As soon as I entered the upstairs auditorium at the Pickering Public Library I was greeted with the sounds of laughter, then someone shouts “I’m still doing hexagons … I could be doing them for years!” followed by more laughter.
If you enjoy knitting, quilting, embroidery, and creating jewellery then this ‘Sewing Bee’ is for you, and the Pickering Library is the place you should be trying to get to on Thursday afternoons.
Started by a few women from Pickering Village Museum this small bunch is helping to keep the art of handiwork alive. Sewing Bees have been around for generations, explained Susan, one of the co-founders of the group. During pioneer times women in particular were often isolated. Sewing bees meant socializing with other women. In addition to sewing together the women spent time admiring each other’s work.
Like the women before them, these women share tips, tricks and stories about their hand-crafters UFOs, otherwise known as Un-Finished Objects. “I started cross-stitching when I was pregnant. It was something to do on bed rest,” laughs one of the ladies. “I found a vintage 1912 shawl pattern online,” announces another one of the ladies as the group shows and tells about the items they are working on.
“It inspires me to see what other people have done,” says Susan. “Some of these ladies have spent years doing their projects and this is the way for someone else to admire all that effort.”
“The Sewing Bee program is part of a larger effort by The Pickering Public Library to expand our community outreach opportunities to include more drop-in for adults,” says Clair Schillaci, outreach librarian.
Everyone is welcome. There is no formal obligation. The Sewing Bee meets every other Thursday at the Pickering Public Library in the upstairs auditorium from 1 until 3 pm. The next few Sewing Bees are scheduled for May 2, 16, 30, and June 13th 2013.