Remembering Betty Flannigan
|Betty loved attending SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) year after year. Photo courtesy of Amy Clarke Moore.|
|Betty will be remembered by her local community and beyond as a talented fiber artist. Photo courtesy of Becky Franklin.|
In August of 2014, our fiber community lost a beloved member. Betty Flannigan of Minnesota was an engaged spinner, brilliant weaver, and kind friend. Betty was not only a part of her local fiber community but loved to travel and participate in other spinning and weaving communities, including my own in central Indiana. I will miss seeing her head home from fiber events, near and far, with her Subaru full of fleece and a smile on her face.
Betty had an amazing collection of fiber, textile books, looms, and spinning wheels, which included over 250 drop spindles. She was a longstanding member and supporter of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota (WGM), which hosted a sale of her collection. Guild president Becky Franklin shares the details:
"The Incredible Weaving and Spinning Sale last week was a fun and successful event, and it was a very nice way to remember our friend Betty Flannigan. Shoppers came from all over the state, as well as Iowa, Vermont, and California, and they started lining up before 10am—three hours before the auditorium doors opened. Most of the spinning wheels and looms sold within the first hour! About $38,000 was collected by the sale's end. It was wonderful that so many members and new friends came to visit WGM and participated in the Incredible Sale. . . .
"Not only was it a successful sale for WGM and the family, it was a wonderful event to remember our friend Betty Flannigan, a longtime member and supporter of WGM. When we looked over the items from her estate—the many books, looms, spindles, it's clear that Betty loved all the fiber arts with a passion and was driven by a curiosity and thirst for knowledge that never waned. . . ."
To read more about the details of the sale and efforts of the guild members who volunteered to organize the event, visit the Weavers Guild of Minnesota website.