Pieceworks & Knit2gether
Resourcing the Giving Room for individuals to give to those in need is a ministry dear to Pat Boelman’s heart (right). Connie Tucker (left) holds knitted slippers and shares that during the winters, she has a friend who keeps a basket of slippers near the door for when her guests remove their shoes.
The Piecework for Peacework ministry opened midsummer in 2018, funded by the Deacon’s Good Samaritan’s sponsorship, with the leadership of Pat Boelman, Rev. Pat Hammond, and Jana Phelps in supervision. Room 203 was painted and organized by the maintenance crew, with furniture build by Dave Tidwell. With the additional gifts of donations, Piecework is grateful for the generosity of all.
As a companion to “Prayers and Squares,” who have been making quilts with those experiencing grief or medical issues, Piecework is composed of about 20 individuals who also are giving resources for the cancer support group that meets Mondays in the Lounge called “Leaning on Hope.” Over 100 hats and 50 scarves have been knitted and given to the St. Francis House, the Multi-cultural Center, and the Veteran’s Outreach Center, as well as resourcing the Giving Room for individuals to give to those in need.
Other projects have included making several comfort blankets with teddy bears, ragtime baby blankets for at-risk children through Children’s Protective Services, and for providing 40 top and 40 bottom scrubs for the domestic violence victims at Children’s Inn. Piecework has also made and given away fidget blankets to persons with memory or sensory issues, including people in nursing homes, as well as providing walker-bags for those with balance issues.
Participation could include cutting squares for these projects, requesting a kit to put together at home or using whatever skills you have to join with those currently participating. If you knit or crochet, there are projects we could provide to help you begin, and if you’re not able to help with the handcraft tasks, we welcome donations of gifts. At the present time, we are in need of flannel double sheets and plain or printed cotton material which is appropriate for men. If you donate by check, please put Piecework on your check memo line, or be in contact with Pat Boelman for what new or used items are needed.
The KNIT2GETHER group extends an open invitation to all to join us for two hours of relaxation and a little time spent on our handiwork projects.
What: Knit, crochet, cross stitch, any kind of handiwork
When: 2nd and 4th Thursday from 11:30-1:30
Where: Reflection Room, Room 206
Who: Any one doing handiwork of any type or just wanting to socialize
Why: Work on our projects
Share our skills with each other
Show off our projects
Make items for others (being the Visible Face of Christ)
Regular attendance not required nor is spending the full two hours with the group.