Newman Needleworks


In 2003 a group of Newman Center crafters formed Newman Needleworks as part of the 2-Care program at St. Thomas More Newman Center. Our goal was to spend two hours per month serving the community through our crafting skills. The group began by meeting for two hours each month to make blankets for Project Linus, which is a national organization that provides hand-made, washable blankets to local children who need the special comfort of their very own blankets.

Over the years Newman Needleworks has made dozens of blankets of all sizes for Project Linus. We have also made blankets and hats for Rainbow House, an emergency foster care facility located in Columbia, MO. These are all ongoing Newman Needleworks projects.

A major part of the Newman Needleworks ministry is teaching people to knit and crochet. Our group now includes new and experienced knitters, crocheters, and fabric crafters of all ages.

In June 2009, Newman Needleworks began the Baptismal stole project. These stoles are presented at all infant and child Baptisms here at St. Thomas More Newman Center. The stoles are knitted, crocheted and sewn. We also make prayer shawls. These are crocheted or knitted, and we attach a prayer tag to them. They are distributed in homes, hospitals and long term care centers. For instructions on how to make a prayer shawl, go to

Please join us:

Newman Needleworks meets once a month during the school year on the third Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Newman Center. Please check the bulletin for the meeting location. No crafting experience is necessary; we will teach you how to knit or crochet.

Have you heard of a charity needlework project you would like to get involved with? Come to Newman Needleworks and share your ideas. Our mission is to use our crafting skills to help others.

You can also be a part of the Newman Needleworks ministry by (1) making machine washable knitted or crocheted squares or blankets, or sewn/quilted blankets; (2) making prayer shawls, infant and adult hats, scarves, mittens and afghans; (3) donating machine washable yarn of any color, quantity or type to Newman Needleworks.

Yarn can be left in the Newman Center Office or placed in the bins located in the Kemper Library study area on the second floor.

Yarn is available in the wooden cabinet located in the Kemper Library study area on the second floor (take what you need).

For more information contact Jan Pritchard at 442-4466 / or Susan Devaney at 696-1424 /