Let me introduce you to the two people that your donations will be helping – Jose will be receiving the scholarship and Eufrosina’s husband (pictured in the light blue shirt) will be receiving the money for the loom. This is going to make such a difference in their lives.
Thank you everyone for your support!
The prizes are:
1) Silk Scarf by Moises – hand spun silk, hand woven hand dyed indigo $225.00
2) Wool Rug – 32″ X 60″ handwoven by Jose Mendoza’s grandfather Clemente $150.00
3) Indigo by Jenny Balfour Paul – hardcover, autographed $85.00
4) Handmade Doll from Rwanda $50.00
5) Gift Certificate from Carino Restaurant $50.00
6) 8 bars ( 4 different scents) Shepherd’s Wife Sheep’s Milk Soap $52.00
7) 3 Skeins of yarn from Highview Farm $54.25
8) 2 Jon Bon Jovi T-shirts size large + guitar pick $65.00
9) 2 Jon Bon Jovi T-shirts size medium + guitar pick $65.00
10) 3 Skeins Stotts Ranch Yarn, 52% Diamond Fiber Kid Mohair/48% Superfine Merino Wool $79.85
11) Alpaca 111 Ladies Poncho 85% Alpaca/15% Wool $202.00
12) Greensleeves Spindle – Vixen with Bloodwood Whorl + 4oz Yak Fiber $53.00
13) Frog Tree Origami Pullover hand knit in Alpaca Melange $100.00
14) Hand Embroidered Tote, Needle Case & Notions Bag from Zardozi $54.40
15) 8 ounces of Leicester Longwool Lamb batt dyed with Indigo $64.00
16) Japanese Tea Set $300.00
17) Woven Basket from Ghana $50.50
18) 4 skeins of yarn from Malabrigo – Rasta, Rios, Twist & Sock – $67.60
19) Project bag, assorted knitting needles, Lantern Moon Silk Bag $65.00
20) Assorted project bags, Treenway’s Silk Chenille, Galler’s Tweedy Pima $64.50
The goal is to raise at least $1000.00
The money will be used for two things:
The first will be for a $500.00 scholarship to be awarded once a year to a weaver from Oaxaca so that he or she can buy materials and take time out from production weaving to experiment or take workshops. One of the question I posed to the weavers when interviewing them was “What do you feel would be beneficial for weavers?” All gave very selfless answers, not thinking of themselves but of what weavers as a community could use. One young man answered “…a scholarship so that weavers can feel more free to experiment.” I was stunned by this – that something I take for granted could be that precious. For many of the weavers it is a frightening thought to take time out from their work schedule, and the idea of wasting precious materials experimenting is even more frightening. Yet, each of the weavers I interviewed wanted to try new materials, learn new techniques and experiment at their looms. I will be awarding the first scholarship to that young man!
Another $500.00 will go to purchase a used floor loom for the husband of Eufrosina, one of the weavers who took my workshop in September. Eufrosina’s husband worked as a taxi driver in Oaxaca city until he retired. He has taught himself to weave patterns on a narrow pedal loom ( a floor loom with treadles). They are trying to save the money to buy a used much wider loom so that he can weave bedspreads and tablecloths. Eufrosina is an amazing weaver, working with very, very fine yarns it can take her 4, 6 or even 12 months to finish a piece. This means the income from her weaving comes in very slowly.
Thank you everyone who supported Stories of Hope and its work in Oaxaca!