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Ragfinery's Sewing Rodeo

sewing, Craft Show, Community Event, Social Event

Call to Artists: Ragfinery’s Sewing Rodeo LIVE Sewing Challenge Bellingham’s nonprofit textile reuse hub has a new event this Fall to satiate our appetites for showcasing creative reuse: the Sewing Rodeo! In celebration of National Sewing Month in September, Ragfinery will invite six teams of two to enter this friendly 2-day, fun-filled, nail-biting, LIVE sewing and design challenge. Teams will be given their design parameters, and have one evening to envision their project, doing a mad dash to select materials, and one day to sew at Ragfinery! The competition will culminate with an in-store fashion show on Saturday, September 23rd, and prizes will be awarded in three categories: People’s Choice, Best Interpretation of Theme, and Best Performance Under Pressure. The inspiration for the Sewing Rodeo celebrates the ‘get it done’ cowgirl spirit of our local artists and seamstresses. Ragfinery customers never cease to amaze. The creativity! The strength, perseverance and sense of adventure! No matter what fabulous creation these sewing cowgirls (or boys) decide to rustle up, they will surely be inspired by the passion, sassiness, humor and grit of the mythic cowgirl. The challenge will open for artist registration on Friday, August 25th. There is no fee to register, but challengers will be responsible for the purchase of their desired materials from Ragfinery and must bring their own sewing machines for use in the competition. There will be a cap of just six teams, so early registration is encouraged. Individuals interested in participating can sign up in person at Ragfinery (1421 N. Forest Street, Bellingham) and up-to-date details about the event can be found at ragfinery.com. Mark your calendars, grab a buddy, and get ready to amaze and be amazed, as spectator or challenger! Ragfinery is a Bellingham nonprofit organization that diverts unwanted textiles from the waste stream and upcycles them in a training business that provides transitional jobs for low income clients of our partner social service agencies and schools. We collaborate with local artisans and community volunteers to repurpose unwanted garments and textiles into a variety of upcycled goods that showcase the skills and talent of our collective. END

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• Fri 8/25/17 at - 10:00 AM