Craft Club (with UKHKA)

‘Recycled Rainforest’, Craft Club’s flagship project at Lindens Primary School, Sutton Coldfield © Photography by Adrian Burrow, 2009

A new craft learning resource package for schools and community groups to start their own creative club.

We have developed this initiative in response to the amount of interest from teachers who need only minimal support in order to set up clubs in their schools during extended hours, at lunch or after school. However, schools are not the only benefactors of this exciting scheme which has the potential to increase participation in craft learning in a range of other educational and cultural venues (see ‘Who?’ for details).

Knit 1, Pass It On
Craft Club launched its first scheme in 2009, called Knit 1, Pass It On. A simple concept with a magnificent ripple effect: knitters are asked to pass on their yarn skills to at least one other person, who can then do the same. And on it goes…

Get involved!
To join, simply click the link below to visit the Craft Club website. Then just download our resource pack to get started. Easy!
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Craft Club Partners
We are working closely with the UK Handknitting Association (UKHKA) and National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) to promote a national ‘learn to knit’ scheme.

  • ‘Knit 1 Pass it On, the inaugural Craft Club campaign for knitting in schools © Crafts Council/ UKHKA, 2010

    About UKHKA:
    The UKHKA’s main aim is to raise the profile of hand knitting. It does this through ‘Learn to Knit’ classes held throughout the UK, ‘Relax and Knit’ stands at all the main Knitting and Sewing shows and by the introduction of National Competitions.
    For more information, visit the UKHKA site

  • About NFWI:
    The NFWI are the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK, with 205,000 members in England, Wales and the Islands. They play a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities, such as the promotion and enjoyment of craft skills through the implementation of Craft Club.

  • Background to Craft Club

    Significant impetus from this scheme has come from the government’s ‘extended services’ for schools initiative. The core offer of extended services, which all schools are expected to provide by 2010, is made up of five elements.

    In the table below we have matched these with the principles of Craft Club:

    DCSF: Extended Services Offer Craft Club Offer
    1. Childcare (in primary and special schools) A safe, supportive and fun place for young people to go to in their lunch or after school
    2. A varied menu of activities including study support, sport and music clubs A rolling programme of craft forms and creative projects for enrichment, including an interactive web package for children and young people to network with craftspeople, share practical tips and resources, and win prizes.
    3. Swift and easy access to targeted and specialist services A network of specialist makers, craftspeople and skilled volunteers to present a high quality learning experience
    4. Parenting support including family learning ‘Cascade’ and intergenerational learning (passing on of skills between groups, e.g. generations of a family)
    5. Community access to facilities including adult and family learning, ICT and sports facilities. An invitation for a wider pool of participants to visit a school or cultural venue to access its facilities and resources and engage in craft learning.

    The focus is on making craft accessible and practicable by as many learners as possible, and we believe knitting -and other yarn-based crafts- offer an economical, adaptable and fun starting point. As the club’s network grows, other crafts will be added to build up to an online library of resources for club leaders to tap into.

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This short film serves as a ‘mini-documentary’ for Craft Club, as told by the schools, venues, volunteers, parents and — of course — the young people who are currently enjoying participation in a Club. Featuring Craft Club volunteers, staff and pupils from St Nicholas Primary School (Oxford), St Paul’s C of E School (Brighton) and The Women’s Library (London), the film demonstrated the benefits for all involved. © Tim Hyde Films/ Crafts Council, 2011.

See also

  • Teaching Toolkit

    A growing resource bank for teaching craft.

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