One Million Pillowcase Challenge event at the Maker Studio in Berlin

BERLIN — Fran Wolf, the Fiber Subject Matter Expert at the WREN Works Maker Studio in Berlin, has set her sights on helping the Davenport School for Girls located in Jefferson by holding a One Million Pillowcase Challenge event at the Maker Studio.

When asked about the event, Wolf stated, “It’s a local charity and that will bring more people together to do the project.” It is the hope of Wolf and WREN that by doing something for the north country it will benefit the community locally even though the event is held nationwide.

The Davenport School is a place for at risk girls ages 11-18 to go to receive their education, to learn life skill, and even to have a safe place to live when needed. The staff of the Davenport School work hard to ensure that the girls in their care learn strong life skills and what it means to be part of a community through various volunteer opportunities. Wolf hopes that by doing this event it will “bring awareness to the [community concerning the] Davenport School for Girls and what type of school they are and what they do.”

The Davenport School currently has twenty girls who live on campus. As a thank you to all they do, Wolf is holding a One Million Pillowcase Challenge Event at the Maker Studio. The One Million Pillowcase Challenge, started by All People Quilt a magazine company, is a nationwide event that encourages people and groups to make pillowcases that can then be donated to the charity of their choosing.

Wolf is taking on that challenge. While she does not expect to reach one million or even one hundred by the end of the the event, she does hope to make a difference for the girls who reside at the Davenport School.

When called for comment, the Program Director of the Davenport School for Girls, Deborah Weeks, expressed her gratitude. As an alternative school, Davenport helps young women to find their place in the community through volunteer work. Weeks stated, “The girls give back to the community. If you have any volunteer opportunities for them, it would be much appreciated. Any learning experiences that can give them self-sustaining skills is highly desired.” She even informed the interviewer that this would be a great opportunity for the girls to come and participate in.

The One Million Pillowcase Challenge: Pillowcases for Charity will be held in the common room on the first floor of the Maker Studio on Saturday, March 18. This free event is open to the public with all materials provided. It does not matter whether you are new to sewing or a veteran seamstress, all are welcome.

For those who are just being introduced to a sewing machine, there will be a demonstration at the beginning of each segment along with available coaches to help with the threading of the machine and basic instructions on how to create a pillowcase. All materials and machines will be provided. However, Wolf is encouraging any who have a favorite sewing machine to bring those along, and fabric donations will be accepted.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as there are three different time slots with limited space available. Time slots include 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.

In addition to the free sewing, making items that go to a cause, WREN will be donating coffee and tea to all participants. Soups will be provided, and the participants are welcome to bring a dessert to share.

For further information, or to register, call (603) 752-0060, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on the web at www.wrenworks.org.

Fran 2Fran Wolf, the Fiber Subject Matter Expert at the WREN Works Maker Studio in Berlin. (COURTESY PHOTO)