Today marks the end of a three-month hand-sewing program that Bib & Tucker shop manager, Viola Ratcliffe has been running with our Woodlawn Sewing Trainees. Viola taught trainees blanket stitch, running stitch and more. The program utilized materials such as denim and muslin, which the product development team has been using to create a line of products that trainees can produce once they are trained to use sewing machines and other tools of the trade.
The Woodlawn Sewing Training started in 2016, thanks to a Community Health Innovation Award through UAB's One Great Community. At that time, four trainees learned sewing skills through making therapy tools for Physical Therapists to use with patients living with dementia. In 2017, the program was funded for a second year through an Alabama Power ELEVATE grant. Funder became client that year as trainees produced 50 table runners for AL Power's ELEVATE conference.
The program was funded for a third year when EBSCO Industries, Inc. matched AL Power ELEVATE's 2nd year commitment. We've completed the first quarter of year three of the program and look forward to sharing the product development team's efforts and plans at the end of May, 2018. Stay tuned!
Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is a sewing co-op located at the convergence of Woodlawn, Crestwood North and Avondale.