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Who is Sewing Geek?

IT professional by day, creative maniac at all other times. If you ask my mother, she will say, “She was always doing something; creating, inventing, organizing.” I have an insatiable curiosity and energy level for creative pursuits.

A child of the 60’s and 70s, I had a black light, played guitar and can still sing all the verses of Blowing in the Wind. I grew up in a wonderful Midwestern suburb with amazing parents and was allowed to stretch my creative and intellectual limits as far as I wanted without bending any of those “rules”. My maternal grandmother, we called her Bangie, was an amateur artist. She lived in a mansion that had a wonderful glassed in sun porch where she kept her canvas and oil paints. She traveled around Europe and did watercolor sketches. She always wanted to take me to Europe to paint but…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 8
  • Joined July 4, 2008

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fabric, fabric paint, buttons, trims, vintage fabrics

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About

Who is Sewing Geek?

IT professional by day, creative maniac at all other times. If you ask my mother, she will say, “She was always doing something; creating, inventing, organizing.” I have an insatiable curiosity and energy level for creative pursuits.

A child of the 60’s and 70s, I had a black light, played guitar and can still sing all the verses of Blowing in the Wind. I grew up in a wonderful Midwestern suburb with amazing parents and was allowed to stretch my creative and intellectual limits as far as I wanted without bending any of those “rules”. My maternal grandmother, we called her Bangie, was an amateur artist. She lived in a mansion that had a wonderful glassed in sun porch where she kept her canvas and oil paints. She traveled around Europe and did watercolor sketches. She always wanted to take me to Europe to paint but we never did that before she died long ago in the 80s. My paternal grandfather was also an artist. Story goes, he went to college to study art but when his mother found out he was painting nude women, he was forced to change majors. He became a gynecologist. But in his free time and especially after he retired, he was an amazing portrait artist using chalk pastels. I was given his box of pastels when he died, what a treasure.

When I was 10 years old, my mother sent my sister and I to a neighbor woman’s home for sewing lessons. Although I did not realize it at the time, this opened up a whole new world for me. I made a white cotton pique tennis dress, I remember it so well. After that, I had sewing in home economics in school but I always sewed my own clothes when I could. In that time, it was really cheaper to make your own clothes so if I wanted a new dress, I would ask my mother to take me to the fabric store.

When I got into high school and was busier, I stopped sewing but my mother made all my formal dresses through college. Amazing. I got my first sewing machine sometime in that timeframe, a Kenmore Ultra-Stitch which I have to this day. All metal portable. Of all the things my parents have given me, this is one gift that I have had the longest. Settling into my first apartment, out came the sewing machine to make fancy curtains and balloon shades (very popular in the 80s!). I began a little quilting during the 80s as well but mostly that was a time I was becoming a serious painter. I graduated from college with a BA in Art History and French and then when I started working in business offices, I satisfied my art cravings by taking college level painting and drawing courses.

Fast forward to the mid 90s when I had migrated to Tucson, Arizona and was living with my aunt and uncle on their desert ranch. I had a little guest house, one room with a bath. This is where I began my first creative business: Little Bitsys hand painted clothing. I had that business for the next 10 years before starting Sewing Geek. My Little Bitsys shop on Etsy (http://www.littlebitsys.etsy.com) is now closed but you can still view my items in the sold items area.

Sewing Geek arrived in 2007 when I decided to concentrate more on sewing and fabric. I love all things sewing related including vintage sewing notions and patterns from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I also LOVE new modern fabrics and shopping for fabrics is a pretty consuming passion for me. I started Sewing Geek with aprons that I designed and sewed. I have branched out into home and fashion accessories and quilts as well. I have also come up with fabric collages for the wall that I love to make but there are just only so many hours in the day.

I hope you have enjoyed my story. I try to keep up with blogging so please visit me there as well. http://octobereight.blogspot.com

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