The return of ‘Sew This & That’

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By Special to The Sun


Yes, we are back.

Just two spritely 60-and-up-year-olds full of new ideas, vigor and interesting stuff.

First up, we must tell you about Allison Novak from Willisburg.  Allison won her senior division for Kentucky last October in Cave City for the competion “Make it with Wool.”  Allison constructed a black winter coat in 100-percent wool with princess seams, bound buttonholes, back kick pleat with burgundy colored lining.  This qualified her for the Nationals in January, held in Charleston, S.C., where she competed against 32 other young ladies from all over the nation. 

Allison gained much experience from her endeavors, her mother said that ‘steam’ was coming out from under the bedroom door as she tried to finish on time. Allison worked extremely hard and plans to compete again in the near future.  She won a beautiful piece of Pendleton fabric and many notions.  All of her expenses were included in her trip to Charleston.  Well done Allison.

Our Tip of the Month:

When working with plaid fabric, make sure it’s an even plaid, if possible, and not too big. Otherwise, trying to match every check and stripe will become a nightmare! Call us first if you are exploring this type of sewing.

The adult beginners class meets on the first and third Wednesday nights of the month at 6:30 at the Washington County Extension Office. The beginners are exploring different stitches on their sewing machines with various needles and thread types and sizes.

Our Gadget of the Month:

If you go to a Chinese restaurant soon, bring home those chop sticks, wash them and use them as an extension to your fingers when manipulating tricky fabric under the sewing foot.

The Quilters group meets the third Saturday of every month at 9:30 or 10 p.m. at the extension office.  Another group meets on the first and third Wednesdays at 9 a.m.  Sometimes, the quilters work on their own projects, sometimes they collaborate on charity projects and sometimes an individual member will teach a new technique or project.  Just call 336-0153 to find out how interesting joining this group could be.

Last October, This & That joined up with many ladies from all over Kentucky to renew their certification with  Master Volunteer in Clothing Construction. Classes consisted of designing a pattern using a draping technique on a dress form, learning the fundamentals of bound button holes in tailoring and constructing a miniature child’s blazer from wool. 

Other activities have included constructing costumes for the local theater, Christmas ornaments, quilted jackets, pillows and curtains. Our regular adult sewing class on every second Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon. 

There is no charge. Bring whatever is on your mind. Call 336-0807 or 336-0153 if you have any problems you need solving—we are always here to help.

Lastly,  its good to be back with our little column. See you next month!