Community Outreach Activities of Whatcom Weavers Guild
Small Looms at the Bellingham Library Skill Share Space
Small Looms at the Main Branch of the Bellingham Library is back in session. We will be there on the first Saturday of each month from Noon to 3PM thereafter. We need volunteers, about 5-6 each month to talk to the public, demonstrate what you are working on and even teach on a small cardboard loom. This is the best way we have found to engage others in the world of textile arts. We have gained a few new Guild members, from this activity, as a result.
We especially need someone to volunteer to bring all the supplies and set up the space before we begin. This needs to be done at about 11:30 so we're ready to start at Noon.
Hospice Washcloth Project & the Sno-Cap Project
Whatcom Weavers Guild supports two community groups by donating projects to them. Hospice Community Outreach Project
Volunteers lovingly knit, crochet or weave washcloths to support one of the rituals of farewell offered to families of patients who pass away under Hospice care. This is the option of bathing their loved one’s hands, face or body as a final goodbye. The families are given kits that contain a handmade washcloth and a small vial of Lavender Oil to scent the water. The families may then keep the washcloth as a memory keepsake. It is used only once. Whatcom Weavers Guild members have made and donated over 150 washcloths to date. Hospice gives about 50 kits per month to families.
Instructions and guidelines for handwoven washcloths:
Use unmercerized cotton yarns. 60-100% works the best (I recommend “Sugar & Cream”).
They should be approximately 10” x 10” (finished size)
They do not need to be fancy, plain weave is fine
You can choose the weight and sett that you prefer to make a soft, medium weight cloth
Please use lighter colors. No black, navy, brown, or dark greens please
A machine-sewn edge is OK for the finish, as is a short fringe
When finished, wash in hot water and mild detergent
Dry in the dryer with no softening agents or fragrances
These cloths will be used once and offered to the families to keep as a memory keepsake.
The Sno-Cap Project
Knitters and Crocheters! Grab your needles and hooks. It’s time for the annual “Snow Caps Project”. It’s the Fall 2023 drive for handmade hats and scarves. Named after WWG’s own Barbara Snow, this heartfelt project produces warm garments and accessories for Whatcom County’s children and adults in need. It’s been going strong for more than 12 years. The items are distributed through the fall and winter months by collaborating organizations. This includes (but is not limited to) The Opportunity Council, Northwest Youth Services, The Lighthouse Mission, and several elementary schools. It’s a great way to use up those orphan skeins of yarn that we all have in our stash, and to make someone happy and warm. You create! We distribute! Patterns and yarn provided if needed. Contact email@example.com for more information. You will be glad that you did!