Through gifts of physical comfort, The Shawl Project shares God’s love with those who are going through difficult times and helps them understand that they are not forgotten. Discovering that several women in the community had the ability to knit, crochet and quilt with amazing skill, The Shawl Project (TSP) began meeting in 2013 to make shawls, blankets, and afghans for sick and shut-in residents. With an emphasis on young people, TSP participants transfer their knowledge of crochet, knitting, and other fiber arts to those who want to learn. Sometimes partnering with other organizations, The Shawl Project has donated many hand-crafted blankets and shawls to the homeless, veterans, and otherwise marginalized people in our local community and city. As COVID-19 began to affect the Homewood community in March of 2020, the members of The Shawl Project shifted to making masks and have distributed over 4000 masks to residents.
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About Our Program Manager
Myrna Patterson recently retired from a 34-year career in auto claims. She started teaching aerobics classes in the late 80’s, and has since become certified in Personal Training, Yoga, and Silver Sneakers. She noted a lack of affordable exercise classes in under-served communities and as a result, founded YogaNuvo, affordable fusion yoga, and Soul Fit Workouts, a faith-based, no-charge, low impact class. Her college major in metal-smithing and minor in fiber informed her founding of the Shawl Project, a non-profit fiber arts ministry in Pittsburgh PA, which donated 4,000 masks during the Covid-19 pandemic.