Faye Richardson's Profile

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Seeing and hearing my mom and grandma at the sewing machine are among my earliest memories. They taught me on an old Singer treadle machine when I was about five years old, and I've loved sewing ever since. (I still use a hand-me-down machine from grandma—but not the treadle! This one's a mid-century beauty around my own age.)

After embarking on an editorial career I didn't have as much time for sewing, and even less after my son came along. But it was through him, in fact, that I picked it up again. The brother of one of his good friends had cerebral palsy, and his mother developed a wonderful "harness" so he could actually be suspended in an upright position. For him and other children like him, just to be able to feel their feet on the ground and to stretch out their bodies, standing tall, was not only a thrill, but also a real health benefit. As time went on, this…

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  • Joined December 29, 2007

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Cotton duck, fleece, nylon webbing, velcro, D rings, appliques, stainless steel swivels, carabiners and rings, and lots of TLC

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About

Seeing and hearing my mom and grandma at the sewing machine are among my earliest memories. They taught me on an old Singer treadle machine when I was about five years old, and I've loved sewing ever since. (I still use a hand-me-down machine from grandma—but not the treadle! This one's a mid-century beauty around my own age.)

After embarking on an editorial career I didn't have as much time for sewing, and even less after my son came along. But it was through him, in fact, that I picked it up again. The brother of one of his good friends had cerebral palsy, and his mother developed a wonderful "harness" so he could actually be suspended in an upright position. For him and other children like him, just to be able to feel their feet on the ground and to stretch out their bodies, standing tall, was not only a thrill, but also a real health benefit. As time went on, this "anti-gravity" technique was incorporated into a number of physical therapy programs for special needs children.

A few years ago her son passed away, however, and she couldn't bear to make the harnesses anymore. Knowing that I like to sew, she asked if I would give it a try. I did, and I love it—not only the sewing, but the opportunity to meet some amazing parents around the world and make something that even in a small way helps them and their equally amazing children.

I live and sew in beautiful upstate New York, although for years I lived in Brooklyn—actually not far from Etsy headquarters. When I'm not busy sewing, editing or being a mom, I'm an avid gardener, puzzler and collector of funky midcentury modern furniture and ephemera (often from Etsy shops).

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