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Class aims to pass sewing skills on to younger generation

Jan. 05, 2013 @ 10:55 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Sheila Fulks is a sewing doctor, keeping alive what she described as a dying art and preserving it for future generations.

Fulks, who was one of 12 national finalists in the Fashion for Passion contest at the American Sewing Expo in 2011, spends Saturdays passing on her love of sewing to others. Fulks teaches beginner's sewing instruction and design for children to adults at True Impact Performing Arts in Barboursville.

"I've been sewing since I was about five, and I love teaching it to others. It's a fun thing to do," Fulks said of the program she's been offering for approximately a year.

On Saturday, Fulks was joined by four students, including nine-year-old Sara York of Milton, who was working on the next stage of creating her own shirt. Classes are generally kept to four individuals to allow for more personal attention, said Fulks, who uses the Kids Can Sew and Fashion Design curriculum to guide her students.

"It's fun and you get to do lots of creative things," said York, who also participates in other creative outlets offered by the studio.

Fulks said sewing is an art that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

"It's no longer available in public schools, so I feel like I'm helping to save an art by teaching it," Fulks said. "They'll be able to hem pants or sew on a button themselves and not have to have someone else do it."

Students work on a variety of projects ranging from a sewing bag to a nightshirt, taking approximately a month to complete one project. The class runs every Saturday year-round.

To inquire about classes, contact Fulks by calling 304-733-2310 or 304-633-1238.

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