On Oct. 19, the first of a two-part series on free-motion fabric collaging took place at the Paonia Library. It was presented by the 21st Century Sewing Circle and fiber artist Rain Klepper.
The session was designed to introduce participants to the free-motion sewing concept.
"Free-motion sewing is a technique that allows texture, writing, character and color to be added to a quilt or other work of art created on a sewing machine," said regional director Kit Stephenson. "It is a lot of fun."
For library assistant Laura Lee Yates, the opportunity was a chance of a lifetime. "We are so fortunate to have a fiber artist of Rain Klepper's caliber present a free 21st Century Saturday Sewing Circle program at the Paonia Library. Rain has studied art internationally and she generously shared a world of knowledge about free-motion fabric collage with the 10 students. She provided each of us with a beautiful folder of info, batting and backing for our projects, and lots of gorgeous fabric."
The sewing classes are part of the Paonia Library's Neighborhood Factory that was launched in June of this year. "The idea was to create a place where patrons could learn new skills, create works of art or have fun together in a creative setting. It has truly been a huge success," said Stephenson. "People have used it for everything from graphic design to creating handbags. There is really nowhere else that has anything like this in the county. It is a hub of creativity!"
The community has truly embraced the idea, as library patronage has increased since its opening. "At any given time you can see kids and adults working together on different projects. It is a great example of community," says Yates. "It has given the librarians an opportunity to be creative with our programing as well." This year alone the library has offered classes on ePublishing, the Adobe Suite, sewing, video editing and more.
The first session came to an end and the participants were excited to have learned new skills. They gathered their sewing machines, fabric and designs. "Now we all have homework: to stitch our collaged potholders and placemats. Expect some great show-and-tell at the conclusion of the second class in November," Yates said.blog comments powered by Disqus