On Saturday, February 16th we embarked on another Educators’ Workshop adventure, hosted at the Makerspace at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa. This workshop’s goal was to introduce basic sewing skills, as well as the concepts of textile assembly (always trickier than they look!)
With 14 enthusiastic people in attendance (of varying ages and relationships to the invited Makerspace educators, including both accompanying students and children), everyone came away with at least two functional fabric bags and lots of ideas for how to apply their new sewing skills to their future — with a lot of fun learning along the way.
Some of the attendees had never been in front of a sewing machine before while some had been sewing all their lives. From the beginning of the workshop, an easy rhythm formed between the veterans and the beginners, and everyone progressed at a good pace. Sewing is a practiced skill, and it was good to have such breadth of aptitude to demonstrate that, sometimes, you just have to rip the stitch out and do it again, no matter how experienced the seamstress or seamster.