by Nathan Warner
Sandra Landrus, owner of Art Reflections Inc. in Zimmerman, held her third annual Share the Warmth event Nov. 5. Participants made over 50 scarves this year for local food shelf Passing the Bread, which is currently running its November food drive. The scarves are handmade, “no sew” scarves, made entirely from fleece.
“Each year, we make as many scarves as we can in a day,” Landrus said, “which we then drop off at Passing the Bread, where people who need assistance can take one to stay warm.” She says that by the end of the drive, no scarves are left on the table.
“This has become a tradition that brightens so many lives,” said Bill Potrament, president of Passing the Bread. “The time and love that goes into this project is extremely evident in the scarves we receive.” Potrament added that Landrus is a valued community partner who is always generous with her time and talent.
Making scarves isn’t all Landrus is up to at Art Reflections. The shop is billed as an art gallery, custom framing shop, and purveyor of unique gifts that also offers classes on needle felting (sculpting various shapes and figures out of fleece with needles) and rug hooking (making colorful designs by pulling strips of fabric through a hard backing), among other activities.
Landrus hopes to continue the scarf-making tradition next year. “My only condition is that participants bring at least one yard of fleece fabric,” she said, adding, “It’s great to see the crazy colors and designs people bring and the beautiful scarves they make for this event.”
For those interested in participating in Share the Warmth next year, visit Art Reflections on Facebook or call 763-856-6688.