Cynthia Ursprung taught students to sew during a recent workshop in the library during Study Hall. Photo Megan Weferling
On Nov. 12, 14 and on Dec. 3, 5, students had an opportunity to learn to sew during several instructional sessions that took place in the AHS library during Study Halls.
These monthly meetings are organized by AHS’s library technician, Ms. Zuniga, and sewing teacher Cynthia Unsprung, who is the visiting sewing teacher. Ms. Zuniga said, “So far students have made drawstring bags, zippered pouches, fabric boxes, Christmas stockings, and a patchwork bag.”
On Dec. 5, students were given the option to make pencils pouches or cloth trays to take home. Sewing machines, provided by AHS, were placed all over the library for students to use. Students who participated in the event were given the option to choose different fabrics to use for their pencil pouch and cloth trays. With the assistance of two helpers in the library, all of the students were able to learn the skills needed in sewing very quickly. Many of the students who attended the class were instructed by Ursprung on how to set up and properly use a sewing machine. Instructors taught students simple techniques and stitching patterns, and students were also taught the math behind sewing and the patience needed when sewing. Describing how easy it is to learn to sew, Unsprung said, “It is just another machine to be used. There's always math to be used to make something fun. It is just another tool to master.” Many of the students who went to the events were excited to make the projects and to learn how to use a sewing machine.
All materials are provided, and no sewing experience is required to join the group for meetings. Meetings are held in the library during Study Hall every month for any students interested in learning how to sew. Upcoming events will be announced during the daily bulletin.