This is from my buddy Kristen from Schmancy:
Call to Crocheters, Knitters and Sewers!
My friend Gretchen is currently in the works to build the very first children’s museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is not only the first children’s museum in S. Africa but the first in Africa. The museum is to open on June 16th, 2016, 40 years after numerous children were brutally killed after protesting against the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974. It’s an absolutely amazing project and I am so proud of her. Not long ago she was filmed in my apartment for a documentary about this undertaking. So much of her conversation was so inspiring, while also heartbreaking and sad. She described one woman having a hard time balancing life as a single mother saying she “just wanted more time for love”.
Seeing as South Africa prides itself on being a Rainbow Nation, an idea came to me while she was talking. I thought how amazing would it be if I could get people from around the globe to mail her hearts. 3″- 4″ hearts, in all the colors of the rainbow, that could be hung from the ceiling of the museum in garlands. After the installation they could be sold in the gift store to help raise money for the museum OR be given to the children that visit.
My goal is to get at least one thousand hearts made and sent to them from around the globe and I am asking YOU to help! It’s an amazing cause and could be a beautiful, inspiring result. If you would be willing to send one to 25 hearts please send at any time between now and May 15th 2016 to the address below:
Play Africa Planning Office, Metropolitan Building B, 1st Floor, 8 Hillside Road, Parktown 2193, Johannesburg, South Africa
PLEASE include a note as we will be cataloging the results as we go. This is a surprise for my friend however I have been in communication with her assistant so she knows what to do 🙂
And if you need a pattern or inspiration look no further:
Adorable knitted hearts from pattern on Mochimochiland!
A nice round up of a bunch of crochet heart patterns!
Sewn hearts tutorial on Design Sponge
You can crochet the hearts from the garland pictured above with my free pattern here , and I also have a pattern for a more 3D heart here.