I’ve been sewing since I was a little kid. My mom sews occasionally, and I was fascinated that she could MAKE clothing rather than just purchase it at the store. I begged her to teach me. She showed me how to sew, follow patterns, and make my own patterns from existing clothing. I first made clothes for my dolls and Barbies, then cute outfits for my little sister, and later, dresses for my friends and myself for high school dances.
I had never entertained the thought of working in bridal until my own wedding. I made my bridesmaids’ dresses, but didn’t consider sewing my own bridal gown due to all the beadwork. Then later I got an alterations job at a bridal store, and learned that I didn’t have to make things from scratch – I could just alter them.
During college I picked up crochet, and I’ve been at it ever since. I love how portable crochet is (unlike a sewing machine and cutting table), and how I can create things with yarn while watching TV with my husband. I crochet scarves and hats, blankets, slippers, sweaters, toys… You wouldn’t believe the things that can be crocheted.
I love to combine both sewing and crocheting in projects, as well as other crafting techniques. I enjoy coming up with new ideas and patterns. No piece of paper is safe around me when I come up with an idea, be it napkin, envelope, or advertisement. My computer is packed with patterns, pictures of dresses, pictures of blouses, pictures of skirts… and pictures of my cat, of course.
I can’t stick to the plain or ordinary; I seldom make the same pattern twice, and I’ll always choose the more difficult and intricate over the easy or simple. I have TONS of sewing and crochet patterns, but I can never follow them to the letter – there is always a change to be made here or there.
I belive in always doing my best work – if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing pretty darn well.