Craft group’s in touch with history

NRHNLM111015C8 - Jacksdale craft group Nimble Fingers first Autumn Bazaar. Organiser Jacky Starke with a selection of her handmade cards.
NRHNLM111015C8 - Jacksdale craft group Nimble Fingers first Autumn Bazaar. Organiser Jacky Starke with a selection of her handmade cards.

An EXPANDING craft group nestled in a village community centre is providing a welcome escape from the digital age.

Members of Jacksdale-based Nimble Fingers do away with the laptop once every three weeks to get involved in a range of hands-on activities.

NRHNLM111015C6 - Jacksdale craft group Nimble Fingers first Autumn Bazaar. Dorrienne Scotter with homemade knitted items.

NRHNLM111015C6 - Jacksdale craft group Nimble Fingers first Autumn Bazaar. Dorrienne Scotter with homemade knitted items.

Now with 35 attendees, ranging from six years-old to retirement age, the popular group meet to work on a number of crafts, making homemade cards, jewellery and knitwear alongside more specialist, even ancient, methods.

If you have ever wondered where to go to learn about knitting looms and quilling , then Nimble Fingers caters for the historically curious craft-maker too.

But the get-togethers every three weeks are not simple lessons or workshops according to the group organiser Jacky Starke.

The Frankfurt-born bus driver, 51, who now lives in Sedgwick Street in Jacksdale, has been running the group for three years.

NRHNLM111015C7 - Jacksdale craft group Nimble Fingers first Autumn Bazaar. from left, Chris Clarke, Cheryl Bullock and Joy Hunter Card making and Quilling.

NRHNLM111015C7 - Jacksdale craft group Nimble Fingers first Autumn Bazaar. from left, Chris Clarke, Cheryl Bullock and Joy Hunter Card making and Quilling.

She said: “We are not teachers. We can teach, but we prefer this one-to-one approach.

“If you sit with a person that can do a craft well, they can tell you how it is done. We have spare knitting needles and equipment and you just join in!”

The group meets for five hours every three weeks on a Saturday at the Jacksdale Community Centre, Main Road.

But you don’t have to be an expert in a particular craft to join, according to Jacky.

She said: “My niece said to me, ‘I don’t do crafts’. By the end of a five hour session she had made five different cards.”

Co-organiser, Christine Hill, 63, from Brinsley, said the group offers a welcome bit of time out from the everyday grind.

She said: “I really enjoy the craft and I enjoy the people – we are all very like minded.

“There is so much you can learn off each person.

“It’s just grown really, it’s a get together – a really relaxing Saturday afternoon.”