Handiwork will be of comfort to Olympic athletes

Support...back, Sally Watts, Jo Parish, Heather Webb, Michael Churchouse, Janet Jackson, Rachel Moss and Christine Wright. Front, Katrina Wray, Helen Aitken, Jane Kennedy and Ann Window of the Guild of Longdraw spinners make cushions for the olympic athletes at Stoke Albany village hall. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001396-25)
Support...back, Sally Watts, Jo Parish, Heather Webb, Michael Churchouse, Janet Jackson, Rachel Moss and Christine Wright. Front, Katrina Wray, Helen Aitken, Jane Kennedy and Ann Window of the Guild of Longdraw spinners make cushions for the olympic athletes at Stoke Albany village hall. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001396-25)

A VILLAGE group made cushions from British wool to be given as a gift to welcome athletes coming to this country for the Olympic Games.

The Guild of Longdraw Spinners in Stoke Albany took part in Saturday’s Woolsack event, part of the Cultural Olympiad in the lead up to London 2012.

Jane Kennedy, of the group, said: “Hand spinners were delighted to have the perfect opportunity to showcase their skills, starting with raw British fleece and providing a personal gift for the athletes that are beautiful and a little bit of Britain to take home with them.”

The guild welcomes anyone wishing to learn to spin to their meetings at Stoke Albany Village Hall on the first Saturday of each month.

For more information or to buy British hand spun wool, specialist knitting wools or spinning supplies see Mrs Kennedy at The Laughing Ewe, above the cafe in East Carlton Park.