County, Ky., sewing expo
growing in popularity
known as Decorating Diva
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (February 2011) Known to many
as the Decorating Diva, Pam Damour has a passion for interior design.
Her fascination with sewing began at an early age and has carried her
into a 30-plus year career as an interior designer, sewing professional
and seasoned, often sought after speaker.
I have been sewing since before I could read. Sewing is like air
to me; I need it to live, said Damour, 53.
Damour will be the keynote speaker for the fifth annual
Its Sew Fine: for Home & Family Sewing Expo, scheduled
for April 12-13 at Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky.
A buffet dinner is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12. After dinner,
Damour will give a presentation that will focus on the future
trends in the decorating industry, and how to forecast where the soft
furnishing industry is going.
She has been sewing for so long that she doesnt even remember
learning how to sew. I only remember getting better. I got my
first sewing machine at the age of six.
Damour lives on the shores of Lake Champlain in New York in a log cabin
at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains. Mostly self-taught, she credits
her great Aunt Shirley as a wonderful mentor. Another huge influence
on her was a junior high home economics teacher, Rita Cote-Bedard.
Damour began her designing career at Plattsburgh State and finished
at Hood College. Halfway through a fashion design program, Damour realized
her passion for interior design. Three of the things I love most
are designing, sewing and power tools. Where else can you have a career
that involves all three?
Damour has penned a new book, Creative Ways to Finish Your Quilts.
She likes to label herself as an interior designer by profession
and a quilter by passion! I have sometimes gotten so obsessed with quilting
that I had to start my own 12 step recovery program.
As a full time career educator, Damour has traveled to most of the states
in the United States to teach, including Canada, Australia and Europe.
She is the instructor for many workshops and retreats throughout the
As many as 150 sewing enthusiasts are expected to attend the two-day
sewing expo in Carrollton. A variety of interactive, hands-on classes
will be available for beginners to more seasoned stitchers. Included
are such topics as Envelope Neck Purse, Specialty Quilt Battings, Fourth
of July Pinwheel Wall Hanging, Fat Quarter Fun, Whimsy Butterflies,
Bodacious Feather Star, Othello Jacket and Serger Basics and Beyond.
Sewing is making a comeback as women return to quilting and sewing for
their families and because people are returning to sewing for
relaxation, said Grace Angotti, Carroll County Extension Agent
for Family and Consumer Sciences. A lot of people in this area
have never been exposed to a sewing expo of this scope.
Nationally known teachers will be leading the classes, including instructors
from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Chicago and New York. The
teachers are really knowledgeable, but its not only the teachers,
but the fact that you can get current, cutting-edge information,
said Angotti. We provide a lot of resources for sewers about supplies
and getting information.
Registration will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on April 12, coinciding
with a Make It and Take It workshop. Each participant will
create a patchwork nametag. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m., at which time classes will continue until 4 p.m.
After the buffet dinner and Damours presentation, the first day
will end with participants having a chance to view exhibits, and an
instructor showcase in which expo instructors share ideas, demonstrate
and sell their wares. Previous expo projects will be on display.
Classes will resume on Wednesday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The two-day event will host 26 different sessions. In addition to a
registration fee, participants are responsible for individual class
fees, material costs and lodging. A block of rooms have been reserved
for participants wishing to stay overnight at the park.
Room reservations can be made at General Butler by calling 1-866-462-8853.
Mention Sewing Expo to receive special rates. Reservation
deadline is March 11.
A registration fee of $85 covers hands-on classes, an instructors
showcase, exhibits, lunch for two days and the Tuesday night buffet.
A registration packet and supply list can be found at http://ces.ca.uky.edu/owen.
For more information, call Grace Angotti
at the Carroll County Extension office at (502) 732-7030.
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