The Nightshelter is excited to be collaborating with local macramé expert and owner of Twome, Isabella Strambio on a creative lockdown project.

Last year, the Nightshelter made and sold macramé guardian angels at Winchester Christmas Market. The sale of each angel covered the cost of a bed for the night at the Nightshelter. The angels were extremely popular and sold out within an hour.

Isabella (pictured left) has used her talents to create a video guide to making the macramé angels so that people can use their time in lockdown to do something positive from their homes to help people experiencing homelessness.

“I am a big believer that craft helps people with mental health like anxiety,” explained Isabella. “In the past few weeks many people have written to thank me for introducing them to macramé as it has helped them in isolation.

“I am always keen to work with local charities and to support the community. I immediately loved the idea of asking my community of makers and followers to get involved in this project. People at home can benefit from using macramé to create a guardian angel whilst helping vulnerable people and homelessness.”

Isabella was an interior designer in London before turning her hand to macramé and setting up Twome. She now delivers classes online and holds regular workshops in the Winchester area and has been featured in The Sunday Telegraph and appeared on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas. For more macrame inspiration follow Isabella on instagram @_twome and facebook @twomeuk and head to her website,

Isabella’s video does a great job of showing what you need and how to make a macramé guardian angel. How many you make is up to you but each one will be sold to cover the cost of a bed at the Nightshelter for one night for one person.

Completed angels can be posted to:

Guardian Angels
Winchester Churches Nightshelter
20b Jewry Street
SO23 8RZ


Macrame guardian angel tutorial

I put together this video tutorial on how to make angels as a collaboration with the Winchester Churches Nightshelter One of the coordinators contacted me a few weeks ago telling me a beautiful story.Last year she made some macramé angel and sold them at the Winchester Christmas Market as guardian angels with each one covering the cost of a resident’s bed for the night. They proved so popular that they all sold out within an hour!This year she would like to make more and she asked me to see if my macramé community would be willing to help during the lockdown, by making some macramé angels and send them to the Winchester Churches Nightshelter.These can be made from left over strings or with less than 5mt of string.I know many of you are eager to make and use their crafty skills to help others. This could be a way to help vulnerable and people experiencing homelessness.Craft can help us during isolation and our time and creativity could help others too.Please feel free to share the is video with other people that might be interested.Below the material list and the address to were to send the angels.Material:1×15/20mm dia wooden bead4.7mt 3-ply string/cord 3mm thickCut:1 x 60 cm (body)6 x 20/25cm (dress)3 x 15cm (hair)1 x 50cm (legs)1 x 20cm (arms)1 x 80/90cm (wings)1 x 40/50cm (belt)Equipment:Scissors Comb/pet brushNOTE: you could use single twist string for the hair and dress.You can use coloured string for the belt and perhaps gold and silver for the hair.Please send your guardian angles to:Guardian AngelsWinchester Churches Nightshelter‪20b Jewry Street‬WinchesterSO23 8RZ

Posted by TWOME on Monday, 27 April 2020

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