I fell in love with sewing at age seven and the passion has never waned. Taught at my grandmother’s knee, I went on to learn about industrial sewing and design at my first professional position and then tailoring at the next. I was blessed to have not only one teacher but three phenomenal women to mentor me, all who spent a good portion of their lives behind the machine developing their sewing skills. Sure, there were periods of my life that demanded the time I would’ve otherwise spent on sewing, but I knew that someday I’d go on to teach others too. After spending my lifetime learning the craft (and still so much I’ve yet to know) I’ve chosen to devote the little teaching time I have to children. In some ways it’s like some of me lives on through their creations and, more importantly, the dying art of sewing might live on through their hands, their hearts, and their imaginations.
needle, thread, concentration
fabric, scissors, imagination
a bit of time, a new creation
a well-deserved jubilation
This year’s sewing summer camp was as much fun as it was busy. I added three new projects to last years four and they were mastered by all. I purchased and borrowed a couple of extra machines and the class sizes were nearly doubled. At moments it seemed as hectic as bartending on a Saturday night with everyone calling my name to give them attention, but thankfully I wasn’t going it alone as Margaret Maeve and Johnny were there to assist me.
I didn’t get as many pictures of the finished projects as I would’ve liked but I think the ones below express the atmosphere very well– the various fabrics and tools used, the children’s focused concentration, the pride in their accomplishments, as well as the workload we undertook. It’s truly the kind of work that has rewards much greater than a paycheck could ever furnish and I’m already planning the new projects for next year.
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I appreciate the children and parents who support my summer camps and also those of you that take the time to visit and read what I share.
Thanks! Melissa Xx