When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?
I started sewing when I was 7. Mom knew how badly I wanted to learn and enrolled me in a little “class” where learned to sew by hand. When I was 10 mom bought me a kids “teach yourself to sew” course and taught me how to use her old Kennemore. That made it official – I loved to sew. I continued to sew with my mom’s help until around 16, when I realized that with books and the internet I could teach myself to sew practically anything.
Can you remember the first thing you made?
It was a small nine-patch pillow. I stitched the entire thing by hand and treasured it for years! (It’s still around somewhere.)
Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?
Gosh, I haven’t sewn from a pattern in ages. I draw a lot of my refashion inspiration from Anthropologie.
What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?
My “sewing room” also doubles as the guest bedroom and my husband’s office. I take over the dining room table when I’m in the middle of a project, and hide it all away again when company comes over. Organization? Pshaw. My fabric scraps are all lovingly thrown in a huge cardboard box that I must overturn every time I’m looking for the right fabric. But I have high hopes of a shelf and plastic bins/drawers in our next house…
What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?
When I’m not rocking out to my Florence + the Machine Pandora station, I watch whatever show I’m obsessing over at the moment (currently Angel).
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I’m a dabbler, and will try anything at least once. I also enjoy knitting, photography, gardening, and cooking.