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Donna shares her secrets on the elusive “travelling sewing kit.”  This applies to the tools that might be used most often at a meeting when the Sew Crazies are sewing. A kit should have:  fabric scissors, thread scissors, assortment of hand sewing needles, basic threads (black, white, tan, red), seam ripper, tape measure, sewing gauge, assortment of needles for your machine, 2-3 bobbins, tweezers, small screwdrivers (flat and phillips) and bandaids.  A few misc. buttons, chalk, a dime and nickle (for buttonhole placement) are also handy.  
Mystery Solved:  Travelling Sewing Kit Revealed
Our Next Meeting Saturday, June 17th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 201 E. Watauga Ave.,  Johnson City, TN
Girl Scouts:  Letís Get Sewing with Sew Crazy
   Girl Scouts!  Are you or your troop looking for a worthwhile community service project that you can do, all the while learning a creative and fun skill?    Sew Crazy is looking for you!    Sew Crazy has helped Girl Scouts turn old t- shirts into tote bags, an upcycling project that resulted in sacks for their cookie sales.  Other beginning sewing projects may also be available for your troop to try, depending on the age of participants and purpose of the project.    Let Sew Crazy help you get started.  Contact Donna Horowitz, director and sewing instructor, for more information.  Phone (423) 434-0424 or e- mail info@sew-crazy.org.
Scraps and Squares
Don’t forget Sew Crazy’s ongoing projects -- the 6x6 squares for Nicaraqua and fabric scraps for the dog beds.
Christmas stocking help
Sew Crazy
Where Sewists of All Ages, Interests and Skill Levels are Welcome!
Girls Inc. can get creatively messy The girls of Girls Inc. in Johnson City can now be creative without worrying about getting too mussed. Sew Crazy delivered 121 aprons in sizes for all the age girls served by Girls Inc.  They will use them for their cooking, gardening, and other arts and crafts projects. This was a two-month project for Sew Crazy, and the sewers exceeded their goal of 100 aprons. Thanks for all the stitching Sew Crazies!
Biltmore Costume Exhibit
Biltmore in Asheville, NC has a new exhibit open until July 4th called “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics.”  It features more than 40 elaborate costumes from films inspired by George Vanderbilt’s favorite literary works. See their website for more.
Hand Quilting for Beginners
This class will concentrate on the art of stitching a quilt by hand, practicing stitching a straight line as well as a curve.  It will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton. Cost is $25 for all supplies.  Register by calling 423-543-5808.
There’s a free Christmas stocking pattern and instructions for sewing on NancysNotions.com.  Click the tab called Ideas & Advice and scroll down until you see the Christmas stocking picture. Check with Donna before sewing it for the Dec. project.
Sew Crazy sewers completed 42 shawls  for the local hospice patients of CARIS.  Above, CARIS volunteer coordinator Hannah Bowers speaks to the group.  At left are two completed shawls.
Sewers complete shawl project for CARIS               Hospice patients were recipients of May donation
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