Service Projects 2022
Hello Golden Gate weavers,
So.... I finally have some 8/2 cotton warp on my loom, and I am starting to weave some dishtowels. Some of these will be presents and some will be for the 2022 Dish Towel Service Project.
Drop off date is December 1st, so it's not too early to start a project. We are joining Loom&Shuttle this year and will donate dish towels to two worthy groups: the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center in Berkeley, and Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly in San Francisco. The Berkeley center provides a safe haven for homeless women and their children. The San Francisco group works to alleviate isolation among the elder, homebound population.
If you have any questions, please email me or text. Send pictures if you like! :)
Many thanks to weavers from both Loom&Shuttle and Golden Gate Weavers: Sheila, Carol, Susie, Karen, Koko, Anne Maris, Mai, Nancy, Nari and Deborah Chiarucci. Fifty-five beautiful items were handmade and included dish towels, pot holders, coasters and scarves.
Nancy and I collected items, and Deborah and I tagged and organized the items. Deborah and I had the best job - we got to admire and touch each beautiful item. Each tag says, "Happy Holidays! A handmade gift from the Golden Gate and Loom & Shuttle weaving guilds."
This week all of these gifts will be delivered to Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly in San Francisco, and to Berkeley Women's Drop-In Center. I know that each gift will be warmly received.
Big thanks to all involved in this year's Service Project. We'll do this again next year. During the coming year, if you have an extra item or two, think about storing it away for our group project. :)
I'll be sending photos in a separate email.
I've found two wonderful organizations that are excited to receive our handwoven dishtowels. My hope is that Loom&Shuttle and Golden Gate Weavers will once again create some beautiful handwoven dishtowels that will added to care packages in December. I will collect them, package them, and deliver them to the organizations. The deadline to drop off your finished dishtowels will be December 1st. Details below.
Dishtowel details: My preferred thread is 8/2 cotton, with an EPI of 18 or 20. My preferred size, hemmed, washed and dried, is 24" x 16." (Size on the loom is about 32" x 19.") This is what I like, but please make what works for you.
1. Women's Daytime Drop-In Center is in Berkeley. I've contributed to this organization before, and have visited the house on Acton Street. From their website: "The Women's Daytime Drop-In Center provides a safe space, warm meals, counseling, and support to identify housing to any homeless woman and her children during the day, when shelters are closed. WDDC serves an average of 150 women and children each month." They create holiday care packages and would be delighted to include handwoven dishtowels. https://www.womensdropin.org
2. Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly is on Hyde Street in San Francisco. Their mission is to offer companionship and alleviate isolation among the elder population. They organize volunteers to make weekly phone calls or in-person visits to home-bound seniors. They also create holiday gift bags and would love to be part of our service project. http://littlebrotherssf.org/