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Ionkwanikonhriiosne Creative Sewing Center Showcases Creativity


Sheree Bonaparte proudly stands with her daughter in front of one of her recent creations. (L to R) Sheree Bonaparte and Ienonkwatsheriiostha.

By: Jaclyn Hall

Kaylee Smoke was happy to show off her first baby quilt, which she plans on keeping.

The Ionkwanikonhriiosne Creative Sewing Center held a showcasing of all the talent that has walked through their doors in the past year. The event was held on Thursday, August 23rd at 4 pm. The showcase consisted of different creative pieces, which were created by the various teachers who have taught classes at the Ionkwanikonhriiosne Creative Sewing Center since the establishment opened its doors. There was an array of quilts, traditional outfits and ribbon skirts displayed throughout the Creative Sewing Center. Owner Sheree Bonaparte stated, "I want to say thanks to the Akwesasne Area Management Board for sponsoring Ienonkwatsheriiostha, Kaylee and the Center for the last year. I just want to show where their money is going. I was able to learn a lot of different quilting techniques by assisting classes. I am also really proud of Ienonkwatsheriiostha and Kaylee, they taught the young men to make their ribbon shirts."

The Ionkwanikonhriiosne Creative Sewing Center also held a drawing for a $100 gift card, which was a nice way to thank all the loyal and new customers for their support throughout the last year. Community members were encouraged to come and see the talent and creativity here in Akwesasne. Upcoming classes are in the works, with a beginner quilting class being organized for the near future. The beginner quilting class will be taught by Debbera Thompson, who was also present at the showcase with her beautiful quilts on hand to show everyone. If you are interested in any of the upcoming classes, you can contact the Ionkwanikonhriiosne Creative Sewing Center at 613-933-1231.


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