Friday, December 17, 2010

WEAVING FOR A REASON--MAKING SMILES


Everyday, weavers sit down at their looms to create something, it may be something as simple as kitchen towels or as exotic as an art sculpture. In the creation there is an incredible pleasure. It's the fiber, the feel, the rhythm, the challenge and for some, it's the sheer joy of throwing that shuttle back and forth and watching something develop.

Couple that excitement with Weaving for a Reason. Our weavers have handcrafted baby blankets for The Nest who provide these blankets with other necessities to families in need. We also provide pillows for patients after breast cancer surgery or chemotherapy at UIHC. The pillows are designed to protect the surgical or chemotherapy site from seat belt rub. The individuals who receive these items are so appreciative. One chemo patient said that on a really difficult day, she glanced at her pillow, and it "made me smile." I think that says it all.

Currently, we have a warp on the Newcomb upstairs at the Guild House for folks to weave a piece or two for the pillow fabric. One of our new weavers, Jill, looks like she's really enjoying her piece. We have a list of folks scheduled to weave, but if you're interested in making someone SMILE, give Anna Alexander or Vicki Tardy a call and we'll include you.

Weaving for a Reason...Making Smiles.

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