Crafting with care at Tualatin Public Library
Sharpies traced, shears snipped and sewing machines hummed in the Tualatin Library on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7, as library-goers of all ages learned how to craft scarves for a warm cause.
The Community Giving Project, titled "Cozy Project" by its creator LeBrie Rich, aims to bring people together to craft items to donate to people in need.
"I think it's another draw to bring people together in communities who work on a project together that they're needed for, instead of something that's just personal enrichment for them," Rich said.
A graduate of the Oregon College of Art and Craft, located on Southwest Barnes Road in Portland, Rich designed patterns that address what items are most needed by the homeless — scarves and mittens for the time being — and that can make efficient use of the fabric scraps she gets for free from the Portland Garment Factory.
After tracing and cutting small squares — or rectangles if a scrap is large enough — crafters of all abilities took turns at one of six provided sewing machines. Stitching together the small squares of fleece requires a little extra time, but the finished piece is a fuzzy mosaic with no two scarves alike. And their crafters often learn a thing or two along the way.
"I didn't know I could sew," said Jacobi Glenn, 10, of Tigard as he stitched rectangles together to make a scarf as striped as a candy cane.
Gloria Kisan, 23, of Tualatin had never operated a sewing machine before the scarf-making event. "Now I appreciate all of my clothes," Kisan said.
The finished scarves will be donated to Rolling Hills Community Church, which will distribute the gifts through its shelter, open on Wednesday nights through the end of March to provide a hot meal, shower and laundry facilities to homeless adults in the Tualatin community.
Part two of the scarf sewing event will commence from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, fin the Community Room at the the Tualatin Library, 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Avenue. All materials are provided — the project just needs willing hands to help.