As an educator at Ann’s Sew-N-Vac, Terri Riddle enjoys helping adults of all ages become good sewers. In several days she’s looking forward to introducing youths to those skills.
The Kids Quilt Camp is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Aug. 11. Lessons are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day at the store, 360 Faison Highway, Clinton. For three hours a day, participants will learn basic sewing and quilting skills by completing a rag quilt. Riddle said the camp is open to youths who are 8 to 13 years old. If someone is a few years older than 13, they are also welcome to join.
Some of the techniques of the basic camp will include using a sewing machine, stitching a straight line, proper seam allowance and making quilt rag snips. During the process, the participants develop a variety of personal skills such as collaborating and communication. Riddle added that a lot of fun and talks about life happens too.
“It’s like any other sewing activity,” Riddle said. “Whether you’re a young person or an older person, anytime you get together to sew or quilt, you always have these conversations.”
Riddle started sewing at the age of 9 an continued to develop the skill throughout her life. She’s been teaching quilt lessons since 2006 through the Lee County 4-H program. After moving to the Sampson County area a few years ago, she began teaching several classes at Ann’s Sew-N-Vac. One of them is an after hours session for children from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings.
In a world where social media and video games capture the attention of youths and younger adults, she expressed how the hands-on activity of sewing is still relevant today.
“We see more younger people coming into the store to purchase machines and of course the machines today have a lot of technology,” Riddle said.
At the store, embroidery and monogramming are popular when it comes to decorating cloths.
The total cost of the camp is $100. A deposit of $50 is required to hold a spot and the remainder of the balance ($50) is due on first day. Riddle requested that campers bring their own sewing machine. But if they’re unable, one will be provided if advanced notice is given. All materials will be provided. For more information about Kids Quilt Camp or to make a reservation, contact Riddle at 910-592-8071.
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