Sheila's Shawls *
The Silent Witness National Initiative invites you to honor Sheila Wellstone and her tremendous work in reducing domestic violence in our country. She was tragically killed in a plane crash with Senator Paul Wellstone on October 25, 2002.
From Susan Bourne:
What an honor it is for me to join with other folks around the nation, to offer my energies and ideas to Silent Witness as new National Coordinator for the Sheila's Shawls and Paul's Scarves Projects. I look forward to working and sharing with the wonderful people already involved in so many different ways with Silent Witness -- and with those who will come in the future.
As Janet mentioned in the last newsletter, I have lots of ideas percolating; and I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, as they may come to you over the next few months, as to how we can best move forward creating and gifting Sheila's Shawls and Paul's Scarves to those who need them and can benefit from their comfort.
One of our main goals, as I understand it, is to encourage and support local representatives from every state (province, country) who are ready, willing, and able to help – in what ever ways work for you -- with the ongoing creation, collection, and/or distribution of these healing shawls and scarves.
If you are one of these willing people, please let me know so we can connect and chat about how you'd like to be involved -- and what you'd like to offer.
I've created two new online discussion groups (see links below) to give us all a safe place where we can share together about all the aspects involved in these two vital and important projects. These are email discussion groups, and not chat rooms. I hope others will find this kind of forum helpful and meaningful.
The links to the two new groups are as follows:
Please note: there are no apostrophes in the group names, as yahoo does not allow them, though Sheila's Shawls and Paul's Scarves are the 'real' names of the groups and the projects ;-)
If you have any kind of problem accessing either group, please email me directly at email@example.com -- and I'll see what I can do to help. If you would prefer a direct-link invitation to the group, just let me know and I'll happily send you one.
And, of course, if you know of any others who are interested in this work, please email me and let me know so I can contact them and invite them to join the new groups too. Thank you for helping build a strong network.
As of July 2005 we have distributed over 475 shawls. This is an amazing project. It touches the hearts of so many people.
Remember Sheila by knitting a healing shawl for a mother or sister of a woman who was murdered in domestic violence.
We welcome hand sewn shawls, woven shawls or embroidered shawls, whatever your tradition suggests. The idea is to send healing and good will into the cloth, yarn or threads so that the person feels it when they wear it. If you have patterns for other kinds of shawls we welcome them.
If you need supplies you might want to visit one of the supporters of this program: Creative Fibers, a knitting/weaving shop in Minneapolis.
Pattern: We are grateful for any shawl that you choose to knit but we offer this simple pattern.
Triangle Shawl Variation
*The prayer shawl ministry and the first pattern on this page was started by Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo in 1998 in Hartford, CT. Rev. www.shawlministry.com
Susan Izard (First Church of
Christ, Congregational in West Hartford, CT) furthered the shawl ministry
by writing an article about it in Presence Magazine. For the article go
We are grateful to them for
their wonderful idea and hope to keep it moving forward by incorporating
this pattern as one of our Sheila Shawl patterns.
If you are able to send $10 for packaging and shipping of your shawl, we would appreciate it so much. Write the check to Silent Witness. Thanks again for your generosity in this healing project.
SHAWL DISTRIBUTION POINTS:
Local Silent Witness Coordinators: State by state listed on this web site under About Us/Coordinators
New York: Rochester/Ithica area: Loretta Scheg, Legal Services Advocate and founder of knitter's guild. Loretta@zaks.com 585-755-6611.
Pennsylvania: NCJW of Pittsburgh Contact: Sheri Minkoff firstname.lastname@example.org 412-421-6118
New Jersey. Lesley Frost, NCJW email@example.com
Be sure to send your name, address, and telephone number along with the shawl. We like to keep track and we love to send out our special thank you notes.
Here are examples of notes that can be sent with the shawl and to thank those who made the shawl.
Silent Witness is a non-profit
organization so your contribution is tax deductible. If you would like
to include an additional donation
we would be most grateful.
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