Needles and thread

Sewing expo features special
sessions to enrich sewing skills

Indiana resident Adams
is keynote speaker

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (April 2010) – Shirley Adams grew up in a family of journalists but has built her entire adult life around the sewing and textile industry. She has written books and articles, created sewing patterns and toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Australia, lecturing and giving seminars geared toward sewing.
Adams, 77, grew up in northern Indiana but lived most of her life around Indianapolis. She may be best known for her series of public television shows (PBS) titled, “The Sewing Connection.”



After retiring from the series she said, “I was covered over with calls not to quit.” So she came out of retirement and launched a successful pattern line because many people asked her where she got the pattern for the clothing she made and wore on the show.
She used three master patterns. “Everything is made from these,” she said.
Adams will be the keynote speaker for “It’s Sew Fine: For Home and Family” Sewing Expo. It will held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13-14, at Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. on April 13 with “Make It-Take It.”
Twenty-one sessions will be offered and class options include needle felting, quick and easy pillowcases, a class teaching participants how to achieve professional looking binding for a quilt and a class on increasing color confidence. Adams will speak on Tuesday night and provide a Trunk Show showcasing 200 garments she has made. She will also teach classes at the sewing expo.
Adams, who lives in Plainfield, Ind., taught for 15 years at Ball State University, where she created a four-year degree program in Fashion Merchandising and Clothing and Textiles. She earned degrees from Indiana University, Ball State and Butler University.
“Participants really love the chance to learn new techniques from famous sewing specialists, network with other sewing enthusiasts, and the ambiance of General Butler, plus the food from Chef Eric Clippert,” said Grace Angotti, Carroll County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences and chair of the 2010 Sewing Expo.
“I look forward to it with excitement,” said participant and Carroll County resident Jaton Martin. Originally from Texas, Martin took part in similar sewing expos in her home state because she “loves the creative outlet they provide.”
A big part of Sew Fine is that it is “so well organized,” said Martin. Participants can actually walk away with a finished project.
“Participants will learn new sewing techniques and improve their sewing skills by taking classes ranging from beginning to advanced levels,” Angotti said. “Sewing professionals from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska and Texas will be at the expo teaching.”
Angotti is one of several extension agents from northern Kentucky and the Louisville area who created this expo. “We wanted to offer sewing enthusiasts from this part of the country a chance to gain new insight and skills in sewing by learning from experts in sewing, and for the expo to be a chance to get away for a few days to do so.”

• Registration for “It’s Sew Fine: For Home and Family” Sewing Expo will end April 7. To register, contact Grace Angotti at (502) 732-7030 or your local agricultural extension office or visit: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/owen/fcs/. Registration is $80 plus cost of class items.

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