The late Katie Sweeney was a noted textile collector as well as friend and longtime supporter of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, part of the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison. Though Katie had particular interests like Irish lace and textile tools, she collected widely. She was always a delight to talk with and she shared her expertise with fellow fiberistas and HLATC. I remember Katie navigating my garden stepping stones without assistance despite her age when she was here in 2012. And she alterted me to wonderful textile and design sources that I was unfamiliar with.