Now that I am rooting myself in the textile world - thanks Moda! - I have heard about a wonderful project started by a man on a mission. Iraqi Bundles of Love is an idea that helps out women in Iraq who have little or no access to quilting and sewing materials. Major Art La Flamme has a simple way that we can all give a little back to a country in need.
After writing to the Major, inquiring about his project and where to send some scrap bundles - he immediately wrote back with this information:
I added some more to the site recently, on ideas of stuff to send - like knitting stuff. But really, anything and everything gets put to use here -- this, after Iraq was under sanctions for so long. Bigger is definitely better -- bigger pieces of fabric, bigger spools of yarn (send the whole bolt; don't send the whole sheep). Green, by the way, is a favorite color in this culture. Spread the word. This is a pretty rapid-fire project, running about 6 weeks from start to finish (8 if you count delivery). Which isn't much. I am trying my best, with the website and the emails and all that, but it's a bunch. I can sure use the help with the word of mouth stuff!
The deadline is September 7th, so that Art has plenty of time to distribute material before he leaves. Read here for more information on how to build a bundle and to contact the Major for his APO address. If you love the idea and would like to support it but don't have a stash sitting around, Sew Mama Sew, will make up a bundle for you for a mere $15.00. Meanwhile, I've got all sorts of Rouenneries scraps to pack up and send off to some creative sewers in Iraq!