Common Threads is composed of a diverse group of individuals who gather to make a variety of fabric and fiber items which in some way might enrich the lives of those who receive them. Examples of these offerings are sleeping bag’s and drawstring backpacks for the homeless, prayer squares, taggie quilts for newborns and burial gowns for Mission Hospital NICU’s premature babies who do not survive. Each participant in the group brings their own set of talents ranging from gifted artist to willing worker. All are welcome.
From the 2016 Annual report:Common Threads is a group formed three years ago to be a gathering of persons who enjoy any type of fiber arts to share ideas and create together. The group has grown to include persons from All Souls as well as Trinity and Grace in the Mountains. We usually have about 6 to 10 persons at each meeting.
Our fiber art work has evolved from working on our own projects to using our widely varied skills to make items which might provide comfort or make life better or happier for someone else. We spend most of our meetings making sleeping bags for the homeless or drawstring backpacks. In addition, some individuals work at home making little tag quilts for All Souls newborns, prayer squares, burial gowns for pre-term victims of fetal death and knitted scarves and hats.
All of the supplies for our projects are donated. The sleeping bags make great use of old sheets, blankets, mattress pads and even an occasional curtain or table cloth. We also have mended old, tired sleeping bags to give them new life. Thanks to all who have left supplies for our use.
The group meets in Zabriskie Hall on second and fifth Thursdays. All are welcome and attendees bring their own lunch and stay for as much time as their schedules allow. Kerstin McDaniel has accurately described the needed skills to participate in this group. “If you can tie your own shoes, you have the skills needed.”