Canada 150 project becomes a big washing project for Swan
Cambridge Textile artist Sue Sturdy created a Canadian Flag from donated knitted fabrics and textiles. It was vast, hundreds of feet across. Nearly 100 canoes and kayaks delivered the knitting to the park from Linear Park. Grand Woolly River Ride was designed to honour the importance of textiles and the river to the city’s history, while creating a fun event involving as many people as possible.
It was a thing of beaty for all of Cambridge to enjoy. The Flag's materials will then be it will be cut up, washed and repurposed into scarves, blankets and other items for people in need in the community.
Enter Swan Dust Control. Sue called and asked if Swan would pick up and wash all of the materials, which were about 1000 lbs. Always up for a challenge, Swan agreed. Happy to help. Wow, what a challenge it was. Knitted fabrics are much more deleicate than rubber backed entry mats. They all had to be put in "delicates" bags and washed in cold water, on a gentle cycle.
Well, it is done, and the fabrics can now begin a new life, helping those in need.