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Sewing workshop, afternoon tea scheduled at historic cabin

Members of the town of Unicoi’s History Committee will hold a sewing workshop and afternoon tea at the historic Bogart-Bowman Cabin on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2-4:30 p.m.
During the day’s event, Tammy Fletcher, member of the History Committee, will demonstrate the art of necessary sewing that children would have learned and women would have practiced in East Tennessee during the 1800s.
“Our goal is to expose children to sewing while learning about their heritage and how things would have been in the 1800s,” Fletcher explained. “We want to have fun and show people different types of sewing and handwork in the hopes that someone will want to take up sewing.”
Fletcher explained that she and fellow members of the History Committee designed the sewing workshop for adult and child teams, with either a parent or a grandparent accompanying the child. During the workshop, those in attendance will sew their very own sewing kit, which can also be converted into an iPod or cell phone case. Fletcher asks that all children in attendance be at least 10 years old.
Members of the History Committee will also dress in costume. While Fletcher invites those in attendance to dress up in period costume, no costumes are required for the day’s events.
“We will be dressed in costume, but it’s not required,” Fletcher said. “I will be wearing a dress in the style that would have been worn between 1795 and 1805. The people who help with the tea will also be in various costume.”
Fletcher added that members of the History Committee will demonstrate how to use an early hand-crank sewing machine, which will be on display at the cabin. Guests are also invited to bring special heirloom pieces from their own families to show to others.
Following the sewing workshop, tea and finger sandwiches, along with other refreshments, will be served.
“I hope people will come out for a quiet afternoon of sewing,” Fletcher said.
There is a $5 fee to attend the event. Spaces are limited, so Fletcher requests that all those planning to attend RSVP by Wed., Aug. 24 by calling Fletcher at 926-8363 or Lesia Willis at 743-7339.