Threading a Forgotten Skill Back into Class

Sewing Teaches Art, Math, Patience

by Erin Albanese

The days of home-economics sewing projects may be far in the past. But in teacher Deborah Trent’s art class, stitching and stuffing some not-so-pretty dolls -- with a little help from Grandma -- provided a classic lesson in needlework for girls and boys. Kettle Lake Elementary School students fashioned dolls, based on UGLYDOLL characters by creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim. They made patterns and followed steps to put them together...