Sewing Excitement

This past week was one of the most exhausting and exhilarating I’ve had in a long time.  I see how teaching can be addictive, and I have increased respect for the stamina and resilience of our educational professionals.  Teaching middle school girls to sew in five mornings at Millwood School was a wonderful experience.  I’m so glad I had the opportunity.  Maybe after an appropriate recovery period (ten years come to mind) I’ll give it another whack! 

We accomplished an amazing amount – journal covers, needle books, pin cushions, notions bags, pj pants, and tote bags – most finished and all close to completion.  We didn’t make it to the pillow cases.  However, I left those to last since they’re fairly simple. Hopefully they’ll have a chance to make those at home and show off their new skills!

High points of the week? Let me see –

  • Their outrage when the program coordinator taking a group photo of them with their tomato pin cushions said “say catsup!”;
  • A student coming in on Thursday morning with a brand new Singer her parents had bought her the night before, and she had already checked it out and knew how to thread and operate it;
  • As one girl would figure out what to do, she’d help the next one out. 

Millwood Summer School Program – an all around great experience.


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