Making rugs and making friends in south Invercargill

Margaret Parata-Mortimer demonstrates how to hook and make a rag rug. She hoped to start a weekly rug making group at ...
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Margaret Parata-Mortimer demonstrates how to hook and make a rag rug. She hoped to start a weekly rug making group at South Alive to promote friendships.

Margaret Parata-Mortimer is hoping to hook more than a rug at the South Alive rug making demonstration next month - she is hoping to hook some friends, too. 

She moved to south Invercargill from Gore about a year ago. 

Not long after moving, Parata-Mortimer sustained a back injury and was unable to work. 

She had an access of time on her hands and not much to do.

A rug enthusiast, Parata-Mortimer approached the team at South Alive and suggested running a rug making and friendship group.

Rugs were easy to make and were a great way to use up old materials and clothes, she said. 

"The rugs are great but the friendships made in a rug making group are even better."

South Alive community co-ordinator Nikki Aaron said they were excited by the idea.

Instead of launching a rug making group straight away, they wanted to test the waters by hosting a demonstration evening.

"If the community likes it then we can make it a regular event."

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More and more people were approaching South Alive with ideas like starting a friendship groups or running an event, Aaron said.

"It's great to see people approaching us with ideas and actively trying to engage with the community."

Margaret Parata-Mortimer and Raewyn Leitch would run the rug making demonstration at the South City Mall from 10am on June 1. To register, contact the South Alive office on 03 2186882.

 - Stuff

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