The Madiba Portrait Project

The Madiba Portrait Project

Credit Blende Training is proud to be involved in The Madiba Portrait Project, run by Caroline Steyn, the brainchild behind the 67 Blankets initiative that broke world records in 2015.

The aim of the Madiba Portrait is to collect as many blankets as possible in order to create a 4.5 by 4.5 kilometer portrait in blankets by 15 March 2017. The blanket will then be captured via aerial photography. It will take approximately 3 days to lay out the 1764 blankets required and sew them all together!

Heather Lawlor of Credit Blende Training was thrilled to contribute to this blanket by supplying wool at a greatly reduced price. (Heather is a fan of anything to do with haberdashery and teaches related courses at her Edenvale haberdashery store, Lavender and Time.)

mandela-rightAfter the Madiba Portrait Project is completed, the blankets will be returned to their owners and any new blankets made from the wool we’ve supplied will be donated to the less fortunate. This will all coincide with Mandela Day on 18 July 2017, and is Credit Blende Training’s contribution to ’66 minutes.’

We’re all honoured to play a part in this knitted portrait. CBT’s focus is skills development so we’re sure Madiba would approve of our learners picking up knitting needles – some for the first time – and creating squares for the blanket. It has brought a different type of warmth and community spirit into Credit Blende Training.

Watch out for the photos in 2017! You can also follow the 67 Blankets Facebook page for updates.

CBT learners and their knitting
The Madiba Portrait Pattern
CBT's green & gold squares
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Nelson Mandela