I had the pleasure of liaising with the Wig Service Coordinator at the Cancer Council WA, Maryanne Van Dal who was able to source some fabric and threads for our event.
Altogether we made a total of 75 caps and wraps from 41 metres of gorgeous bamboo jersey. A few of us spent some time cutting out our selected patterns ready to sew up on the day, which in itself was quite a fun game of group Tetris as we got the most out of the fabric.
Using three patterns for the specifically drafted event, we started with a short intro session and then our 25 sewists got down to business to produce these beautifully handmade products which were delivered back to the Cancer Council Wig Service based at Millroy Lodge.
When I dropped them off, our Woolies green bag full of hats and scarves looked unassuming but it was heartening to know we did something good for the people in our community.
Being able to sew these items for the Cancer Council felt like a huge gift, not so much for the recipients but for me. In my professional life I am a Cancer Nurse and every day I speak with people who experience hair loss due to cancer treatment.
It is always a difficult conversation to have because hair loss is the thing that will, without doubt, make someone look sick.
As my fellow sewists worked away I couldn’t help but be moved by the relief that these handmade products would provide. Not only was it a joy to sew with some beautiful fabric but to make something that would make another person feel beautiful when wearing them, or at the very least comfortable, in an ocean of discomfort.
I also got to form a closer relationship with the beautiful staff and volunteers of the Cancer Council of WA and to experience the amazing facilities at Millroy Lodge, the home away from home for our country patients. I never thought my sewing and professional life would collide but when it did, it enriched both.
The Cancer Council is an entirely donation funded organisation who provide support services for those affected by cancer. If you or your sewing group are interested in continuing our work sewing for the Cancer Council please contact the Cancer Council Wig Service in your state on 13 11 20.
by Kylie Peel
ASG member, WA