On Isle of Wight Day weekend, be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as beautifully crafted hearts will be hidden around the island.
The idea of ‘love bombing’ the island came from Helen Dennis, owner of Isle of Sweets Craft Centre. An islander who loves the landscape and the community, Helen was inspired by the outpouring of love that followed recent tragic events in London and Manchester.
Wanting to get involved in Isle of Wight Day and raise money for local charities, Helen decided to invite the community to get involved in sewing, crocheting and knitting hearts, which will be left around the island with messages of love. The project is being sponsored by Go Local, while Shanklin Brownies and the Enchanted Isle’s princess have already kindly offered to help spread the hearts far and wide
If you haven’t visited the Isle of Sweets Craft Centre in Shanklin before, you’re missing out. An abundance of fabrics, beads and glitter awaits you, with visitors of all ages encouraged to get messy and enjoying creating art. With a welcoming and open atmosphere, it has become a haven for locals with a love of craft.
The Craft Centre’s heart making workshops will be running, free of charge, from 9 – 10:30, Monday – Friday, all throughout the summer. All are welcome to attend; the heart making workshops are for children 8+ and adults, but younger children are welcome to enjoy all the Craft Centre has to offer or take part in a toddler session for just £3.
If you would like to get involved with heart making, or volunteer your services to ‘spread the love’ and distribute the hearts, pop in to the Isle of Sweets Craft Centre on Shanklin High Street or get in touch with Helen via her Facebook page here