Scenes from a sewing lab

Here are some fun pictures I’ve taken in the sewing lab since it opened on our 4th Floor at the end of September! 

Rainbow threads

A free hand elephant a ten year old created for her first time quilting

The elephant is named Jewel and is her alter ego


Testing heavy duty threads to help a couple build a yurt and start their eco village


Measuring, marking and cutting an apron

Pressing a waistband

A finished apron complete with decorative waist tie


A mixed media gift tag turned dinosaur collage designed and sewn by an 8 year old boy

Finished mixed media gift tags


Closeup of some gorgeous fabric scraps donated to the Library by Temperate – grown, spun, woven, dyed, & sewn entirely in the southeast

Learning to crazy quilt with Temperate fabrics


Random patron stops by to see if she can still sew a tote bag from memory


Really excited after my first successful multicolored embroidery test run!


The brilliant Emily &Michael Felix lead a workshop on reclaiming fibers


Embroidering dog bandanas (made in the sewing lab!) for a football game

A patrons mother sent her a dress from Africa we upcycled into two dresses – one for each of her daughters


A workplan to create a squid for cuddling for a roller derby teammate


I’ve been so impressed with the creativity, resourcefulness, and excitement of our community. In addition to what you see here we’ve also had

  • A woman make a new window for her Jeep
  • A woman create multiple soft glasses cases for holiday presents for her friends
  • Multiple people mending their clothes
  • Several men who came to the library to “finally learn to sew” after growing up they were told they weren’t allowed
  • Two men in to learn the basics of embroidery
  • Two teenage boys who dropped by and learned how to make pocket squares

There are so many more stories, you guys. Since opening the last Saturday in September we’ve had 179 unique checkout of our equipment and that’s without counting the embroidery machine, serger, or irons. (It’s coming! Don’t panic!)

Coming up we’re teaching how to make cord savers, paper party buntings, Temperate (0% waste!) Teddy Bears, upcycled designer clothing infinity scarves, and more. 

Stay tuned!

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