BY KIM HUGHES –
The Extension Homemakers Council (EHC) is planning a workshop to teach people how to make an apron from a pillow sham, quilted fabric, or just regular fabric. This event is planned for Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am until noon at the Extension Education Center at 211 DeQueen Street in Mena.
Extension Homemakers started in Arkansas 104 years ago. Since 1912, members have made it their mission to empower individuals and families to improve their lives through continuing education, leadership development and community service.
The organization is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer groups in the state with a membership of 4,400 and over 350 clubs. They are associated with the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.
In Polk County, we currently have four county-wide clubs that meet in various parts of the county including Mena, Wickes and Hatfield. Clubs meet monthly; some in homes, some at a city hall, and one meets at a restaurant.
As a result of our last craft workshop, several people in Wickes were interested in starting a “project club”. Most clubs have members that are interested in a variety of areas, but project clubs focus more on one area, such as scrapbooking, fitness, photography, community service, crafts, etc.
The new club forming in Wickes will meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month at the Wickes Methodist Church from 6:30 – 8:30. A special craft project will be taught at the next meeting on February 18, so come out and join us if you are interested in meeting with other like-minded folks and learning a new craft.
If you are interested in the apron workshop, you will need to bring a pillow sham or 1 yard of pre-quilted or regular fabric and 80” of soft cording for the neck and ties. We will have the other supplies you will need, but if you like, you can bring your own sewing machine, thread, scissors and pins.
For more information about the Apron Workshop, the new crafting club, or EHC in general, please call the Extension Service at 479-394-6018. Pre-registration is appreciated.