The Warmies Project will be joining us for the seventh year! The Warmies Project is organized by BE Orlando. They collect handmade items to distribute when it gets cold. BE Orlando distributes the handmade items to homeless shelters, hospices, hospitals, domestic violence shelters and more.
In addition to the handmade items, BE Orlando is also happy to accept any donations of non-perishable foods, which will go to the Coalition for the Homeless. Any leftovers from the Orlando Distaff Day Potluck will also go directly to the Coalition, so if you “happen” to make twice as many cookies as we need for the event, they will still find a great home!
In 2019, Orlando Distaff Day attendees donated 247 handmade items (almost double the number of items donated in 2018) and more than 50 items of donated food. Perhaps we can beat that total in 2020!
Craft up something from the heart to share with those less fortunate. Bring some non-perishable food. Visit The Warmies Project website for pictures of all the items donated by Orlando Distaff Day attendees over the last four years!
A “distaff” is the rod that holds unspun fibers while using a drop spindle. It facilitates the spinning process by keeping the fibers untangled for the spinner. The term can also be used to mean women in general.
The phrase “Distaff Day” comes from an old world tradition of getting back to work after the celebrating the 12 days of Christmas. Women would resume regular household chores on that 13th day. Modern women have adopted this day to celebrate our many crafts and enjoy it together.
Orlando Distaff Day is a day long event celebrating the fiber arts. Spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers, and all other fiber art lovers come together for a day of fun and fellowship. Whatever your favorite fiber art, 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!