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Politician donates late wife's knitting collection to good cause
5:42pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A LIFETIME collection of fabric and wool donated by one of the region’s leading Liberal Democrat politicians will be turned into a colourful banner.
More than two cars full of textiles have been donated to West Auckland Women’s Institute by Chris Foote Wood.
The materials belonged to his late wife Frances who died of cancer in May following an 18 month battle with the disease.
She had a City and Guilds needlework qualification and was a seamstress before becoming a teacher and regional secretary for the Liberal Party.
Over the years Mrs Foote Wood amassed a variety of knitting materials such as wool, needles and patterns.
Mr Foote Wood contacted West Auckland WI through an online bidding website to offer the collection of fabrics.
He said: “I’m very pleased all of her wool and sewing patterns are going to a good home and will be used to create something permanent.”
Members of West Auckland WI will use a traditional technique of knitting known as punch needle threading to create a tapestry style banner.
Juliette Metcalf, president of West Auckland WI, said: “The banner will take around a year to make, we are hoping to put it up where we have our meetings.
“Some of our ladies have already made blankets; it’s lovely that the wool is going back into the community.”
WI meetings are held on Thursdays at 7pm in Monteath Parish rooms, West Auckland. All are welcome.
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