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Thanks, Orlando Distaff Day!

The fiber artist community contributed 136 hand-made warmies yesterday – blankets, scarves, gloves, slippers & socks, shawls, hats, and more.   They also donated more than 70 items of food and wrote postcards to warm hearts – a nice touch to add an extra sprinkle of kindness to their 2018 Warmies drive!

Last night was designated a “cold night” at the Coalition for the Homeless.  There were more people waiting at the gate and on the campus than i’ve seen there in a long time. The lobby was packed with men, women, and children.  After a week of unexpected freezing nights, people were looking for shelter and warmth.  The Coalition was in need of warmies of all kinds – and Orlando Distaff Day helped to answer their call for community support.

Thank you to the fiber artists and the organizers of Orlando Distaff Day – you make a difference!

We’re looking forward to Orlando Distaff Day 2019 on January 5th!

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Distaff Day 2017

January 8, 2017

A very warm thank you to everyone at Orlando Distaff Day – what an amazing day!

The local fiber artist communities come together every year at this networking & friendship event.   Artists work on projects, share ideas and materials, show off completed works, exchange gifts, shop from specialty vendors, and more. Members also bring donations of food and warm hand-made items.

Yesterday’s attendees donated more than 100 warm items – and with the cold front in Orlando last night it was perfect timing: all of the items were delivered directly to the Coalition for the Homeless.

Not only did they contribute beautiful hand-made quilts, blankets, sweaters, scarves, and more to warm up cold folks; they also filled five bags of donated non-perishable goods.

0-sweater A beautiful act of kindness

A friend of the organization passed away last year, leaving several unfinished knitting projects.  Members honored her life and her talent by completing those projects and donating them to us to bring to people in need in our community.

BE. Orlando is grateful that the event organizers have invited our Warmies Project to  Distaff Day for the past four years, and we’re looking forward to 2018!

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WAIT …DISTAFF??

Marianne_Stokes_St_Elizabeth_of_Hungary_Spinning_for_the_PoorA distaff, also called a roc, is a tool used in spinning to keep unspun fibers from tangling.  The term can also be used to demeaningly indicate feminine duties, or something concerning females (“Distaff duties”).  This reference comes from the distaff tool historically symbolizing the domestic life or “women’s work”.  It can also mean the female bloodline of the family.

Saint Distaff’s Day is an unofficial Catholic holiday on January 7th, the day after the epiphany, and many fiber artists around the world celebrate this day by hosting St. Distaff Day gatherings. Traditionally, it was a recognition that women would resume their household duties following the 12 days of Christmas.  The more contemporary celebration is a secular event bringing diverse fiber artists together for community and sharing.

From Hesperides, a collection of poems by Robert Herrick:

Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaffs Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff’ all the right:
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.’

More history of St. Distaff Day: http://www.tellinghistory.co.uk/resources/distaff.htm

 

Looking Forward to Distaff Day

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Note:  Distaff Day 2017 will be on 1/7/2017!  Visit OrlandoDistaffDay.org for info.

Updated 1/10/2016

On January 9th, fiber artists of all kinds gathered for Orlando Distaff Day.   They enjoyed a wonderful day of networking, idea sharing, and friendship – and donated 132 items to the Warmies Project as well as a trunk full of food for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida!

Mark your calendars for this free-to-attend event on January 7, 2017, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Bring a project or just come enjoy the day with other fiber artists.  There are vendors, a “free” table, activities, gift exchange, demonstrations, and more. It is a great place to exchange ideas with other fiber artists and to find discounted, unique supplies.

Bring a snack food to share – there is always a pot-luck buffet of yum to enjoy!

2017 Orlando Distaff Day
January 7, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Whirl and Twirl Dance Hall,
6949 Venture Circle, Orlando, FL

Spinning Beautiful Threads of Kindness!

EstherIn addition to creating a wonderful community event that inspires and connects artists, they also make a difference for those in need.

We are grateful to the generous organizers and attendees of Distaff Day for always thinking of others and seeking ways to make a positive impact.  They invite us every year so that attendees can learn about BE. Orlando’s Warmies Project and donate beautiful, hand-made items to help warm up cold folks.  They also donate their left-over sodas and other items to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and invite their members to bring non-perishable food donations to the event.

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Volunteer with us at the Warmies Table (anyone) to collect and organize donations or to help with food donation delivery to the Coalition (organizer/host level member only).  Or just come to the event to enjoy the day – stop by the Warmies table and say a warm hello!  RSVP on our event calendar or email BEOrlando@live.com for more information.  RSVP needed for BE. volunteers only – this event is free and open to the public.

From the Distaff Day Website:

Distaff Day is held every January in Orlando, Florida.

A day long event celebrating the fiber arts. Knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and all other fiber art lovers come together for a day of fun and fellowship.

Whether you are a knitter, spinner, crocheter, weaver, or any other type of fiber artist this event is for you!

Bring along your project bag and spend the day with like-minded people. You will have plenty of time to socialize and discuss methods, techniques, ask questions, relax, and most importantly, have fun!

Wait – what the heck is Distaff Day??

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary spinning for the poor

A distaff, also called a roc, is a tool used in spinning to keep unspun fibers from tangling.  It is also used as a connotatively demeaning adjective to indicate feminine duties, or something concerning females.  This comes from the distaff tool symbolizing the domestic life or “women’s work”.  It can also mean the female bloodline of the family.

Saint Distaff’s Day is an unofficial Catholic holiday on January 7th, the day after the epiphany, and many fiber artists around the world celebrate this day by hosting St. Distaff Day gatherings. Traditionally, it was a recognition that women would resume their household duties following the 12 days of Christmas.  The more contemporary celebration is a secular event bringing diverse fiber artists together for community and sharing.

From Hesperides, a collection of poems by Robert Herrick:

Partly work and partly play
You must on St. Distaffs Day:
From the plough soon free your team;
Then cane home and fother them:
If the maids a-spinning go,
Burn the flax and fire the tow.
Bring in pails of water then,
Let the maids bewash the men.
Give St. Distaff’ all the right:
Then bid Christmas sport good night,
And next morrow every one
To his own vocation.

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Orlando Distaff Day

The Warmies Project

Photos from 2016 Orlando Distaff Day

Photos from the 2015 Orlando Distaff Day event

More on the history of Distaff Day from Telling History

BE. Orlando Event Calendar

Update – The Warmies Project

It is hard to imagine, but it will soon be getting cold, even here in beautiful central Florida.  We host a special initiative to bring smiles and warmth to people in need in our community – the Warmies Project(tm).

This is not a typical blanket & coat drive. The Warmies Project collects handmade items, each with a hand-written note from the fiber artist to the recipient, that is packaged in ribbon as a gift and donated to children’s hospitals, homeless and domestic violence shelters, youth programs, hospice agencies, and more.  We collect items all year, and make deliveries when it starts to get cold.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaking it personal makes all the difference. A local artist recently submitted two items – a beautiful scarf and hat – and her Warmies note says, “May this keep you warm when the world is cold.”  Thank you, Anjella – what a beautiful gift and note!  Some artists include brief notes, others have written letters of encouragement or included cards.

We look for gift-quality cozy-warmies that include quilts, scarves, hats, blankets, sweaters, lap blankets, gloves, and more.  Recipients include men, women, and children.  Please don’t forget the men! Did you know that one in four of our local homeless men are US veterans?  We don’t accept items for pets in general, but if you would like to make a coat for a greyhound, we will donate it to local greyhound rescue agencies.  Greys are always brrrrrrr-cold.

The Warmies Project will be visiting the Orlando Distaff Day event on January 10th.  Last year, this amazing group of fiber artists welcomed us to their event and donated 98 items in support of the project!!  Thank you so much to Jody and all of the organizers of Orlando Distaff Day for providing such a wonderful event for local artists to network and collaborate and for including the Warmies Project!  Orlando Distaff Day is open to the public – for more information, please visit their website or Facebook event.

If you would like to volunteer with The Warmies Project during delivery season, or if you would consider donating ribbon or gift bags, please contact us at BEOrlando@live.com.  If your organization would like to be on the recipient list for deliveries, please visit our Warmies Page and fill out the request form – we’ll do our best to warm up your cold folks!

Note about Warmies Messages: These items will be donated to the diverse public, so your message should be meaningful to anyone who might receive it. We ask that all notes be respectful of diversity and not include political, religious (or non-religious), or other references that are personal choice. Remember that not everyone in need shares your worldview or faith / non-faith perspective – be inspirational to everyone.  Also, messages cannot be sealed and may be reviewed by agency staff before distribution (especially for children’s programs).

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