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Learning traditional craftwork in Colborne

By Mandy Martin, For Northumberland Today

Joey Hatt is making an apron, free instruction and materials offered Saturday mornings, at a rural handicrafts class offered by the Cramahe Public Library at the Keeler Centre in Colborne. MANDY MARTIN/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER

Joey Hatt is making an apron, free instruction and materials offered Saturday mornings, at a rural handicrafts class offered by the Cramahe Public Library at the Keeler Centre in Colborne. MANDY MARTIN/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER

COLBORNE -- The sewing machines are whirring, the rug hookers are digging in and the knitters are learning how to purl Saturday mornings in Colborne.

Thanks to the Cramahe Public Library receiving a provincial grant, traditional rural handicraft instruction is being offered -- free of charge -- to people of all ages Saturday mornings at the Keeler Centre in Colborne.

"It's nice for older people to be handing down their skills. And they get a real kick out of it," Cramahe Library CEO Mary Norton says.

"The young people are respecting the skills they're being shown and everyone seems to be enjoying it. They're having a lot of fun."

The Salem Valley Quilters have volunteered their time and talents to offer instruction 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 30 to Nov. 4. The classes offer not only free instruction and access to sewing machines, all materials required and light lunch. So, attendees not only learn how to ply a handicraft, they "graduate" with a completed project, be it handbags, aprons, a small rug or knitted item.

"The program will be repeated for six weeks starting in February through March," Ms. Norton says.

The two program sessions are financed by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs.

Also funded is an IT program for seniors: one-on-one computer construction and access to five laptop computers which can be borrowed as you would a library book.