“Teaching another generation” is near and dear to Road and the American Sewing Guild who co-sponsored this year’s Teen Sewing Camp. Said teacher Sue Vite, “It is inspiring to teach teenagers and see them get excited and catch the sewing bug…Our generation can’t be afraid to teach the younger generation.” It was apparent that young students truly appreciated learning from experienced sewers.
The goal for the class was to provide an opportunity for young sewers to “relax and create.” Students 10-17 years old were separated into skill level groups for the sold out session. For a $5.00 fee, they were able to choose from five different projects and could work on as many as they could finish during the six hour class. Pre-made kits were all ready to go for the students to make pillow cases, zipper pouches, applique tote bags, nine patch pillows, and elastic waist skirts. Both basic sewing and quilting skills were taught.
One of the students in the class was Carolyn Reese’s granddaughter, Jillianne Reese. While Jillianne has spent her whole life helping her grandmother and mother sew, this was the first time she took a class. Jillianne found the class to be both “fun and hard.” She definitely wants to keep on sewing “to make cute things for kids and things for around the house” as well as floor length dresses for her International Order of the Rainbow for Girls meetings.
Lauren, 13 years old, has been sewing since she was 8 years old. She has her own sewing machine and has made several quilts but prefers to work on the types of projects that were offered during the class. She said it was “fun to create new things.”
Brooke, age 11, started sewing when she was just 5 years old. She sees sewing as “a form of art” and says that “It’s good to know how to sew and be able to fix things. When you make things, it saves you money.”
When did you first learn to sew?