A group of Appin elves have been hard at work to make something very special this festive season
A crochet-pattern Christmas tree has been built and placed in the middle of town to celebrate the festive season.
The four-metre tall tree features nearly 500 crochet squares and also sports solar lights.
The quirky project was completed by the Appin Crochet Community Group with a little help from fellow Wollondilly residents.
The group’s teacher Sara Goodwin said her class wanted to do something special for Appin this Christmas.
“We originally wanted 360 crochet squares for the tree and ended up with 490 so it was a great community effort,” the Appin resident said.
“At least 50 people helped out and the names of all participants are featured on the tree.
“Some people made just one crochet square while one lady made 50 squares.”
The crochet group was formed about 18 months ago following a community call-out from the Appin Historical Society.
Ms Goodwin, who is passionate about the hobby, volunteered to teach the classes twice a week.
“Most of the group had never picked up a crochet hook before,” she said.
“We started by learning the basics and they are powering along now and can make all kinds of funky things, like blankets and baby items.
“I have now taught 20 to 30 local women how to crochet.”
Ms Goodwin said she began crocheting about six years ago.
“I wanted to be able to make something for my daughter so I started watching YouTube tutorials and got addicted,” she said.
“Any spare minute I have is spent crocheting.”
Ms Goodwin said there was a public myth that only elderly women crocheted.
“Our group has ladies in their mid-20s and into their 30s,” she said.
Crochet group members placed the tree in Appin Park last Friday.
They were joined by Appin Men’s Shed representatives, who donated and installed a steel frame to support the structure.
Ms Goodwin said the special tree had already drawn great praise from local residents.
“The kids in particular are so excited about it,” she said.
“We can look at the tree with a lot of pride, it was a cool thing to make.”
Details: Appin Crochet Community Facebook page.