We catch up with one of ANZA’s special interest groups, the ANZA Needlecraft group, which meets every Thursday to make all manner of crafts, from knitting and embroidery to cross-stitch and now… tutus!

This year has seen many of the Needlecraft group leave, including our much loved coordinator of nine years, Karen. With busy schedules for many of us, it is time for a change and the Needlecraft group is planning a new direction for 2015.

The group meets every Thursday in members’ homes from 10.30 am. The host now provides tea or coffee while members bring their own packed lunch. Whether you pop in for an hour or you stay for longer is totally up to you. From time to time we also meet for lunch or coffee at various spots in the city.

Needlecraft, as the name suggests, covers a wide range of crafts. Knitting, quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch, beading and smocking are just a few of the crafts explored by members. We are a friendly group that welcomes new members throughout the year. We encourage our members to share their talents, so if you want to learn a new craft there is always someone to get you started and to provide information on where to find supplies.

Where possible we get involved in projects requiring crafty hands, the latest being ANZA Action’s ‘Poppies’ initiative to commemorate ANZAC Day 2015 (see page 31 for more information). Be sure to watch out for more details about this project and the workshops on offer.

In March we are delighted to be conducting a ‘Make a Tutu’ craft workshop day, which will be taught by one of our members, Helen Rodwell, who is a renowned professional tutu maker. This is a fun project that requires no sewing. The tutus are ideal for dress-ups, Halloween, costume parties or kindy ballet classes.

Come and try your hand at making a unique fantasy tutu for a lucky little person in your life! Register your interest by emailing needlecraft@anza.org.sg. We will keep you posted on the venue and what to bring. Kits with everything you need will be available. Save the date: Thursday 12 March, from 10.30 am!


When: Thursdays from 10.30 am in members’ homes.

Bring: your own packed lunch. (Tea and coffee supplied.)

Email Helen or Kevina for more details on needlecraft@anza.org.sg


When: Thursday 12 March from 10.30 am.

Bring: your own packed lunch. (Tea and coffee supplied.)

Register your interest by emailing needlecraft@anza.org.sg

Further details and venue will be advised by email.