Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Donate to Help Guatemalan Women Learn to Sew and Help their Families

Sewing Classes in Guatemala

Traditionally, only men have been allowed to operate machinery in Guatemala. The job of the women has been to take care of the family and sew for them by hand. With a sewing machine and training, an Indigenous woman can better tend to the needs of her family, as well as have a marketable skill to help with the family income.

Mayan Families brings used sewing machines, training classes, and class materials to the poor communities. We have a skilled full time instructor on staff and a backlog of people waiting to get into new classes. New students are chosen through a lottery system.

Classes are made available based on donations which pay for machines and materials. They hold regular classes at our headquarters and in villages which have electricity. This Program has had wonderful success. Graduates now use machines to sew traditional clothing, purses, blouses, shorts, and other valued items.

A contribution of $65 will enable someone to improve their life by learning to use a sewing machine. It will support them for a three month course. Please go to their Donation page and enter "Sewing Program" in the box marked Other.



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