expo features special
sessions to enrich sewing skills
is keynote speaker
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (April 2010) Shirley Adams
grew up in a family of journalists but has built her entire adult life
around the sewing and textile industry. She has written books and articles,
created sewing patterns and toured extensively throughout the United
States, Canada and Australia, lecturing and giving seminars geared toward
Adams, 77, grew up in northern Indiana but lived most of her life around
Indianapolis. She may be best known for her series of public television
shows (PBS) titled, The Sewing Connection.
After retiring from the series she said, I was covered
over with calls not to quit. So she came out of retirement and
launched a successful pattern line because many people asked her where
she got the pattern for the clothing she made and wore on the show.
She used three master patterns. Everything is made from these,
Adams will be the keynote speaker for Its Sew Fine: For
Home and Family Sewing Expo. It will held Tuesday and Wednesday,
April 13-14, at Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky. Sessions
begin at 10 a.m. on April 13 with Make It-Take It.
Twenty-one sessions will be offered and class options include needle
felting, quick and easy pillowcases, a class teaching participants how
to achieve professional looking binding for a quilt and a class on increasing
color confidence. Adams will speak on Tuesday night and provide a Trunk
Show showcasing 200 garments she has made. She will also teach classes
at the sewing expo.
Adams, who lives in Plainfield, Ind., taught for 15 years at Ball State
University, where she created a four-year degree program in Fashion
Merchandising and Clothing and Textiles. She earned degrees from Indiana
University, Ball State and Butler University.
Participants really love the chance to learn new techniques from
famous sewing specialists, network with other sewing enthusiasts, and
the ambiance of General Butler, plus the food from Chef Eric Clippert,
said Grace Angotti, Carroll County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer
Sciences and chair of the 2010 Sewing Expo.
I look forward to it with excitement, said participant and
Carroll County resident Jaton Martin. Originally from Texas, Martin
took part in similar sewing expos in her home state because she loves
the creative outlet they provide.
A big part of Sew Fine is that it is so well organized,
said Martin. Participants can actually walk away with a finished project.
Participants will learn new sewing techniques and improve their
sewing skills by taking classes ranging from beginning to advanced levels,
Angotti said. Sewing professionals from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio,
Nebraska and Texas will be at the expo teaching.
Angotti is one of several extension agents from northern Kentucky and
the Louisville area who created this expo. We wanted to offer
sewing enthusiasts from this part of the country a chance to gain new
insight and skills in sewing by learning from experts in sewing, and
for the expo to be a chance to get away for a few days to do so.
Registration for Its Sew Fine:
For Home and Family Sewing Expo will end April 7. To register,
contact Grace Angotti at (502) 732-7030 or your local agricultural extension
office or visit: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/owen/fcs/.
Registration is $80 plus cost of class items.
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