The team behind Weave Gotcha Covered is launching The Sewing Labs, a new nonprofit educational and training center established to teach, promote and sustain legacy skills in fiber, textile and sewing arts in the Kansas City urban core.
The goal is to help students get the expertise they need to support themselves, whether through working as seamstresses or starting their own businesses.
You can check out The Sewing Labs during the first-ever Gratitude and Grace Quilting Retreat and Fun-Raiser on July 29-31. Over the course of three days, participants will make a quilt top, look at inspirational quilting projects, enjoy five meals and have fun visiting with other quilters.
Quilting experts and beginners alike are welcome. The cost to participate is $250. If you want to help support The Sewing Labs, you can also donate the quilt you make during the retreat, and it will be auctioned to raise money for the program.
Spouses Lonnie Vanderslice and Kelly Wilson, the founders of Weave Gotcha Covered, have been planning The Sewing Labs for a few years. The center will be based inside the company’s building at 27th and Charlotte.
To register or to get more information, contact Linnca Stevens at (816) 286-3097 or visit this website. If you’d like to contribute your time, money or sewing equipment, The Sewing Labs is also accepting donations of all kinds.