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I've had sewing in my blood since I was born. My mother and grandmother were always sewing. I think sometimes it gets beyond the point of sewing to be practical to sewing because you just can't stop. When I was a child my mother, sister and I would make our school clothes during the summers before we were old enough to work. We would go down to our furnished basement, primarily because the rest of the house wasn't air conditioned, and cut out patterns on our infrequently used ping-pong table. Along with teaching us to make clothes, my mother would teach us to crochet, embroider, needlepoint, hook rugs, and cross-stitch. If we didn't know how to do it, we would learn and teach each other. My sister and I made over 100 garmets during these happy summers.

Now, some 40 years later I'm still sewing. During these years my greatest helper was my husband who would drive us…

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  • Born on October 26
  • Joined June 2, 2012

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crochet, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, cross stitch, quilting, pillows, stuffed animals, aprons, quilts, purses, doilies, antique lace

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I've had sewing in my blood since I was born. My mother and grandmother were always sewing. I think sometimes it gets beyond the point of sewing to be practical to sewing because you just can't stop. When I was a child my mother, sister and I would make our school clothes during the summers before we were old enough to work. We would go down to our furnished basement, primarily because the rest of the house wasn't air conditioned, and cut out patterns on our infrequently used ping-pong table. Along with teaching us to make clothes, my mother would teach us to crochet, embroider, needlepoint, hook rugs, and cross-stitch. If we didn't know how to do it, we would learn and teach each other. My sister and I made over 100 garmets during these happy summers.

Now, some 40 years later I'm still sewing. During these years my greatest helper was my husband who would drive us every day 45 minutes to our common workplace. That gave me an hour an a half of sewing time each weekday guilt-free! One of my favorite accomplishments was handpiecing a queen size double-wedding ring quilt!

After 35 years of working in the same company I'm now retired. I've also wanted an outlet for my handmade items besides giving as presents to friends and family. A friend of mine in a knitting club told me about etsy and how easy it is to use. I want to explore the world of retail and learn more about the world of textiles. I'm also an avid collector of antique lace, so I plan on posting an occasional piece on the site.

My handmade items will incorporate all the skills I've learned since my childhood plus a few more that I've picked up over the years. I want to learn all elements of textiles and bring them out in my handmade items. I hope my mother and grandmother would be pleased.

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