April meeting – 2019

Logo Contest:

The designs for the Logo contest were shown. It was agreed that the designs that received the most votes will be reworked and circulated for a re-vote. It was agreed that a simple design is best and the logo should contain the words ‘Knitting Guild of the Desert’.   

Community Knitting:

Jan Lee reported that the response to the the Tweedlemuffs delivered to the Alzheimer’s facility in La Quinta was not great, however the ones shared with the administrator of four adult care homes were well received. Jan said to keep making the Twiddlemuffs and she will make sure they find good homes. 

DONATIONS: Other possible recipients of items include

1) the Umbrella Ministry, a nondenominational ministry whose mission is to offer comfort, hope and encouragement to mothers who have suffered the loss of a child (www.umbrellaministries.com)

2) Prayer Shawls distributed by the Senior Center

3) Galilee Center in Mecca (www.galileecenter.org) which is in desperate need of food, clothing and other basic needs as well as appliances and furniture

4) Loma Linda which still wants preemie hats; and 4) Animal Friends of the Valleys (www.animalfriendsofthevalleys.com) that offers animals for adoptions and provides animal services to the cities near Lake Elsinore and Temecula.

Our speaker was Debra Mumm, founder and Executive Director of the Create Center of the Arts, a non-profit aimed at creating community enrichment through multi-disciplinary arts. Debra suggested that the information age is slowing and we are entering an age of inspiration and creation.

After exploring many different art centers throughout the country, Debra founded the Create Center in 2016. In January 2019, it moved into a 2800 square foot facility at 73-733 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert. Its multiple options include jewelry making, painting, 3-D printing, sculpture, lithograph, dying and many types of fiber art. Debra hopes to continue to expand to include other arts such as woodworking, music, dance and visual arts and a children/youth program.

Currently the gallery exhibit features women artists. Next month, it will have a “40 Under 40” display. Other rooms include space for classes and programs, for individuals to lease and a small but well equipped art supply store.

Create Center is 100% volunteer-driven organization funded through memberships (which begin at $50/year), “angel” donors, income from programs, classes and workshops, the store and grants and sponsorships.

Debra shared a video about Olek, a Polish artist based in New York City, who is famous for covering buildings, sculptures and people with crocheted and fiber art. Create Center is currently participating in an Olek project entitled Love Across the USA. Its goal is to bring women, men and children together through community workshops and public art installations. The resulting mural, crocheted by many local people, will hang on the Palm Desert Civic Center at San Pablo and Fred Waring beginning April 3. It honors Minerva Hamilton Hoyt (1866-1945), an American activist who worked to preserve Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley and the Anza-Borrego Desert.

For more information about a tour and/or how to become invlved in the Create Center, call 760-834-8318 or visit http://www.createcenterforthearts.org.

Show and Tell:

The following articles were shown by our members:

A unique way to weave in ends, the Russian Join, was suggested. Check it out at https://

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