‘Fun with Fabric’ Children’s Workshop Coming June 28 to Funk Center for Textile Arts

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology will present “Fun with Fabric – A Day at the Beach,” an interactive children’s workshop, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28, in the center’s second-floor mezzanine.

Participants will join presenter and quilt artist Dij Pacarro for the two-hour workshop during which they will work with a variety of fabrics as they create their own dream beach scene. No sewing is required; all materials are provided.

Admission for the workshop is $25. All skill levels welcome. Please RSVP by June 21 to textiles@fit.edu or by calling (321) 674-6129.

This event is presented in conjunction with the center’s current quilt exhibits, Florida in Fabric II, featuring Pacarro’s work, and Oil Stains: A Series by Eleanor McCain, which are on view through Aug. 23.

Among the quilts on display is one that may inspire workshop participants. Made by the 5th-7th grade Literature Co-Op of the North Brevard Home School Association, the quilt features pictorial squares inspired by A Land Remembered, the Florida-based historical novel by former Merritt Island resident Patrick Smith, who died in January.

The quilt is displayed in memory of Home School Association student Delaney Gralike, who lost her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis in March 2013. The students began creating the quilt to help buoy Gralike’s spirit during her extended hospital stays.

Regular hours for the Ruth Funk Center are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The center is next to Evans Library on the Florida Tech campus, 150 W. University Blvd. in Melbourne. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or call (321) 674-8313.


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