Textile home school program

Photo courtesy of Textile Fabric Shop
Photographed is 11-year-old Ava Swaney holding a pillowcase she made in the Homeschool Sewing Program offered at Textile Fabric Shop located 20 E. Main St. in downtown Milan.

By Joyce Ervin

Textile Fabric Shop is teaching Milan how to sew with simple projects and the making of quilts.  But, one such program is dedicated to youngsters age 8-years and up that are homeschooled. 
Co- owner, Donna Bloxam heads up the program.  She said the young sewers are taught all about sewing, fabrics, notions, ironing of seams and how to work their sewing machines.
The sewers will complete a pint-sized quilt top at their first session. Bloxam said the students will also be making other things such as soup bowl holders, drawstring and zippered bags and pillowcases.
Eleven-year-old Ava Swaney is one of the students that has completed several projects.  She did a quilt top and a pillowcase.  She is now proficient using an iron, seam ripper and using a rotary cutter to cut her own quilt squares.
In order to include other school-age children, Bloxam, is planning to hold a three-week class on Sunday afternoons.  Each sewer must supply their own sewing machine.  Bloxam holds an interview of sorts to see what machine the student will be using.
She assigns some homework after going over the sewing machine’s features, such as returning with two bobbins filled.  Before they leave Bloxam’s classes, they are well on their way to being accomplished sewers.
It’s a win-win opportunity.  Bloxam said she is proud of the students, and they in turn, “are proud of their projects.”
For more information on the homeschooling and youth sewing instruction classes, or for adult classes visit the shop’s Facebook page or call 734-508-6794.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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