Kathy Dykstra, SAGA approved teacher, will be leading several skill building workshops over the next few months. The focus will be on mastering heirloom sewing techniques while working on Wee Care *** gowns. This is a unique opportunity that you won't want to miss. Consider taking a couple hours away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy a morning with other sewing enthusiasts. The workshop location is convenient to shopping in the Charlotte area, so you can enjoy lunch at nearby restaurants and spend the afternoon doing a bit of seasonal shopping! Call it a girls day out!
The first workshop will be held in the training classroom at the Keller Williams building (3430 Toringdon Way, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC) from 9am - 12pm on Saturday, Dec. 6th. All participants will be working on a Wee Care gown. This first workshop will cover cutting out, mastering tiny French seams, pleating and bias bands. Participants will complete as much of the gown sewing as time permits. Gowns will then be finished and smocked at home.
These workshops are open to anyone in the community that wishes to learn and/or improve their heirloom sewing techniques (basic sewing knowledge required!). All techniques learned can be used in other heirloom sewing. For SAGA Dogwood chapter members (must have paid local and national membership with current ID#) the workshop is offered at no cost. For SAGA members (current SAGA ID#) that are not members of the Dogwood chapter, the workshop will cost $10. For all other participants, the cost will be $20. Reservations are REQUIRED for this workshop for planning purposes as well as to allow entrance into the (locked) building on Saturday morning. Once you’ve made your reservation, you will receive an email with the list of supplies needed for the workshop.
***What is Wee Care??? Wee Care gowns are a project that the Smocking Arts Guild of America has adopted this as a service project many years ago. All chapters participate in the making of these gowns. Wee care gowns are tiny, smocked gowns that are donated to hospitals for families to use for the unexpected loss of their baby. The burial gowns are made in tiny sizes (1-2 lb., 3-4 lb. & 5-6 lb.) and are a special gown for these precious babies. The guild has stitched and provided these gowns for many years – it is such a worthwhile cause. Below is a beautiful example of one of the gowns.
Future workshops will include techniques such as lace shaping, pintucks, flat lace application, etc. – depending on the interest level. These workshops will offer many options to embellish the gowns while learning/mastering techniques. Having the gown put together, as will be done in the first workshop, will enable participants to further embellish the gowns at these future workshops. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone desiring to improve their heirloom sewing skills from as well as learn new ones while providing sweet gowns for the Wee Care project in our community. Non-SAGA members can choose to donate these gowns themselves, return them to the Dogwood chapter for donation, or keep them for future reference.
Plan to invite your sewing friends or make new ones at this workshop!
To make your reservation for the workshop, please email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Nov. 30, 2014.