Welcome blanket is coming to vt!


The Heritage Winooski Mill Museum is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Welcome Blanket project !
Welcome Blanket is a nation-wide project created Jayna Zweiman, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project. Welcome Blanket was created as a tangible way to engage the community in welcoming our newest Refugee population to America. We love that the project includes community engagement, a local textile exhibit, opportunity for cultural exchange, and support for our newest Americans!

You are Invited to Make a Blanket!

We Need Your Help!

As a symbol of welcome, the public is invited to make blankets that will be displayed and then gifted to our newest neighbors!

Since the project inception, more than 6,500 blankets from around the world have been knitted, sewn, quilted, crocheted, woven, felted and donated. Welcome Blanket exhibitions have been hosted at the Helms Design Center , Culver City, CA; Museum of Design , Atlanta, GA; Smart Museum of Art , Chicago, IL; Fuller Craft Museum , Brockton, MA.

How Does It Work? 1.From Sept- Nov, the public is invited to submit handmade blankets and welcome notes to the Mill Museum that will be gifted to our newest neighbors.

2.To amplify the message, the blankets and welcome notes get displayed at the Mill Museum (Dec. 1, ‘22 - Feb.26, ‘23)

3.We are partnering with AALV , a Burlington VT Refugee Resettlement organization, to distribute the blankets to local Refugees and new Americans in March, 2023.

Make a Welcome Blanket! Everyone is welcome to craft a Welcome Blanket. All mediums are welcome. Check out this pattern, and some wonderful examples on the Welcome Blanket website. Here are the design guidelines:

  1. 40”X40”
  2. Easy to care for and
  3. Hard to give away
    (it should hurt a little bit because you love it so much!)
    Please spread the word to anyone you know who would be interested in making a blanket! Thank you for your support!

# Write a Welcome Note

With your Welcome Blanket, you are invited to include a story important to your family about immigration, migration, or relocation along with some words of welcome for the recipient of your Welcome Blanket gift. Welcome Note Templates can be downloaded and printed from our website.

*Printed Welcome Note templates will be available at the Mill Museum and our Community Partners in early Sept.
Welcome Note Template

When you are finished with your blanket you can hand deliver or mail your blanket to the Mill Museum, or Drop it off by Nov. 23rd at one of our amazing VT Community Partners !

Bristol: Hermit Thrush Fiber Co.
Montpelier: A Quilters Garden
Shelburne: Must Love Yarn
South Hero: Grand Isle Artworks
Waterbury: Yarn

List of Community Partners offering discounts and more!

A Quilter’s Garden, Inc
342 River St, Montpelier, VT
(802) 223-2275
Beginners Welcome!, Space for Gatherings, Discounts!, Drop-off Location!
10% off supplies purchased for making a Welcome Blanket.

Grand Isle Art Works
259 US Rte 2, South Hero VT
(802) 734-7448
Beginners Welcome!, Space for Gatherings, Gatherings and Knit-A-Longs!, Discounts!, Drop-off Location!
10% off any of our VT made yarns (Yellow Dog Farm) when being used for a Welcome blanket.
Space for Gathering in our “back room” in September and October during business hours.
Virtual blanket knit along: details soon!

Green Mountain Yarn & Fiber
[259 Woodstock Ave, Rutland, VT](Google Maps
(802 775-7800
Beginners Welcome!, Gatherings and Knit-A-Longs!, Discounts!
10% off yarn purchases for folks making Welcome Blankets.

Hermit Thrush Fiber Co.
25a Main Street, Bristol, VT
(603) 397-7202
Beginners Welcome!, Space for Gatherings, Discounts!, Drop-off Location!
10% off yarn purchases for folks making Welcome Blankets.

Must Love Yarn
2438 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT
(802) 448-3780
Discounts!, Drop-off Location!
10% off yarn purchases for folks making Welcome Blankets.

Northeast Fiber Arts Center
7531 Williston Rd, Williston, VT
(802) 288-8081
Beginners Welcome!, Discounts!
10% discount on the purchase of 7 balls of Encore, a machine washable and dryable yarn (7 sks is about what it will take to make a 40 x 40 blanket).

80 S Main Street, Suite 3, Waterbury, VT
(802) 241-2244
Discounts!, Drop-off Location!
10% off yarn purchases for folks making Welcome Blankets.

More Info on Welcome Blanket Project at the Mill Museum

The Mill Museum is located in the historic Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT.
Our mission is to weave our industrial and cultural past with what matters to our community today.
For more information, please visit our website: www.themillmuseum.org
Heritage Winooski Mill Museum
20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 301
Winooski, VT 05404

Gallery Hours
Wednesdays and Fridays, 12pm - 4pm

Images Courtesy of Welcome Blanket.
illustration by Abira Ali.

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