We are excited about the Pro-Am Sewing event we are sponsoring this year at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA. The Expo is March 3-6, the Pro-Am event is Sunday, March 6. The concept is that teachers and authors from the sewing industry (aka Sewing Stars) have been paired with a sewing rookie. We have mentored our rookies through a project and the final results will be presented at the event.

Right is mentor Laura Mendosa and a “rookie”. Most of the mentoring for my “rookie” has been via email, since she is in Washington and I’m in North Carolina.

The proceeds from the event will benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, but the children will also benefit in another way. People coming to the event or to the Expo in general are bringing pillowcases they have made for the hospital. Barbara Littrell from Mary Bridge says, “These pillowcases mean the world to the kiddos staying here at Mary Bridge. They brighten their rooms and their spirits.” At left is Leanne, who plans to make 100 pillowcases.

Another plus for the pillowcase project is a free embroidery design created just for the event from Lisa Shaw of Buzz Tools. To further sweeten the deal, we will give everyone who brings pillowcases to donate at the show a spool of thread.

Visit the Expo blog for more about the event and the pillowcase project.

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Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

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