At noon on Friday, November 18th, our four Woodlawn Sewing Trainees had the honor of donating the fruits of their labor to the Occupational Therapists (OTs) of UAB Highands' Acute Care for Elders unit. After twenty consecutive weeks of training sessions (and a total of 80 hours), our trainees completed ten soft-goods therapy tools for OTs to distribute to patients with dementia. The tools will be outfitted with fidget gizmos that replicate activities of daily living (ADLs) and hopefully these tools will help patients strengthen and reinforce necessary functions for independence. One of our trainees said this was the best job she has ever had. Another trainee had never been behind a sewing machine before and was able to keep up with the class as it sped forward. Another trainee learned fractions (a skill she missed out on in school) and our most adept trainee (initially, she called to be the trainer not a trainee) said she learned all sorts of skills from our fearless leader, Heather Hood. Stay tuned for more stories and photos from this fascinating 20-week experiment. Bib & Tucker Sew-Op owes a huge debt of gratitude to The Community Health Innovation Awards, which is supported by The University of Alabama at Birmingham and UAB’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (National Institutes of Health Grant UL1TR001417).
We were so lucky to have Leanna Leithauser Lesley demonstrate needlepoint to the campers today. Leanna takes needlepoint to the next level and hopes to revive the art form with her contemporary take on one-of-a-kind canvases. Bib & Tucker member June Solomon assisted the campers with their technique.
Today, Bib & Tucker member Stephanie George taught our campers about up-cycling and they made scrunchies, draw-string purses and reversible shoulder bags from t-shirts. Stephanie talked about the throw-away culture of the fashion industry and encouraged our campers to search out materials in thrift stores and yard sales in order to create one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. Another day of high-paced machine work!
Today, Bib & Tucker member and quilter extraordinaire Barbara Willingham taught the campers how to make a complicated-looking quilt block called the Reverse Four-Patch. Then she taught the campers how to add sashing to a quilt block to make it larger and how to make a simple pillowcase. Campers then stuffed and sewed the pillow shut. Another busy, busy day!
Today, our special guest was Birmingham legend, Debra Riffe. She taught the campers about relief printing and they created compositions and carved their own linoleum blocks. Our fearless camp leader, Celeste Pfau, brought in her portable press so the campers could print their blocks on paper and t-shirt fabric.
Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is a sewing co-op located at the convergence of Woodlawn, Crestwood North and Avondale.