Friday, September 29, 2017

National Sewing Presents Shannon Newlin

Shannon Newlin shares her National Sewing Month Story! 

Early memories of sewing begin with my grandfather.  During his free time he enjoyed working on projects....from home additions to sewing clothes.  He made the sweetest floral dresses for me when I was a little girl. Even tiny details like sewing in a tag that said "made with love" were so special.

When I was old enough, I was taught how to sew by hand and then later by machine.  In middle school I took Home Economics and made my first skirt using a pattern.  I chose a beautiful corduroy fabric because it had flowers on it  - of course!  I completed a fully pleated skirt, and it turned out to be the heaviest garment I owned.  Needless to say I learned a lot.

In high school I continued to make many garments for myself...dresses, pants, tops...but I never used patterns again.  I would just stretch out the fabric on the floor and trace myself! Somehow it worked and I was able to express my fashion vision through sewing; if only Project Runway existed back then!

Today my creative energies are devoted to painting and designing patterns for fabric. I love this process.  One aspect that excites me is knowing it doesn't end with the development of the fabric, but continues on to another creative inspired journey of which I’m happy to be a part.

Make sure to sign up for a chance to win fabric from Shannon Newlin along with our Coats Quilt+ thread! You will also be entered for a chance to win our Grand Prize giveaway featuring SEW many goodies including a Janome AMH-100 Machine!

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tpott said...

I grew up in a house with my grandparents downstairs and my parents my sister and myself upstairs. My grandfather made the most beautiful coats for their poodle Suzette. Not just one she had rain, wool, light and heavy winter coats some had fancy buttons. My grandmother made all her own clothes, she was four foot eight inches tall and wore a size 13 1/2 children's shoe. I think it was easier to make the clothes than alter everything. My favorite memories of childhood are of playing with my granma's big box full of buttons, while she sewed. I still love the hum of the sewing machine. My mother also sewed, she made many of the clothes we wore, especially holiday clothes including the matching coats. Thanks for telling your memories and for letting me reminisce. Toni Anne ;->

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Anna brown said...

So very cool.tyty for sharing your quilts with us.

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