Quilted Bookmarks at the Berkeley Public Library

Donatella & Nheletie's animal bookmarks

Donatella & Nheletie’s animal bookmarks

Fern and I recently did our third program at the Main Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, thanks to Debbie Carton, Librarian extraordinaire. The first one was Quilting by Committee, then Quilting Condensed, and last week’s program Quilted Bookmarks.

We set up in the Story Room, a perfect space with great light, good size, and a quilt adorning the wall!  We brought four machines, two irons, cutting boards and lots of fabric collected at a variety of spots including the Legacy in Sebastopol and the Depot in Oakland.  We also had two volunteers: Joanne Groce and Selene Jones.  They were so helpful we could not have done it without them.

First completed bookmark and happy maker

First completed bookmark and happy maker

Debbie’s report on the event is so well written that i quote her: “30 patrons took part in this workshop led by the Textile Mavens, Fern Royce and Catherine Durand.  Attendees were all ages, from seniors to 5 year old, and of many different cultures.  Lisa Hesselgesser, who was working at Reference that day, directed a group of developmentally disabled adults to the program.  They were delighted to be included and really got into it.  The Story Room was a buzzing hive of creative activity for the full two hours, and happy patrons left with their completed, practical and artistic creation(s).”

Below are more photos of many of our happy participants.  Each bookmark is so different, demonstrating the individuality of everyone’s creativity.

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From left to right 1st row En-Ping Ohung, Armin, Nicole Nafisa & Nora. 2nd row Khadya & Ella. 3rd row: Sharada, Samah & Catherine


By all measures this was a very successful event. I truly enjoy introducing people of all ages to the joy of sewing.



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