SewLab, a new sewing education studio, is preparing to open this fall at 1315 Mount Vernon Ave. in Del Ray.
Pamella Shaw and Misty Turner will be outside the lab and at Del Ray Variety for Saturday’s Art on the Avenue festival to spread word about their new venture, which aims to teach the skills of sewing to children and adults in a fun, friendly way.
“It seems to be such a great interest for kids and teens, and I guess adults as well, to learn,” Shaw said. “Its popularity has skipped a couple generations.”
Shaw, a former schoolteacher, said she had wanted to open a sewing studio for several years. She’s particularly focused on teaching the art to kids, who will have supplies and materials supplied for them at the studio.
“With kids, it gives them such a sense of empowerment,” Shaw said. “It made such a big difference in my life when I learned as a kid. From math and reading to problem-solving connections, it can really help.”
The sewing instruction for adults will be a little different, Shaw said. Participants will have to supply their own materials but will be given use of the lab’s equipment. Shaw said she was considering open studio hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for adults.
As with any new venture, plans remain fluid.
A new awning will be installed later this week at SewLab, which is located in the basement of an apartment complex. The space became available when Cloud 9 Skin Care moved a few blocks north to 1506 Mount Vernon Ave. next to Mancini’s.
Registration and more information is expected to appear on the SewLab website soon.