The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis serves as a safe haven for women and children escaping domestic violence. With this in mind, Terry’s inspiration for the Sacred Sewing Room was an enchanted forest. It represents a place the women and children can feel safe and inspired to create magical items with their new sewing skills.
Every makeover starts with new floors and fresh paint on the walls. The Floor Layers Local 1310 in St. Louis installed the floors in the Women’s Safe House. The Painters and Allied Trades International Union repainted the entire room. Once the new floors and walls were done, Anita Roll started the mural. Anita painted the enchanted forest mural in the entire room, including the door, in just a few days. The door is painted like a tree with an entryway to the magical forest. When you enter the room, enchanting trees, pathways and beautiful giant mushrooms surround you.
While Anita was busy painting, Enchanted Makeovers and Baby Lock representatives were featured on various St. Louis news segments to help spread the word about the cause.
The “big reveal” day consisted of building shelves, arranging notions, and setting up sewing machines. Once everything was in its place, residents and shelter employees were invited to see the finished room for the first time. After everyone had a good look, local vocalist Kim Massie blessed the room with a song. Kim had the entire room in tears with her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” and then again with “Amazing Grace”. The reveal brought smiles and hope to many in the room, residents and volunteers alike. Together we stood, proud to support each other in finding our places “over the rainbow”.
Thank you to everyone involved with the St. Louis Women’s Safe House Sacred Sewing Room.