Pottery, Knitting, and Domestic Violence

I haven’t written a lot about pottery lately.  There are so many things going on that make my heart ache. On October 18, 1999 my friend, classmate, and teammate Maggie Wardle was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend on the campus of Kalamazoo College. Even now, typing that sentence makes my eyes well with tears, but I am still a firm believer in finding the good out of a bad situation.

It has been long road. After the pain subsided somewhat, Maggie’s family started the Remembering Maggie Fund. The proceeds are used to help educate young men and women about the dangers and warning signs of relationship violence. Since the fund is under the umbrella of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation we have to raise a certain amount of money annually.  This year we have to reach $25,000 by August 31, 2012 and we are already at $23,200!

This weekend Martha (Maggie’s mom), Rick (Maggie’s step dad), and I will be at selling Maggie’s Hat at Spring Into Wings Arts and Craft Show at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI.  Maggie’s Hat is a knitted hat where each stitch has a meaning.  The hat is a way to commemorate Maggie Wardle and to raise awareness and funds to stop further instances of relationship violence.  If you want knit the hat, the pattern is here.

Martha, Rick, and I make the heart buttons that adorn the side of Maggie’s hat.  Each button is handmade out of porcelain clay and displays a butterfly decal, the symbol of the Remembering Maggie Fund.

New this year are the hat and scarf combo. Now you may be thinking winter is over, but you must not be from Michigan. It will still get chilly in the evenings for months to come and why not show your support against relationship violence and remember Maggie. Below Martha is modeling Maggie’s Hat and Scarf.We also haven’t forgotten about the little ones in your life.  We also offer Maggie’s hat for babies and children too! This cutie is not included.But Heidi, how much are these beautiful handmade creations? Good question! Adult Maggie’s Hat are $35, scarf/hat combos are $50, single scarves are $25, children/baby hats are $25, and headbands (not shown) are $15. If you have anymore questions feel free to contact me.

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