Jobs: Quilters learn new skills

2008-01-10 00:00

Maria Ngubane of Sweetwaters admiring a quilt with quilting teachers Laurel Barrus (centre) from Utah and Jane Sandercock from Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada.

Barrus and Sandercock are part of a contingent of 15 quilting teachers from North America who are sharing their expertise with quilters at the Mzansi Quilting Centre in Merrivale this week.

There will be a grand opening of the centre, which is supported by the Rotary Club of Hilton and Howick, tomorrow from 9 am to 1 pm.

Mzansi has just joined the Midlands Meander and will now be open daily (except Mondays), selling the beautiful work of a group of Sweetwaters women — and two men — who have been trained for the last five years by Elizabeth Baratta.

During the past week, the teachers have been giving them intensive courses in design, piecing, sewing and the use of long-arm quilting machines, three of which they have brought with them as part of a donation to the centre.

All the profits from the sale of the quilts, less 10% used to buy materials, goes to the crafters who have made them.

To reach Mzansi, take the Cedara turn-off from the N3, then turn right on to the D292 and follow the signs to High Fly Kites on the D794. For more information, phone 033 330 3405.

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