New Granger Fiber Center classes starting in September

PICKENS — For Sept. and Oct., 2016, Granger Fiber Arts, located in the Pickens Community Center/Senior Center of Pickens at 129 School House Street, Pickens, SC, has added nine occasional activities to the 10 regular weekly activities schedule.

Wreath Making with Audrea Medrick will be Wednesday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will provide their own supplies for either a grape vine wreath or a mesh wreath. A metal frame and one roll of mesh (burlap or woven plastic) will be needed to support the mesh wreath. Additional supplies include the following for either type of wreath: ribbon for bow, floral wire and/or pipe cleaners, decorations of your choice (sports, fall, Christmas, etc.), and wire cutters. Hot wax gun optional.

Because of the difficulty in locating supplies for the three following classes, the leaders will purchase all supplies needed and determine the cost. Adequate shipping time for these supplies, class size limits, and the dates for preregistration and submitting the cost for supplies are listed below:

Chair Caning three-day class with Dale Harward will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1-3:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cost will be $25 per “kitchen-style” chair. Preregistration and supply cost are due Monday, Sept. 12. A chair with the style caning offered is in the Granger Fiber Center. Class size is limited to 5 participants.

Basketry two-day class with Patti English will be held Thursdays Oct. 13 and 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Preregistration date, pictures for basket style selection, and cost will be available in the Granger Fiber Center by Sept. 9.

Swedish Huck Towel

three-day class with Denise Blecke will be held Thursdays Oct. 13, 20, and 27 from 9-11:30 a.m. Preregistration will be accepted through Oct. 12, but the class is limited to 5 participants. Cost of supplies is $25. A sample product is currently available in the Granger Fiber Center.

Three of the additional five Occasional Activities are:

Pillowcase Ministry: Draw strings will be added to pillowcases which are then filled with age appropriate items for infants, toddlers, and youth/adults. The filled pillowcases will be taken to DSS to be given to children and/or adults DSS has quickly removed from their homes for their safety. Participants will meet Friday, Sept. 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. Gail Vickery will meet with the group on Sept. 16. (“Preemie Items” participants will also meet with them, Sept. 16.)

Preemie Items Ministry: Infants have an acute sense of smell even at a distance of 12 feet. To assist with mother-baby-bonding and to provide the preemies the continual fragrance of their mother, simple flannel hearts which can be placed on the chests of preemie mothers to absorb the mother’s body smell and then placed near the baby will be made. Also, receiving blankets and small “propping pillows” for nurses to use when a baby needs to be re-positioned and supported will be made. (This group will meet with the “Pillowcase Ministry” on Sept. 16, 10-11:30 p.m.

Plarn Pads are made by cutting plastic grocery bags into strips, “loop joining” them and rolling them into plastic rolls of “plarn” (plastic yarn). The plarn is then crocheted to form mats homeless persons may place under their sleeping bags to keep them from coming in direct contact with the damp dirt. Barbara Orcha leads this group. They will begin meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7, 9-11:30 a.m.

The two remaining Occasional Activities will not meet as organized groups. They are opportunities for needed items to be dropped off at the Granger Center. These items will then be taken to the two receiving groups:

Hope Women’s Center welcomes crocheted lap blankets and booties which they give to couples who come to them for counseling relative to unexpected or unwanted pregnancies. These items may be brought to the Granger Center any Monday-Thursday between 9-11:30 a.m.

MARY’S House is a refuge for abused women and children. They plan a bazaar fundraiser in December. Craft donations may be brought to the Granger Center any Monday-Thursday between 9 and 11:30 a.m. to be given to Sharon Moon by Nov. 14 for delivery.