16 students have recaptured ‘lost art’ of sewing

August 5, 2016 by

Kathleen Norman, right, helps Keira Wahlmeier cut fabric during the Thursday evening Sew Creative class.

Kathleen Norman, right, helps Keira Wahlmeier cut fabric during the Thursday evening Sew Creative class.

As of Thursday evening, 16 women have completed the basic Sew Creative class, offered free as part of Neighborhood Initiatives.

Kathleen Norman, director of Neighborhood Initiatives, which is an office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, designed and presented the eight-week course. She also recruited volunteer “assistant teachers” to help with each class, ensuring that ample hands-on help was available for the students.

Two more basic sessions will be offered this fall, as well as two new intermediate classes. A grant from the Dane G. Hansen Fund, through the Community Foundation for Cloud County, will help cover the cost of these classes.

The classroom is in the Cloud County Event Center (formerly Club 81) and is stocked with donated sewing machines. Students learn basic hand sewing before moving on to sewing machines to create pillowcases, simple dresses and craft projects. The also have the opportunity to bring clothes from home to learn how to mend tears, replace buttons or make other common repairs.

Noting that “sewing is something of a lost art,” Norman described it as “such a useful skill, simply in terms of being able to repair and maintain clothes.” But, she added, “Many people have never been taught how to sew, either because their mothers didn’t or it was no longer offered in school.”

The basics class is changing that, while the new intermediate classes will focus on sewing from ready-made patterns and more advanced sewing techniques, Norman said.

For a schedule of upcoming classes or more information, contact her — after Aug. 15 — at knorman@csjkansas.org or 785-243-2113, ext. 1215.

 

 

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