The end of an era… Helen Canzoneri leaves us

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our oldest and dearest members, Helen Canzoneri. She was 97 years old when she died on Friday. Her three sons and their wives had traveled to be with her and they had brought their instruments to play for her, a last time.

She was brilliant in every endeavor she chose to do. She had been a member of the guild for more than 40 years and has given numerous talks or lessons, participated or led many study groups or organized workshops on fiber and weaving processes.

She also traveled the world to learn about weaving in cultures, weaving exhibitions and many other fiber processes…which she always generously shared with us. She especially loved tapestry, spinning, bobbin lace and intricate knitting patterns. She had an impressive academic background, spoke Japanese and Italian, and had been a Japanese translator in Hawaii during WW2. She was also had an amazing collection of tapestries and fiber art, which was featured in an exhibit at Larksfield Center. We will all miss Helen very much.

Her family is planning a memorial to be held in late December or early January at Larksfield Care Center. We will share more information as it becomes available.

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