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Agenda, Payment Options and Flyer

We are pleased to announce that the full agenda for the Vintage Sewing Adventure is now available, for both Saturday and Sunday.  All registration types are now available here. You don’t have to pick your courses upon registration, but if you have a course you are particularly excited about, reserve your spot by visiting this page.

Please note, while Paypal is our main transaction vendor, you don’t need a Paypal account to pay online. Paypal will process your credit or debit card online without an account.

If you are interested in attending the Adventure but prefer to pay for registration with a personal check, please write us at twinsnneedlesevents@gmail.com or send a postcard to Twins N Needles, 891-I Rockville Pike, #179, Rockville, MD 20852 with your contact information so we can send you a paper registration form and instructions. If you register on paper after the event is sold out, we will contact you to ask if you want to be on a waiting list or if you prefer a full refund.

If you cannot attend but want to support the event, we would be thrilled for you to share our poster. Send us your photos of the places you’ve put it up: we’d love to see how far it travels!

Unique, Local Sewing Specialities at the Vintage Sewing Adventure

We wanted the Vintage Sewing Adventure to be a unique celebration of sewing that would have something new for everyone. The location in Northeast Oklahoma made the inclusion of Native American perspectives on sewing very important to us, and we were thrilled when Ms. Tonia Hogner-Weavel agreed to join us for the Adventure. Ms. Hogner-Weavel is a Cherokee Nation citizen and has been researching and making Cherokee clothing for the past 30 years.

She will be with us all weekend, and registration for her sessions is included in the overall registration fee. On Saturday afternoon, Ms. Hogner-Weavel will offer a detailed presentation on the history of Cherokee fashion, including a focus on the modern-day Cherokee tear dress. This session will give a thorough overview of this dress style that is still used and worn by Cherokee women and is part of the living heritage of the Nation. This session will be in a presentation format.

On Sunday morning, she will offer a hands-on workshop on Cherokee beadwork. This is a little-known art that flourished in the early 1800’s before the Cherokee removal from the southeastern United States.  The two-needle applique style of beadwork will be taught and a small project will be introduced to class participants. This session is limited to 20 people and has a materials fee of $12 per participant.

Both of her sessions will highlight the creativity and unique designs of the ancient Cherokee.  These sessions are open to anyone interested and do not require any previous experience with Native American crafts.

Why Tulsa?

Tulsa, Oklahoma is a vibrant city, full of unique places to eat and things to see. If you bring along your family and they’re not participating in the Vintage Sewing Event, they will have plenty to do.  Visit http://www.visittulsa.com/ for more ideas on what to do in Tulsa and to download the Tulsa Visitor’s Guide.

The weather in Tulsa in April can be cooler and rainy or warmer and sunny. Check the local forecast before you pack.  The historical average temperature for early April is a high of 69°F and a low of 46°F.

Tulsa is on Central Time.

The below descriptions include text directly from the referenced websites. Inaccuracies or concerns should be reported to the owners of those sites.

Gathering Place

Gathering place is a world class riverfront park designed to welcome all Tulsans to a vibrant and inclusive public space that engages, educates and excites!  It is open from 9AM to 10PM and is located at 2650 S John Williams Way E Tulsa, OK 74114, off of 31st and Riverside Drive. Gathering Place is entirely free to the public.

For more information, visit the website or see: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/arts/design/tulsa-park-gathering-place.html

Aquarium

The Oklahoma Aquarium, in nearby Jenks, is open year-round from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. Please visit their website for current exhibits and admission fees.

Tulsa Zoo

The Tulsa Zoo was built in 1928 and is located at 4099 Chickasaw Drive, Tulsa OK 74115.  It is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Please visit their website for current exhibits and admission fees.

Art Deco Architecture

Throughout the city you’ll find Art Deco churches, schools, gas stations, dry cleaners, and residences designed by such masters as Bruce Goff, Francis Barry Byrne and Frank Lloyd Wright. On the south side of downtown stands one of the most celebrated examples of Tulsa’s Art Deco treasures: Boston Avenue Methodist Church. The Tulsa Historical Society is a great source for locating all of these Art Deco masterpieces, which you can explore on your own or enjoy via a very affordable guided tour.

The Center of the Universe

One unique feature of Tulsa is the Center of the Universe. Located at 20 E. Archer Street, this is one of the few places in the world where you can experience an acoustical vortex.

Cain’s Ballroom

Cain’s Ballroom was built in 1924 at 423 North Main Street.  The highlight of the ballroom is a historic maple, spring loaded dance floor designed in a “log cabin” or concentric square pattern. Cain’s is known throughout the music industry as not only “The Home of Bob Wills,” but also as the “Carnegie Hall of Western Swing.”

Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook has two locations, one downtown and one in the original 1920’s Philbrook mansion. Visitors wishing to conduct posed photography sessions (portrait, prom, group, proposal, etc.) in the Gardens during regular museum hours may do so with the purchase of an Open-Hours Photography Permit.  See the webpage for more information.

Gilcrease Museum of Art

Located at 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West, including an unparalleled collection of Native American art and material.  The museum is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and Christmas Day. For more information, please call 918-596-2700.

Brady Theater

Located at 105 W M.B. Brady St., the Brady Theater was completed in 1914 and remodeled in 1930 into an Art Deco showplace. Please visit their website or call 918.582.7239 for information on tickets and shows.

Greenwood Cultural Center

Dubbed America’s “Black Wall Street” by none other than noted author and educator Booker T. Washington, the 35-block Greenwood District surrounding the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s. A hotbed for jazz and blues, and the site where Count Basie first encountered big-band jazz, the Greenwood District was the richest African-American neighborhood in North America.

Today, the Greenwood Historical District showcases its heritage through pictorial exhibits at the Greenwood Cultural Center (located at 322 N Greenwood Ave) and the Mabel B. Little Heritage House.  Free guided tours can be scheduled by calling the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation (JHFCR), housed in the Greenwood Cultural Center.  JHFCR can be reached at 918.295.5009.

The first Twins N Needles sewing event will be the Vintage Sewing Adventure in Tulsa, Ok on April 6 and 7, 2019. The Vintage Sewing Adventure will focus on the period of sewing innovation that began with the invention of the home sewing machine in the 1800’s and accelerated right into the late 1900’s. We will offer more than 40 hours of workshops and presentations in three tracks over the weekend.

We have gathered a stellar team of sewing experts to share presentations and lead hands-on workshops. While no one participant will be able to attend every session, each participant will  be able to learn and try many techniques.  Sessions will be offered appropriate to all levels of sewing experience, from “fashion consumer who occasionally fixes a button” to “advanced dressmaker.” Special tours of the recently opened Vintage Sewing Machine Museum will be included.

The schedule could still change. Barring circumstances beyond our control, we plan on having the schedule firmly established in December of 2018.

The links below should have all of the information you need to plan your weekend with us.

Registration is open!

Don’t forget the free Saturday night meet-up.

Full session descriptions for Saturday

Full session descriptions for Sunday

If you have preferences on which sessions you wish to attend, please let us know through this form.

Sunday’s Featherweight Doctor Spa Day

More information on our contributors is on our Speakers, Teachers and Locations page.

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