often have a better outlook on life during golden years.

These ladies on the lane at Gun Square Road seem to have it together when it comes to offering their services and being involved with the community.

Nurse Josie Solomon, of whom the centre is named, is always the centre of attention with her colourful character. Always one to make sure the senior’s home is well taken care of – Ms Solomon has been an active member of the community for decades. She delights in showing off her shag rugs.

Delicate pieces of crochet sit in the lap of Athelyn Miller. Learning to crochet was not a hard skill for her to master she said. ‘One day I went to a friend and said, ‘show me how to crochet.’ That day I learned how to chain, the next day single crochet and so on until I had mastered it.’

‘Come let me show you my handiwork,’ said Ms Betty Wood, smiling. She proudly shook out a shag rug made from strips of coloured cloth.

Agnes McCoy, proud of a blue crochet piece that read God Bess This Home and shared with others her dilemma of not being able to find a pattern for the piece. After counting the stitches of an original piece made by her mom, she finally finished the piece. Ms McCoy, who was busy working on a cloth cathedral window plaque, also knows how to speedy weave, create pointed star rugs, handbags, quilts and many other items.

Sitting quietly in a chair with thatch material in hand, Eileen McLaughlin kept her eyes focused on the piece she was creating. Nearby Ms Jose admired the beautiful thatch work handbags and land baskets made by Ms McLaughlin.

Laughter ran out from the fellowship room where other seniors and friends were enjoying a light snack.

Back in the common room Ms Rena Alexander exclaimed, ‘I made a pointed star handbag.’ All the ladies looked over to find out how she had accomplished that feat. ‘I just sewed it together,’

Joining this group of ladies not only let’s one develop a skill, but the stories of Cayman’s history are colourful and something most would love to hear.

They talk about the days of twisting rope, backing water from the well and fishing, caboose cooking, garden parties and raising children.

The various programmes offered at the centre are not just for women; men are also welcome to come along and learn about Cayman seafaring days and turtling.

Children are also welcome.

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