My grandmother started teaching me how to sew when I was just five years old. We started with cross-stitching, because she always had hoops and she wanted me to have something to do. Whenever I showed that I was skilled in one task she moved me quickly on to the next until I was sitting at her sewing machine with her patient, guiding hand.
Growing up my house was very chaotic …and loud. We had, at one point, five dogs and six people in a three bedroom house. I was the youngest. Now that I have an autism diagnosis I know why the noise would sometimes overwhelm me and make me cry. Luckily, my grandmother lived three short blocks away.
In the 80's and 90's kids were just sent out into the world and I was able to walk over to my grandmother's house whenever I wanted. It was very quiet at her house. Sometimes she would write letters and show me how to watercolor with classical music playing in the background, but most of the time we would cross-stitch together while we watched television. She loved Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
Because of my grandmother, I started sewing before I started drawing. I was a clothing designer at one point, too. I had a trunk show even. It was at Sugaree's Boutique on the square in Murfreesboro. There is a painting of mine for sale there still. It's a painting of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly titled "Sleeping Holly".
That was back in 2014, I think. I designed a few fabric prints on Spoonflower that I put on shirts and scarves for that trunk show. And I have been designing fabric patterns and prints ever since. It's usually just images of paintings I have done that were edited for this type of thing. I created a page for it on here, but you can go to my Spoonflower shop directly.
I hope you like them and I hope, if you're crafty, you'll make something and share it with me!
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