We are in stitches at the Mountain Folk Center. Teresa Goley. Family and Consumer Sciences agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been working with young and old teaching sewing skills.
With Christina Rogers, it was a joy to take a seven-year-old mind and watch the love for sewing sprout with each project that she undertook. Her older sister Autumn, who began sewing with Cooperative Extension when she was about the same age as Christina, inspired Christina. In fact, Christina showed up for class one day wearing an adorable little tunic with her jeans and cowgirl boots. The tunic was one of the first projects that Autumn completed with Cooperative Extension Sewing program. Christina loved the hand-me-down and was convinced that she, too, could sew the same as her older sister. Christina’s first garment was a cute little spring skirt made of purple taffeta with a lace overlay. Christina’s mother, Brandi Rogers, stated that she was having a difficult time getting Christina out of the skirt long enough to even get it laundered! Christina’s latest project is making colorful pillowcases for children with cancer. She has enlisted the help of all the other young sewers in the Sewing and Sew On 4-H youth program to complete a bundle of pillowcases for children with cancer. Christina plans to present her project to adult women volunteer groups, Extension and Community Association Clubs, in Cherokee County. Then Christina plans to research regional hospitals with pediatric oncology and ask if she can deliver the pillowcases to young cancer victims.
It is not only the young sewers getting experience. Teresa Goley’s mother, Marie Lowe, recently participated in the Sewing and Sew On Adult program while visiting in Murphy. While Mrs. Lowe has years of sewing experience herself, she has not been actively sewing for a number of years. In one of the classes, she completed a pair of summer knit pajamas. You could just see the spark re-ignite as she completed her pajamas in one class session. At 86 years young, Mrs. Lowe decided that “she wasn’t too old after old after all” to jump back into a favorite pastime.