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Hair, Handicraft, and the History of Beauty series offered by Anoka County Library

Date: Oct 5th, 2013

Anoka County Library is exploring the culture of beauty and the skills and techniques used to clothe and adorn ourselves. To kick off the program series join us for Historical Handicraft Workshop: Civil War Sewing Kits at the Johnsville Library, Blaine, on Saturday, October 5th, 2:00 p.m. to create a place to store your sewing notions.

“As someone who sews, it fascinates me to learn more about how the techniques and tools have been passed down through generations,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. “They are truly markers of our evolution and industrialization.”

Civil War Sewing Kits will be presented by the Minnesota Historical Society. Portable sewing kits were an essential accessory during the Civil War that could be rolled up and fit easily into pockets. “Housewives” would securely store thread, pins, needles and notions. During this workshop participants will create modern versions of these popular kits!

“With a few sewing skills and some background knowledge you’ll be ready for the next fashion trend,” said Library Board Vice President Melanie Keister.

Other programs in the Hair, Handicraft and the History of Beauty series include embroidery for kids, sewing for teens, and hairstyling techniques for the holidays, and “Forever Vintage: Why do we wear the past?”, a discussion of trends in vintage clothing.

The programs are free and open to the public, register online.

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