Summer sewing fun at Howell's Sew and Vac

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Recently at Howell’s Sew and Vac, 13555 Bowman Road, Auburn, children between the ages of 7 and 14 used their sewing machines, creative skills and the help of teacher Jane Haworth to make colorful quilted items. The Sewing Arts Camp is about learning new ways to stitch things using fabric, to have fun and to nurture a love of textiles and desire to create.

The first day of the weeklong summer camp began with a morning of printing, sun dyeing and painting fabrics on the sidewalk outside of Howell’s. Eight children spent the rest of the week in the Howell’s classroom using the fabrics they made, as well as other fabrics purchased at Howell’s, to work on projects including making a pillow, book bag, phone case and quilted picture.

Quilting, often an art handed down through the generations, is having a revival in a new style called “modern quilting.”

“It is great that young people are getting their sewing machines out again,” Haworth said. “Rather like the comeback of knitting a few years ago, quilting has a younger, modern twist these days with the use of bright colors and trendy patterned fabrics. I love to see these kids learning something new and having the desire to become skilled at sewing.”

MaryLynn Matthews, owner of Howell’s, also shares her extensive background in the sewing industry and more than 30 years of quilting experience by hosting a variety of sewing and quilting classes throughout the year. Haworth teaches a monthly Sewing Arts Club on the first Thursday of the month and also a kids’ sewing class from 4-6 p.m. every other Wednesday starting Aug. 26. In this class children, at all skill levels can get help and advice on their own projects, from learning to use the sewing machine to making a quilt.

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