I started sewing and creating as a little girl with fabric scraps, needles, threads and a desire to create.
Over the years I've made so many projects - basically if it could be crafted of fabric (or vinyl or leather etc.) I've probably made it. I've made wedding dresses, suits, bridesmaid dresses, curtains, roman blinds, valances, upholstery slipcovers, lamps, headboards for beds and upholstered furniture. I've made dance wear, outfitted a hot dog stand, custom fitted a yacht with special window coverings. I've made custom clothes, purses, bags, placemats, bedding, artistic wall hangings, banners, flags, kids clothes, baby items, cloth diapers, and I've done about a million or two alterations and refashioned tons of clothes.
One of my favourite things to do is to re-purpose existing garments/found fabrics/upholstery into new creations. I’ve have a hat business with my best friend Noggins.ca for about the past 10 years and I make upcycled hats from all of these items. It's important to me to try to reduce my footprint and be an environmentally conscientious sewist.
One of my sewing passions is making "Memory Projects". I have been blessed to work with many people in creating a loving, tangible memorials that they can treasure and/or use to remember their special person.
Another special highlight of my sewing career is when I had the opportunity to work with the amazing company ONE AXE Inc. in Elora, ON. They offer climbing courses, extreme expeditions, stunts and more. Frederick, the owner, had a project where he was commissioned to zipline across the Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia. I was brought onto their team to help sew special heat suits needed for the stunt. That was an amazing project to work on and it was so different and fun. The expedition was successful, the heat suits worked well, looked awesome and one day we hope to make more!! I have some pictures of these heat suits and some of my other sewing projects in the Gallery.