Love these old posters from the WPA. As with anything the government does the WPA had its share of controversies as well as successes. I find the idea of training, educating people to learn sewing and handcrafts to be pretty darn cool. Many participants of the WPA were women. Women of the time still did a lot of their sewing by hand. WPA classes taught women how to sew with machines, pattern drafting, knitting and more. Some women were put to work making bedding, clothing and other items for hospitals. This sewing skill would come in handy during the war years with women going to work in factories making various fiber items for the war effort.