Sustaining Community and Humanity
Honey Girl Books and Gifts is the creation of Julia Douthwaite Viglione, a writer and teacher as well as a designer / seamstress. The mission is to sustain and nurture humanity through connections: connections created by literature and textile arts.
While on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in 2012 she created "Write YOUR Story," a semester-long writing workshop for kids in South Bend, and in 2018 it came with her to Seattle! Although it is now on COVID-19 hiatus, we look forward to starting up as soon as possible. WYS aims to inspire kids with the same love of reading and writing which have made our lives so rich and satisfying. The price for all classes, as it always was, is free.
Like Write YOUR Story, HGBG is a deliberately small, sustainable business. We use fabrics from all kinds of sources. There are cottons, pieces of kimono silk, used and vintage fabrics, and remnants from a high-end interior design business owned by a family member. Each work is slightly different. All products are made in West Seattle, WA, USA.
We are pleased to be an active supporter of Impact West Seattle since its inception in winter 2018. Impact West Seattle is dedicated to improving living standards in Seattle for people who are sometimes overlooked; read their story!
A book club on "Classic Novels (and Movies)," begun in March 2020 at Paper Boat Booksellers, is also one of our projects. After a good debate on Emma, I look forward to discussing David Copperfield at a later date.
Beginning in April 2020, and for five months during the coronavirus health emergency, we are helping the homeless in Seattle by supplying a minimum of 10 face masks a week to the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).
Update from August 1: we have made 617 masks, of which 245 were donated to people in need. We've given 152 to the homeless (DESC) and 93 to other folks (seniors, medical professionals, and unemployed people)! Everybody deserves a chance to breathe easier...
For years, Grandma's 1928 White Rotary sewing machine was the sole support for HGBG. Although a lovely new Juki machine has taken its place, you can click here to hear the soothing sounds of Grandma's machine in action.
Grandma with her family in
White Salmon, WA circa 1915
(she’s front row, second from right)