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Sewing-Related Events March 2019

Exhibitions, festivals, and shows for sewing and crafting enthusiasts

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March 5–20 2019: The Traphagen School, New York, New York

Curated by the Museum at FIT, this exhibition explores the works created by students of one of the first dedicated fashion schools in the United States, the Traphagen School of Fashion. Founded in 1923, the Traphagen School educated designers such as  Luis Estévez, James Galanos, and Anne Klein. The show explores the school’s teachings and philosophies and displays garments by notable alumni. Admission to the Museum at FIT is free.

Carolyn Schnurer, cotton one-shoulder dress, 1952. Photo by Eileen Costa, courtesy of The Museum at FIT.

March 14–16, 2019: Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, Sacramento, California

The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, in CalExpo buildings C and D, features vendors, classes, and make-and-take crafts. There are also daily door prize drawings. Vendor coupons are available on the festival website. Class lists are posted March 4, so check the website to find out about the offerings. Tickets are $10 for three days.

March 14–17, 2019: Sewing for Pleasure, Birmingham, England

Sewing for Pleasure, at NEC, National Exhibition Centre, is a self-proclaimed stitcher’s paradise for people who love to sew, knit, and do patchwork. It features shopping and classes as well as a display of historical costumes from the television show Vanity Fair and a fashion show. Admission to Fashion & Embroidery and The Creative Craft Show are included in the £14 per day price.

March 28–30, 2019: Quilt Festival Chicago, Rosemont, Illinois

Hosted at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Quilt Festival Chicago features a Learning Lounge and Class Studios for educational opportunities, as well as exhibitors of all kinds. The Class Studios are where instructors create art and demonstrate their techniques for a large audience in lieu of a formal class schedule. Admission is $10 for a single day.

Through March 31, 2019: Small Expressions 2018, Layton, New Jersey

This exhibition at Peters Valley School of Craft is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America. The juried show features small-scale pieces of art in any fiber-arts medium. The pieces are required to not be more than 15 inches square, including display or mounting equipment. Entry is free.

“Double Reason to Celebrate,” by Aviva Peres. Photo by Warhaftig-Venezian.


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  1. user-2284512 | | #1

    Great list of events! There are 2 more sewing events worth noting. March 7-9, 2019 Original Sewing and Quilting at the Infinite Energy Center, Atlanta Ga. And, March 14-16, 2019 Original Sewing and Quilting in Lakeland FL.

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    Suzicue | | #2

    I would love to see all events over the next twelve months. Listing it for the current month only doesn’t allow people to plan.

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