Jan Gets Her Stitch On

Jan makes her first rib stitches—one happy camper!
Jan makes her first rib stitches—one happy camper!

I'm a lucky man - my wife Jan is, if not a native aviation fan, indulgent of my aviation passion and has tented in the woods the entire AirVenture week. Her enthusiasm is needlework, and as owners of a rag and tube airplane in need of a recover, she's been eager for rib stitching instruction.

[sc:ad180]Much angst, then, when scouring the forum listings for needle and thread classes when none showed. Plenty for PolyFiber coverings, but plain old rib stitching proved impossible to find in the postings. So, on to hoofing it through the extensive AirVenture Forum and Workshop grounds. And there it was, the Builder’s Educational Center, adjacent to the forums in a yellow and blue hangar. Inside are hands-on opportunities for all the classic building techniques and they run all day, every day of "Oshkosh."

You just have to know where to find them. Sorta makes you wonder what else is going on!

Volunteer Christine Wallin-Sobek is a rib stitch expert. From Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, Christine has been rib stitching for seven years, six of them at Air Venture as an instructor.
Volunteer Christine Wallin-Sobek is a rib stitch expert. From Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, Christine has been rib stitching for seven years, six of them at Air Venture as an instructor.
Wallin-Sobeck gives her feet a rest while giving the sort of insider tips only an experienced instructor can. The learning opportunities at Air Venture are tremendous.
Wallin-Sobeck gives her feet a rest while giving the sort of insider tips only an experienced instructor can. The learning opportunities at AirVenture are tremendous.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is a professional magazine writer and nurtures an ongoing affair with all things internal combustion. His writing is most often found in automotive magazines, but aviation is his first love. Working as a line boy, he learned to fly while in high school, but still hasn't mastered the art of keeping a paper chart in an open cockpit.

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