Create A Cosy Home Sustainably This Winter

Workshop volunteers can teach you a multitude of skills at the Nest Community

After a long wet summer, winter has arrived in South East Queensland. Across the region, people are digging out their doonas and warm socks. The long chilly evenings are the perfect time to some quality time at home with a podcast and a cozy craft. 

Roz Fenson, CEO of The Nest Community, says even in a temperate climate, winter evokes images of hot chocolate (or a full bodied red) by a warm fire.

‘Winter makes me think of hygge, the Danish concept of a cozy lifestyle, curling up on the couch with soft cushions and blankets and having a long chat with your partner or a good friend,’ Ms Fenson said. 

The Nest Community in Everton Park is a hub of hygge potential, with a wall of yarn waiting to be knitted, crocheted or felted into scarves, blankets and cardigans this winter. 

This year the Swedish lifestyle concept lagom has become popular too. Lagom is about living with just enough for a comfortable life, embracing sustainability and moderation. 

‘If you take hygge and lagom to the extreme they don’t seem compatible, but there’s actually a beautiful middle ground where you can create a lovely cozy homemade lifestyle in a sustainable way and inexpensive way,’ Ms Fenson said. 

‘At The Nest Community, our haberdashery thrift shop is full of donated materials including balls of yarn, meters of fabric, embroidery and sewing threads, buttons, and even sewing machines.

‘Our fabulous haberdashery volunteers or workshop teachers are a wealth of knowledge about craft techniques and can help you choose the best options for your project.’

The Nest Community is a volunteer based organisation that aims to connect generations through sharing skills. In addition to the haberdashery thrift shop, The Nest runs regular classes for sewing, embroidery, quilting, knitting and crochet, along with occasional basket making and hand dyeing workshops. 

‘Starting a new craft can be expensive, but at The Nest Community you can get a few balls of yarn and some knitting needles or a crochet hook for less than the cost of a coffee and you’re on your way to a beautiful handmade item for your hygge/lagom home,’ Ms Fenson said. 

‘Our fabric is significantly cheaper than retail stores at only $4 a meter, so it makes it very inexpensive to get creative and try your hand at dressmaking or quilting.’

Visit The Nest Community at 720 South Pine Road Everton Park Monday to Saturday or see the upcoming workshops at www.thenestcommunity.org.au

Make friendships and share tips and tricks at the Nest Community workshops

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