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July 15, 2013

Agriplex offers chance to learn traditional skill

CULLMAN — With careful fingers and colorful fabric, 23 girls stitched together pillows, bags and dresses for their dolls during a summer sewing camp at the North Alabama Agriplex this week.

The four-day program taught girls ages 5-12 different stitches and how to cut fabric. Along the way, the campers discovered that making items by hand takes skill and hard work, and Agriplex Coordinator Rachel Dawsey said she hopes the girls will apply their newly learned techniques to make their own clothes and crafts in the future.

“We sent them home with extra fabric and the book we used during the camp ‘Sewing School’ so they can make their own things,” Dawsey said.

Campers proudly showed off the handmade items to parents and grandparents during a reception Friday. University of Alabama prints were the most popular fabric among the girls, while others chose to work with floral and polka dot patterns.

Kerrie Silvers, 8, and sisters Caydence, 8, and Leighana, 7, Sansing said making their own bags and aprons was more fun than work.

“I think it’s great for kids to learn how to sew,” said Jill Bradberry whose daughter Kate, 7, attended the camp. “Kids and adults too think you just get clothes from the store so it’s good that they’ve learned it takes hard work and time to make them.”

For more information about the North Alabama Agriplex’s programs, go online to its Facebook page, call 256-297-1044 or e-mail cullmanag@gmail.com. The center promotes agriculture education and heritage by offering educational programs.

* Tiffeny Owens can be reached 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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