A long-time member and past president of the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis, passed away a few months ago after a long illness. During her thirty-some years as a member, she also served on committees, participated in the sale, and was instrumental in organizing a tapestry study group, which met at her apartment building after she no longer ventured far from home. Zella was a versatile weaver whose repertoire included yardage, talaysim (prayer shawls), and tapestries. Her creations, whether garments from her own handwoven fabrics, fiber art for the wall, or tiny doll-house rugs, were beautifully designed as well as meticulously executed and finished.
MEMORIES OF OUR MEMBERS
A member of the St. Louis Weavers’ Guild for almost 50 years, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Just a few days earlier she had visited the Missouri History Museum with fellow Guild members as we viewed Part 2 of our 85th Anniversary exhibit, Woven in Time, and attended our retrospective fashion show. Lucy was an avid and active weaver, and was in the midst of weaving one of her beautiful blankets on the long warp she had recently put on her loom. For many years she had a yarn business, The Weavery, in her home, and during one summer when our sons attended the same hockey program, delivered yarn to me via the two embarrassed teens. Once, Lucy decided to weave blinds and ordered a large number of wooden slats for the purpose, and, at the same time time, her husband,Gene, started a hockey stick business for their sons. Lucy's daughter, Sallie Skinner, remembers all the sticks, slats and yarn that filled the house, but only a few finished blinds.
Sue was a dear friend to many of the St. Louis Weavers Guild members. She had held the office of president (2005-2007) and was involved with the sale and various other events. Sue loved anything to do with fiber art, and was proficient at spinning, weaving, knitting and felting. She lived with her husband Steve in the Webster Grove area. They enjoyed going to art fairs and different music in the park events. Sue also volunteered with the herb society, sharing her knowledge of herbs and plants.
Sue moved to Franklin county where she joined the Franklin County Fiber Guild and the Rural Missouri Spinners. She also joined knitting and spinning groups.Sue was very giving of her art and plant knowledge to others. She hosted and gave freely of her time and talent. We will all deeply miss our dear friend. The world needs more kind and giving friends like Sue.
Submitted by Linda Beckley
Over the years, Lucy participated in various Guild activities on many levels. Ever modest, she never touted her accomplishments. Many members may not know that she was responsible for organizing the evening Guild or that she served as its president for a decade. Just last year she organized a Swedish Weaving Study Group and was looking forward to participating in the Guild’s upcoming Scandinavian Weaving program and rosepath weave-in. I am sad that she did not see the finished article about her Swedish textile that appears elsewhere in this newsletter. Those of us who have been the beneficiaries of Lucy’s mentoring, weaving advice, wit, charm, and sense of humor will recognize the Lucy we knew through the remembrances shared just below by Miriam Epstein-Stiles.
Marilyn Emerson Holtzer
I was one of the many "orphans" who gathered at Lucy Primm’s house. I spent most of my childhood there. In fact my mother, Betty Rae Epstein, refers to herself as my biological mother. Every neighborhood kid was there playing with one of the many toys that Gene Primm brought home daily from Spicer’s. The mothers of the neighborhood knew that there was an adult present and that was Lucy. Let me start with the activity room at 7220 Greenway. It was a large room in the back of the house with lots of natural light from the many windows in the room, and it was over the garage. There were large pine tables like in a Home Ec classroom, there was a sewing machine, fabric, scissors, patterns.... There were large free standing shelves where Sallie and I had our play-dough™ clay "little people" projects, I am pretty sure that Sallie’s present house is as cozy as the little people houses like we built on a daily basis. The activity roomwas where Lucy taught me how to sew, how to use scissors safely, how to measure twice and cut once. Manners were important. Though nothing was off limits at the Primm household, we played dress up wearing Lucy's size 6.5 quadruple A spectator shoes, her wedding dress, her slips were our hair extensions. She used her good china and sterling silver for everyday ware and we used the sterling silver gravy dishes as mud pie molds in the back yard. Lucy never raised her voice but there were rules; stand when an adult enters the room, please and thank you were necessary. If you violated a rule you weren't sent home until dinner time (Everyone was sent at dinner time). We all came back the next day for more fun and adventure at 7220 Greenway where Lucy reigned.
Mopsy Epstein, LLF (Loyal Lucy Fan)