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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 people aged 8-12 in South Bend, and in 2018 it came with her to Seattle!  The "Write YOUR Story" Spring 2023 term is now winding down, and enrollment for Summer

is coming soon! WYS aims to inspire kids with the same love of reading and writing that has 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, as appropriate for the products. Each work is slightly different. All products are made in West Seattle, WA, USA. 

An in-person book club on "Classic Novels (and Movies)" is another way to weave together literature and community.

West Seattle Classic Novels (and Movies) June meeting:

When: Sunday, June 25, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Where: C and P Coffee, on California Ave SW: we gather at an outdoor table in the back.

Title: John Steinbeck's The Winter of Our Discontent (1961; 311 pages)

Who: All are welcome! Free and open to the public.

The "RARE" quilt initiative: I am making two quilts per year, customized for recipients of the Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity (RARE) scholarships, in Seattle, WA. The first two were delivered to Leah and Elsabeth in May-June 2021; the third went to Elroe, 2022's winner; and the fourth and fifth are currently underway for the winners of the 2023 competition, Camila and Yuena!  More news on that to come...

White Rotary Sewing Machine -
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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 hear the soothing sounds of Grandma's machine in action (above).

Grandma with her family in

White Salmon, WA circa 1915

(she’s front row, second from right)    

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