As a former assistant prosecuting attorney currently in private practice, Vickie Hylton often hears from child protective services workers who describe children being carried from crime scenes or abusive homes with only the clothes on their back.
“It’s bad enough you’re being taken away from your home without anything you own,” Hylton said. “Sometimes you don’t even get to take your shoes or coat.”
So, since the spring of 2015, Hylton and her mother, Judy Davis, have been working on making child-size quilts for officers with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department to wrap the children in, and hopefully provide some support when they come across them during traumatizing calls.
How long does it take a spider to become really good at webs?
I was chatting with a friend at the weekend. She’s probably a couple of years into her sewing career and we discussed some of the challenges. ‘Part of it,’ I said, ‘is that you just need to get a lot of sewing hours under your belt.’
There’s a popular conceit that it takes 10,000 hours to become really good at something. Is this true? After five years of sewing, I’m nowhere near that! But I do think that better sewing is about more sewing.
I realised it might help to touch on some of the frustrations my friend has felt as she’s patiently taught herself how to sew.
I Sew Clothes That I Don’t Wear
This is really common. You toil for hours to complete an item … and then it languishes in a drawer. Why? There are two main answers: you’re…
Kansas City Couple Makes Little “Angel Gowns” For Newborn Babies Who Have Passed Away
He attends garage sales around Kansas City searching for and purchasing second-hand wedding gowns, fine fabrics and bits of lace. He takes them home to his wife who cuts and refashions the fabrics into tiny gowns. The beautiful tiny dresses are known as “Angel Gowns.”
John Wright and his wife Diane create and donate the gowns to parents who have lost a baby. The infants include preemies who didn’t make it as well as stillborns. One upcycled wedding dress, can be used to make anywhere between 8-15 angel gowns. (View touching video at link below)
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In 2013, NICU Helping Hands started the Angel Gown Program to provide “comfort for bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for final photos and for burial services.”
To create…to make art…is a desire to clothe inspiration.
A great artist is but a conduit for an expression that resonates with something that is greater than him or herself. When we craft beauty, our creation is the utterance of inspiration. When we are creating, we are conduits, mediums, instruments being played to serve as inspiration to the greater good.
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