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Sewing Club

The Sewing Club opened its doors last week to a new group of erstwhile enthusiasts in 6th Class: fifteen children have signed up with Mrs. Donald, Mrs. Layton and gap student Olivia Buchanan to learn Bargello needlework:

Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace  Florence, which have a “flame stitch” pattern.

Traditionally, Bargello was stitched in wool on canvas. Embroidery done this way is remarkably durable. It is well suited for use on pillows, upholstery and even carpets, but not for clothing. In most traditional pieces, all stitches are vertical with stitches going over two or more threads.

Traditional designs are very colourful, and use many hues of one colour, which produces intricate shading effects. The patterns are naturally geometric. (Wikipedia).

The group meets on Tuesdays after lunch it is voluntary, and the children give up their lunch play to be in this Club. Although voluntary, the children make a commitment to see the project through, and the results are very pleasing. Each participant will have a beautiful cushion of their own choice to take home. The cost is $20 for the project and is purely to cover the cost of the materials. We hope to have something to show for our efforts by Open Day.   In the meantime, Jaanvi and I are pictured below with one we prepared earlier!

-Judith Donald
Sewing Club teacher