This past weekend the Girl Scouts of Peaks to Piedmont joined Mary Jo’s for a specialized beginner class designed to inspire the love of sewing in younger generations.
During the first class session, the girls learned sewing basics while creating their own pillowcases. The hope is to expose these young girls to a set of skills that has been on the decline for the past two decades, and in doing so foster a hobby or talent they can be proud of. It has been too long since a Girl Scout was able to sew her own badge onto her sash.
These classes, the first of their kind at Mary Jo’s, are part of a new trend that is sweeping across the nation. Aimee Griffin, Mary Jo’s Sewing Director, said the store’s traditionally older clientele, is now being joined by clients in their teens, 20s and 30s. The trend isn’t stopping there.
“We had a full class of young ladies anxious to create their own pillowcase, and a few moms who decided to stay and learn,” said Jessica Trimmer, Mary Jo’s class instructor who worked with the Girl Scouts. “Every girl, and mom, in attendance not only learned how to use their machines, but also completed their first pillowcase.”
Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is one of 112 councils across the nation that offers the Girl Scout program to girls ages 5-17. With service centers and shops in Asheville, Gastonia, Hickory and the Triad area, as well as a satellite shop in Winston-Salem, GSCP2P serves nearly 24,000 girls and adults.
Next month’s installment of classes is on Thursday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 9. Girl Scouts of all ages are encouraged to join. For more information about the Girl Scouts and registering for Mary Jo’s classes visit www.girlscoutsp2p.org.