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Arts Center Offers Sewing Classes

Virginia Lockhart stands beside a display promoting Sew You Can classes for ages 6-18. For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Virginia Lockhart stands beside a display promoting Sew You Can classes for ages 6-18. For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

The basics of sewing for a new generation return to CNY Arts Center this week. Another training series of Sew You Can classes for ages 6-18 start Nov. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. for ages 6 to 8, and 2:30 to 4 p.m. for ages 9 to 12 at the Arts Center, 357 State St., through the Park Street entrance in Fulton.

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, know all the parts of the machine and learn basic stitches. Each class will create a project and receive a special patch on completion of training. Creative sewing classes with individual sewing projects will be open to those students who have completed training on the sewing machines.

Adults have sewing options too with the introduction of Stash Busters Quilt Club now forming.

The club, under the direction of Sew You Can instructor Virginia Lockhart, will meet first and third Tuesdays at the center.

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. October 29.

Citing the creative, “therapeutic and calming effects of sewing” at NationalSewingMonth.org, the annual observance in September is an effort to sustain the art of sewing in all its many forms with a belief that sewing reduces stress in adults and gives kids a creative edge.

“Since sewing is no longer taught in schools as a basic skill, these classes meet a need for learning and experience many children, and adults, do not have access to,” said Nancy Fox, executive director. “This sewing class series for kids will empower them for a lifetime with the skills they learn and take with them. And the Stash Buster’s Quilt Club is a natural extension for those adults who have passion for the art form. The art of sewing is a satisfying and limitless skill within the reach of everyone from the basic sewing on a button to creating individual and imaginative works of art. Fiber arts are an exciting part of the textile industry with many new textures and fabrics and threads and a long-standing art form. Sewing quickly becomes a passion.”

From sewing to culinary to painting, drawing or writing, CNY Arts Center offers all arts for all ages.

“We look to continue the traditions of time honored art in every medium for new generations with classes that meet the need for every skill level and interest,” Fox added.

For more information and to register for classes, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.