Women Learn Skill and Craft in Sewing Class

House of Ruth, Jordan

 

Sewing Class

Week 1 was all about learning the basics of sewing, introducing the tools and the machine used, laying down the foundations, learning how to cut the fabric properly, and learning how to align the pieces on the top of each other correctly. In weeks 2 & 3, the teacher taught the participants how to take measures of the waist, shoulders, thighs, and chest, how to sew in a straight line, and how to take in clothes.

 

The teacher noticed that the participants were so eager to learn. One of the participants brought pieces of fabric and used them to sew a school uniform for her daughter.
 

One of the participants, Amal, is a 43-year-old mum with three children. Amal is hoping to help her family by learning this skill; this was the reason she joined this course, but now she is thinking differently. She is looking beyond herself and her needs, and she started to see opportunities in her community, which does not have a tailor in the neighbourhood. Amal is now hoping and dreaming to open a small tailor shop to benefit her local community, as well as generate income to provide for her family. 

 

Amira is 20 years old, lives in Ma'in in a room at her uncle’s house; her parents are divorced. She considers herself an orphan. She feels lonely, and is trying to find a job. That is why she joined this course, to learn a new skill and have a sort of certification to work in a sewing factory to provide for herself. 

 

Sabah is a 42-year-old widow. She and her son live with her mother. Her mum and brothers help her financially as they are able to afford it. She joined this course to be able to provide for herself and her child. She hopes and dreams to open a small workshop place/tailor shop to generate income and take care of herself and her son.

 

Mosaic Workshop

The workshop with our three Jordanian ladies is continuing and progressing according to the trainer's plan. They meet in the House of Ruth once a week, every Wednesday for two hours. 

 

The first part of the mosaic training is theory: teaching the participants the basics and laying a foundation about the art of mosaic. Then, they are taught how to draw different designs and pictures in a way which enables them to shape, cut the stones based on these shapes in the drawing, then fit in the cut pieces accordingly.
 

After that they practise drawing a variety of shapes, designs, and scenes. Later, they start using the stone. They learn how to work with it, and how to hold the stone and the cutter the right way to get the required results in terms of size and shape.
 

Then, after the participants put all the pieces in their places and the drawing is done, they arrive at the last stage, where they need to prepare the following mix: white glue, cement, and sand. They order the wood frame according to the size of the piece they're working on, then they flip the drawing onto the mix in the frame, and by that they have completed the piece. They leave it to dry completely and, with that, it is done.  

 

With this group, Esmat has completed the first part of the workshop and the result of learning drawing and practising was very pleasing. This month, they're going through the application process: practising how to hold the stone and the cutter the right way, how to cut and shape the stone, how to start placing it on the drawing lines, and filling in the details.   

 

The design they are working on is a picture of two ducks. After they complete it, they will work on another design to practise more.

 

English & Computer Classes

The English and computer class has seven students. The classes are once a week, every Saturday for one hour. The course is for two months: eight English classes and eight computer classes. This course started in September. 

The English lessons given in this course are as follows: numbers, location, basic grammar, days of the week, months of the year, the four seasons, tell the class about yourself, verbs, colours, and animals.

 

The computer lessons given in this course are as follows: hardware and software, how to turn on the computer, opening programmes, opening paint, colour box, save as, open files, saving the file, typing letters and texts, and moving between letters and texts.

 

All students are beginners, yet the teacher is noticing an improvement from week to week. 

 

The Clinic

Doctor Emil has seen 29 Jordanian patients during this month, and 4 Syrian refugees. They mostly had diabetes, high blood pressure, skin infections, and breathing and chest problems.  

 

Thank you,

 

Noor

GHNI Admin Assistant, Jordan

 

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