In 1913, when pockets first began appearing in women’s clothing, a Parisian reporter wrote (in response to this travesty), “it’s all over with men’s superiority over women.” Hmm. Perhaps it was a rather slippery slope, from there on out. That’s why we’re not here to say, “This isn’t your granny’s sewing and quilt expo.” After all, it seems that your granny’s sewing expo just may have helped paved the way for such novelties as women’s voting rights and equal pay. You know, the little things. But it is true that less people (women and non) are doing their own sewing these days. But if you’ve ever experienced the satisfaction of creating your own garment by hand (apron-making in Home Economics class, anyone?) you know how triumphant it can feel. Perfect for both newbies and dedicated crafters is the Baltimore Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, happening this weekend at the Convention Center.
If you are even the slightest bit interested in sewing (or fashion, or textiles, or crafts)—the Expo is really not to be missed. The days are packed with classes, crafting workshops, specialty vendors from around the country, drawings for awesome prizes, and stage and fashion shows. There will be hands-on studios for trying out new stuff, and impressive displays of some of the regions finest quilting work. The Expo begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday—a perfect kick-off to Mother’s Day weekend for anyone wanting to pay homage to their grandmothers’ pocket-sewing skills.
The Baltimore Original Sewing and Quilt Expo runs from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 11 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, visit www.sewingexpo.com/baltimoreMD.
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