The Living Room Stitchers is a group of individuals who enjoy putting their skills to use for the sake of charity. The group meets every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at The Living Room in Pilot Mountain.
The group was originally started by the Pilot Mountain Women’s Club as The Afghan Ladies, but has since been renamed and become a separate entity.. The current incarnation of the group started roughly three years ago.
Following several hours of work, the group remains at The Living Room in Pilot Mountain and eats lunch together.
Hutton said that there’s no set membership list, rather whoever has time to come out is welcome, adding that normally six or seven individuals attend the meetings.
“It’s a very informal thing,” Hutton said, adding that several of her friends make items for the group, but don’t actually attend the meetings.
Neva Hunt is the resident quilt maker of the group.
The group makes a wide variety of items, all of which goes to charity organizations for people in need.
Hutton said that all of the lapghans made by the group go to nursing homes, mainly Central Continuing Care in Mount Airy. Hutton explained that lapghans are perfect for individuals who reside in nursing homes, providing cover for their legs while sitting in wheelchairs or lying in bed.
“We’ve probably donated 30 or 40 lapghans this year,” Hutton said.
Hunt makes custom-made fabric bags that serve as day bags for nursing home residents that wrap around the back of wheelchairs when the residents go for a day out. Hunt also makes fabric bags that tuck into the mattress of a bed and can be used to store such things as facial tissues and television remotes.
Other items that the group makes include hats for a cancer treatment facility in Winston-Salem and baby items for the Northern Hospital of Surry County.
“When we were making hats, I never wanted to make the same thing more than once,” Hutton said of the individual approach she takes to crafting each item. “Sometimes the yarn speaks to you and it tells you what you have to make.”
One of the more memorable moments of being a part of the group for Hutton was making a blanket for a little girl that had brain cancer. Hutton explained that the girl’s favorite color is pink so she constructed a made-to-order blanket for the girl to use while receiving chemotherapy treatments.
Hutton later proclaimed that the girl is in remission with a jolly smile on her face.
Baby items that the group donates to The Northern Hospital of Surry County include baby blankets, hats and booties.
“A lot of people want to have something special to take their baby home from the hospital in and not everyone has the means to do so,” Hutton said.
Hutton explained that after each item is completed, the group takes a photo of it and uploads it onto its Facebook page, The Living Room Stitchers, before delivering it to the recipient.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.