Sewing Educators Alliance

2014 Sewing Educators Yearbook
Sewing Knowledge: It's Meant to Be Shared

Professional sewing educators travel throughout the world in order to spread the word on sewing. They have written books, spoken at seminars, and answered sewing-related questions over and over again. They continue to instruct more classes, write more books and articles, and attend more shows so they can help you, as an independent sewing dealer, excite your customers and increase sales through seminars, workshops, and classes.

When you invite a sewing educator to visit your store and present a workshop or class, you are taking advantage of an excellent opportunity to generate publicity, goodwill, and best of all, product sales. You are also establishing yourself within your community as an authority in your field. When students can attend classes at your store and conquer their fears of new or unfamiliar sewing skills, they are able to plan future projects and carry them through to success. This creates a need for products and materials and results in repeat sales for you.

Guest speakers can turn classes at your store into exciting and profitable events. Invite a sewing professional into your store and get ready to inspire your customers and move your products.


Peggy Anderson photoPEGGY ANDERSON
P.O. Box 50503, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 408-564-7758
Peggy Anderson learned the sewing basics from her mother while in junior high school. Since then, her interest in sewing has grown and developed. Her primary focus has been sewing clothes (blouses, suits, pants, skirts and dresses). Recently, Peggy has broadened her horizon by making tote and overnight bags as well as quilts. She has taken classes at the Back Porch, Eddie's Quilting Bee and with Sandra Betzina and Loes Hinse. Sewing has become her passion.

Marcie Baker photoMARCI BAKER
Quilt With Marci Baker
204 N. Link Lane #7, Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970-224-1336 • Fax: 970-224-1362 •
Recognized internationally for her expertise in quilting, Marci enjoys sharing ideas that simplify the process of sewing and quilting. Her products and tools provide easy-to-follow solutions for common sewing and quilting problems. Enthusiasm and inspiration can be seen throughout her lectures, workshops, and books. Marci and her husband, Clint, currently live in Fort Collins, CO, where they enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful mountains. Both of her sons are attending RPI in Troy, NY.

Janith Bergeron photoJANITH BERGERON
The Sewing Tree, llc
7 Moose Run, Barrington, NH 03825
Phone: 603-664-6944 • •
As co-owner of The Sewing Tree, llc, Janith Bergeron offers comprehensive sewing instruction for all ages and stages of sewing expertise. She offers hands-on workshops and event planning for retailers, teaching skills that bring fun into every stitch. Her sales background is a bonus in promoting profitable and focused classes. Designs by Janith, llc, custom sewing since 1990, has shown alterations to be a unique education in reconstructing garments, making classes in recycling and "fix, fit and flatter" a big hit. Adding embroidery, embellishments, and excitement, students are returning to sewing and enjoying new techniques and tools. A Master Certified Sewing Educator-SEA, Janith has been a contributor to Threads Pattern Review since 2003, a Trained Sewing Educator/S&CA since 2002, and 4H educator/leader. Janith will travel nationally.

Marcie Brenner photoMARCIE BRENNER
Sew Beary Special
1025 East 28th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: 718-951-3973
In her more than 30 years of teaching, Marcie Brenner has conveyed her love of sewing and quilting, demonstrating her extensive knowledge with a sense of humor whether she's working with beginners or professionals. She has taught at local and national level sewing and quilting shows and from junior high to university level courses. Since 1993 she has run her own sewing school and quilt shop, with classes covering all phases of sewing, quilting and home dec. Additionally, she is employed in the garment industry as a technical designer and was a technical writer for a pattern company. She has an A.A.S. in applied apparel design and patternmaking, Fashion Institute of Technology, a B.A. in home economics and women's studies, Brooklyn College, with Graduate courses in education. Marcie was honored in 2013 as a Master Certified Sewing Educator with the Sewing Educators Alliance. She will travel internationally.

Cindy Chock photoCINDY CHOCK
Cindy Chock's Sewing Room
300 W. 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-246-9662
Cindy, a theatrical costumer, draper and pattern-maker, offers small hands-on sewing classes in New York City that range from basic beginner to advanced sewing. Having worked in stage, film and TV for over 40 years her experience includes creating one of a kind fashions for the Muppets, dance costumes for the Mark Morris Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, and countless Broadway shows. Her pattern-making designs have been featured in the collections of Simplicity, McCall's and the Butterick Pattern Companies. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, she has taught at The Parson's School of Design, The JCC in Manhattan and various elementary and middle schools. Cindy is willing to travel internationally.

Barbara Crawford photoBARBARA CRAWFORD
Crawford Designs
3109 Nebraska St
Amarillo TX 79106
Phone 816-984-1928 •
Barbara Crawford has been designing and teaching for 20 years and has a popular line of patterns for appliqué. She is known for pushing the envelope in new techniques manipulating fabrics and fibers. Along with having her own line of patterns she is now also a full time designer for McCalls Pattern Company. She is a contributor to Sew News magazine, Quilt Magazine, American Quilters Magazine, SQE Professional and Larks Book: Designer Needle Felting: Contemporary Styles, Easy Techniques book. She is a national and internationally recognized instructor, teaching at shops, expos and private homes. She has been seen on Creative Living and It's Sew Easy TV on PBS and published the first two books written in the U.S. about Needle Felting on Wearables. Crawford Designs appliqué`sweatshirt transformation jacket patterns have been around since 1998 and found in many quilt shops and sewing centers. In 2011, she launched her Sewing Made Simple fashion patterns, creating easy to follow fashion patterns utilizing Wool Felt fabrics. Barbara is an expert in this particular fabric, testing the limits of this fabric since 1991. Barbara and her sister Annie, launched their own zipper line in 2012 that includes custom dyed metal teeth zippers and patterned fashion zippers featuring animal prints and more. You can find Barbara on the road at many Sewing and Quilting Expos and online, or her newly opened Studio at Sunset Galleries in Amarillo, TX, Suite 44 and at

Fashion Patterns by Coni
P.O. Box 370, Hansville, WA 98340
Phone: 360-638-2629 • Fax: 360-638-0296
Connie Amaden-Crawford is a licensed designer for The McCall Pattern Company under the Butterick label, member of the Sewing Hall of Fame, and is President and CEO of Fashion Patterns by Coni. She is a nationally recognized lecturer, fashion specialist, educator, and author of several DVD's, sewing and pattern textbooks, including A Guide to Fashion Sewing, The Art of Fashion Draping, and Patternmaking Made Easy. A former instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California, her professional experience includes positions as a patternmaker, grader, and design consultant. A nationally and internationally recognized fashion lecturer and specialist, Connie is a guest speaker for various colleges and fashion groups. She has been featured in magazines such as Threads, Sew News, and Notions and has been a guest speaker on TV programs for Sewing with Susan Kalje, Creative Living with Cheryl Borden, and the ABC TV series Home. Connie is the Keynote Speaker for the International Textile Show in Las Vegas where she presents the Color, Fabric and Fashion Forecast twice a year. Connie is a member of the American Sewing Guild, Australian Sewing Guild, Association of Design and Apparel Professionals, Sewing Dealers Trade Association, Round Bobbin Association, and a member of the Sewing/Quilting Educators. Connie is a graduate of LATTC College and received her teaching credentials from UCLA.

Pam Damour photoPAM DAMOUR
The Decorating Diva
495 Point Au Fer Road, Champlain, NY 12919
Phone: 518-297-2699 • Fax: 518-297-2698 •
Known as the "Decorating Diva," Pam Damour offers professional drapery workroom training to the trade. Co-author of Pillow Talk, Pam is generous in sharing the knowledge of her 27+ years as an interior designer and sewing professional. As a seasoned career speaker, she's a member of SEA, ASG, and AQS. Pam travels internationally teaching her specialty techniques that have brought her years of continued business as the "Couture of Home Dec Sewing." Producer of 13 how-to DVDs, national spokesperson for The Warm Company and Rowenta, Pam enjoys the hands-on aspect of the window treatment industry. She has developed a 12-part template system to make custom window treatments that are taking the industry by storm! Pam's new projects include a fabric collection, a new book, and her own Web-TV show called At Home with the Decorating Diva. Pam lives on the shore of Lake Champlain in a log cabin, nestled at the foot of the Adiron-dack Mountains, where she teaches sewing retreats and her teacher certification programs. Pam will travel internationally.

Janet Dapson photoJANET DAPSON
8860 North 32nd Street, Richland, MI 49083
Phone: 269-629-0190 • Fax 269-629-0191
Janet Dapson is a Palmer/Pletsch Educational Associate and Certified Sewing Instructor, specializing in garment fitting, construction and tailoring techniques at her fabric store (Fabrications) near Kalamazoo, MI. Fabrications is a satellite location for Palmer/Pletsch Sewing Vacation workshops. Scheduled classes, individual instruction and specialized group programs are available. Group programs may be conducted at Fabrications or at the group's meeting place. Presentations range from one hour lectures to all day hands-on sessions. Janet will travel and teach in the Midwest.

Diane Faulkner photoDIANE FAULKNER
She Sews Fine
6540 Burnham Drive, Merriam, KS 66202
Phone: 404-788-3974 •
Diane Faulkner has been sewing since she was a child. She has owned her own custom sewing and alterations business and has taught classes for 25+ years. Her passion is to teach others to love all aspects of sewing: sergers, garment construction, fitting, wearable art, embroidery, and embroidery software! Diane is a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Instructor, a member of the Sewing Educators Alliance, and the Association of Sewing & Design Professionals. As an independent educator she has taught classes all over the southeast. Her more popular classes include serger classes from the basics to advanced techniques (any brand); Viking/Pfaff, Janome and Brother software classes; the Origami Jacket (adapted from Shirley Adams); Patterns from RTW; Pant Fitting; and Updated Sewing Techniques. Diane knows the impact classes can have in promoting merchandise and adding to the bottom line in an independent dealership. Her goal is to promote sewing to a new generation of potential customers.

515 Venneman Avenue, Glendale, MO 63122
Phone: 314-965-2667
A sewing and quilting instructor for over 20 years, Lisa Grossenheider specializes in paper piecing and free motion machine quilting techniques. Humorous and encouraging, her lectures and workshops focus on assembly tips and time saving methods, but most of all, having fun while creating. Lisa will travel nationally to teach.

Sue Hausmann photoSUE HAUSMANN
S and H Presents
P.O. Box 39, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone: 440-725-7626
Sue Hausmann has virtually unlimited enthusiasm to share the lifeskill of sewing and quilting and for more than 40 years her profession focused on sewing education. Now "retired", Sue attributes much of her success to the encouragement and support of her husband Herb, and is thrilled he joins her in their mission, "sharing the joy of sewing and quilting", at events around the world. Sue has produced and hosted more than 900 "how to" sewing and quilting TV shows and has written 33 sewing and quilting books. She received the 2002 American Sewing Guild "Sewing Hall of Fame Award", and the 2007 "Master CSE award from the Sewing Educators Alliance", and was inducted into the Sewing Machine Hall of Fame in 2012. Sue will travel internationally.

Barbara Hershey-Handler photoBARBARA HERSHEY HANDLER
The Quilt Handler
1800 Kinglet Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919-8917
Phone: 865-212-0079 • Fax: 865-584-1408 or
It all started in a class with Jodi Barrows, originator of the Square in a Square technique! Barbara Hershey Handler became one of the first certified instructors for this awesome method. Recently, she has added Creative Curves and Jenny Haskins' techniques to her certification list. She is an experienced teacher who likes to combine technique and humor in the classroom. Barbara has taught at major shows in both quilting and embroidery and loves to combine the two. Barbara will travel nationally, internationally and in the southeast region.

Joan Hinds photoJOAN HINDS
Fancywork and Fashion
P.O. Box 3554, Duluth, MN 55803
Phone: 218-728-7966 • Fax 218-728-7966
As the author of over 15 sewing books and many patterns for the popular 18-inch doll, Joan Hinds specializes in conducting classes and seminars that teach sewing for dolls. These classes and seminars appeal to both beginning and experienced sewists. Joan's latest book Doll Fashion Studio, features 20 seasonal outfits for dolls plus eight accessory projects for young doll owners. Joan has appeared on Sewing With Nancy twice in the last two years and co-authored the 30-Minute Doll Clothes book with Nancy Zieman. A trunk show for this book is also available. This fall two DVDs with Joan's sewing secrets for dolls will be released by the Martha Pullen Company. Look for Joan's new book, Doll Costumes for All Occasions in the spring of 2014.

My Embroidery Mentor
7701 CR 346
Terrell, TX 75161
Phone: 214-682-5758

Angela Kight photoANGELA KIGHT
Petersen-Kight Studios
10774 Oakton Way, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: 916-635-6809 • Fax: 916-851-9449
In 1998 Angela Kight's sewing career began when she was inspired by a friend who had a wild idea and no fear. She pursued her education at ARC which became a career of Theatrical Sewing and Design. She began designing and creating clothing, hats, wigs and accessories as well as teaching. At present she is at UC Davis and Freelance. In her free time she continues her education in couture costuming. Soon she will have a Sewing Salon where she can teach and provide a needed service.

Tereva King-Adams photoTEREVA KING-ADAMS
Adams Fashion Design Studio
Fashion Design Sewing Center
6114 Chesworth Road, Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: 410-916-0053 • Fax: 419-788-1979
Tereva K. Adams, owner of Adams Fashion Design Studio and founder and instructor of Woodlawn--Edmondson–Westview Recreation and Parks Council (EDRECO) Fashion Design/Sewing Center, enjoys teaching her students in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Tereva teaches her students clothing construction, draping and pattern making. She also arranges trips for her students that are fashion and sewing related. Each year, Tereva has the opportunity to teach different age groups of students with different goals which all relate back to fashion and designing. Their "Sew and Tell" evening events allow Tereva's students to enjoy showing their outfits to their families, friends and co-workers. On behalf of the citizens of Baltimore City and County, the State of Maryland, Tereva was honored and presented with two awards in recognition of her service as founder and educator of Woodlawn—Edmondson—Westview Recreation and Parks Council Fashion Design/Sewing Center. Tereva, who has more than 30 years in the fashion and sewing industry, has also judged clothing in various competitions. She enjoys presenting inspirational workshops and presentations.

Pamela Leggett photoPAMELA LEGGETT
Pamela's Patterns
1502 Carlisle Avenue
Prospect Park, PA 19076
Phone: 610-534-4182
Specializing in pattern fitting and garment skills, Pamela Leggett has developed a fun and informative teaching style that's available in her patterns and instructional DVD's. Her desire to help women make flattering garments led her to the Palmer/Pletsch pattern fitting method, which she has used to help women achieve good fit and a renewed love of garment sewing. It's with this knowledge that she created Pamela's Patterns, which have many fitting solutions and adjustments built-in to the patterns. Pamela is the instructor for the Palmer/Pletsch East School of Sewing and recently completed Serger Techniques DVD with Threads Magazine.

Joi Mahon photoJOI MAHON
Dress Forms Design Studio, LLC
Phone: 712-239-9921 •
Fashion Designer Joi Mahon has a passion for fashion sewing that is contagious. She has been sewing professionally for clients since she was 16 working in a tailoring shop. She learned sewing for men, women, children and fit on all body types. After studying Fashion Design she started her own design studio where she designs for clients all over the U.S. Joi teaches her Fashion Boot Camp programs utilizing fit, fashion, and design that she applies every day in her own client work. Joi owns a design patent, is a published author, a teacher and is a national spokesperson for Baby Lock Fashion Sewing.

Mary McCarthy photoMARY MCCARTHY
17 Burlington Ave., Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone: 321-635-8640
Mary McCarthy has an extensive background in sewing, teaching, and business. She teaches all levels of garment sewing, from beginners to advanced design students, and is currently a faculty member at the International Academy of Design & Technology in Orlando, FL. She also conducts workshops to help sewing enthusiasts become Trained Sewing Instructors for the Sewing and Craft Alliance. Her latest project is the completion of the book, "200 Q&A: Dressmaking , Barron's Educational Series, 2012. Her formal background includes a B.S. in Clothing and Textiles, and M.B.A. She is also a Palmer/Pletsch Educational Associate and has authored two other books on sewing techniques. Her creative and inspiring ideas have also been featured in Threads Magazine, Sew News Magazine, and To learn more about classes and workshops, go to

The Stitchin RN
W. Astruc Drive, Green Valley, AZ 85614
Phone: 520-661-3358
Jacquelyn has been sewing since she was a young girl. In 2007 her love began for quilting and machine embroidery. Her specialty is producing and teaching memory quilts. Embellishment in machine embroidery is a great way to enhance and add to any quilt, including making quilt labels. She looks forward to working with like-minded men and women who want to learn the special techniques she has learned to use to make her work easier. She teaches in quilt shops and at her own studio. She resides in Green Valley, AZ, but is able and willing to travel should your shop, guild or group be interested.

Mary Mulari photoMARY MULARI
Mary's Productions
P.O. Box 87, Aurora, MN 55705
Phone: 218-229-2804 • Fax 218-229-2533
Mary Mulari has been teaching and sharing creative sewing projects since 1982. A frequent guest on Sewing With Nancy, she has written books, designed embroidery/applique cards, patterns, and her own line of apron and accessories patterns. Her inspirational seminars are available at sewing stores and sewing guild chapters across the U.S. Her special topics include applique, accessories, sweatshirt embellishments and zipper projects.

Caryne Mount photoCARYNE MOUNT
P.O. Box 3103, Livermore, CA 94551-3103
Phone: 650-430-2311 •
Caryne Mount is an internationally award-winning designer of couture artwear, textile designer, and sewing instructor for adults, teens, and children in Livermore, CA. Caryne holds a Bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Kansas, and an Adult Education Credential as well. She has been teaching sewing since 2002. Caryne also teaches surface design classes which emphasize having fun, exploring one's creativity, and experimentation. She is married and the mother of two daughters. When not teaching, she volunteers her sewing skills to the local ballet, building tutu and other costumes for such ballets as Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Firebird, Roe Adagio to name a few. Caryne will travel and teach international, nationally and regionally in SF Bay, East Bay, Mid-California and North California.

Luveta Nickels photoLUVETA NICKELS
The Junk Jeans People
16184 422nd Avenue, Clark, SD 57225
Phone: 605-532-5625 • Fax: 605-532-5465 •
Luveta Nickels specializes in recycling old blue jeans, but teaches all areas of sewing. She's especially excited to be working with what she calls, "wild and wicked!" grommets. Available in every color of the rainbow – and then some – Luveta has taken the use of grommets to a whole new level. They aren't just for curtains and home décor! You get a bonus when Luveta visits your store because her products can be worked on consignment. She is well versed in multi-brand machines and is anxious to work with individual stores. She promotes sales and return business after leaving her audience in awe! Luveta has appeared many times on PBS TV with Kaye Wood, Nancy Zieman, and Sue Hausmann. Her students have lightheartedly given her the title of "Denim Diva." Luveta will travel internationally.

Ann Poindexter photoANN POINDEXTER
Sewing With Ann — Adelle Enterprises LLC
343 Montgomery Drive, Erie, CO 80516
Phone: 720-939-9916
Ann Poindexter is a sewing instructor, author and speaker. Ann's true passion is teaching sewing for all levels. She is a certified instructor for Martha Pullen Heirloom, Kaye Wood Quilting, Sulky of America and Sewing Educators Alliance. Ann has a Master's Degree in sewing education. Her love of sewing was instilled on her mother's knee on a treadle machine which has led her to sewing for her family to teaching at schools, local retailers, guilds, colleges, recreation centers, fairs, private lessons and major sewing conferences around the country.

Chrystina L. Power photoCHRYSTINA L. POWER
88 Calendula Street, Spring Branch, TX 78070
Phone: 830-935-4044 or 915-474-9011
Chrystina Power learned sewing basics at the knee of her mother, advanced her fundamental skills throughout the years and has matured to a variety of fabric and fiber arts. As a certified trained sewing instructor and American Sewing Guild Member, Chrystina loves sharing stitching skills with all. Chrystina's sales experience provides the expertise to offer workshops, event planning and comprehensive instruction to all ages and levels of expertise that bring fun into every stitch.

Mary Ann Racheau photoMARY ANN RACHEAU
Olden Toys
7104 Fenway Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89147
Phone: 702-365-6012 or 702-581-5715 •
Mary Ann Racheau is a Costume Technician for Cirque du Soleil's KA at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, a quilter and a teddy bear artist. Her background includes 14 years as a Seamstress with the Sigfried and Roy show and 6 years as a Costumier for the ballet, opera and various Las Vegas productions. She is certified to teach "Quilting the Kaye Wood Way" and as a Sewing Educator through the Sewing and Craft Alliance. Mary Ann has taught sewing privately and classes at Home Magic and constructed model garments for Cloth World. Skills include teaching, pattern cutting, designing, alterations, dyeing and construction of garments, costumes, teddy bears and quilts. Member SEA, ASG and GBW. Mary Ann will travel nationally.

Londa Rohlfing photoLONDA ROHLFING
Londa's Creative Threads
804 Vista Drive, Savoy, IL 61874
Phone: 217-369-4687
As a past shop owner and machine dealer, Londa Rohlfing understands what is expected in guest teachers. Her passion is teaching design and techniques to create well-designed and fitted wearable art garments, with specialization on sweatshirt and knit top bases. Londa's innovative Talking Patterns™ provide step-by-step instructions that can be read, seen and even HEARD online. Londa is published in Creative Needle, Sew Savvy, and Sew News magazines, appeared on and the PBS It's Sew Easy and been a guest on Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, and American Patchwork & Quilting with Pat Sloan. C&T published her first nationally-published book, Sweatshirt Transformations, in August of 2012. She will have articles published in THREADS Magazine and SEW BEAUTIFUL Magazine late in 2013, and recently appeared as a Sew-Lebrity at BERNINA UNIVERSITY and the BROTHER Conference.

Louise Schubert photoLOUISE SCHUBERT
2910 Berkshire, Mesquite, TX 75150
Phone: 972-681-1936
Louise Schubert has been sewing since she was 13. She studied Clothing and Textiles at the University of North Texas and worked as a professional stock pattern maker for several years. She is a Trained Sewing Instructor through the Sewing and Craft Alliance, an officer in the American Sewing Guild, and an active member of the Dallas Area Fiber Artists. She constantly strives to hone her sewing skills, and loves to learn new techniques. Skills in patternmaking and design have allowed her to assist others in wardrobe planning, figure analysis, and fashion styling. Her passion for custom accessories has led her to explore and develop skills in machine embroidery, needle felting, Nuno felting, beading and jewelry making, polymer clay, and other Fiber Arts. She teaches classes to make custom buttons using several different methods, needle and Nuno felting techniques, as well as several other fiber art techniques. Louise also teaches classes in pattern making, pattern alterations, and sewing techniques.

Emma Seabrooke photoEMMA SEABROOKE
SewkeysE by Emma Seabrooke
109 Sapodilla Drive, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone 305-664-3319 •
Emma Seabrooke is a certified Palmer/Pletsch pant and fit instructor. She trained with a French couturier for years and took many fashion design courses in college while obtaining her degree. She has been fashion sewing since the age of six, first for her dolls then for herself and others. Emma loves sewing with knits and has designed patterns for them. She has perfected the best styles for all sizes especially the well-endowed ladies. She travels and teaches from coast to coast and on TV. Emma is an active member of the Miami Chapter Board of the American Sewing Guild, and is a member of the Home Sewing Association. All her ladies can achieve clothing that looks and fits beautifully. She carries patterns, notions and fabrics that apply to her classes.

Nancy Seifert photoNANCY SEIFERT
Successful Sewing Strategies
25928 SE 22nd Place, Sammamish, WA 98075
Phone: 425-466-6150
Nancy Seifert is a Palmer/Pletsch Educational Associate experienced in fit, pant and tailoring. She teaches the Palmer/ Pletsch four-day workshops in Seattle as well as classes at Pacific Fabric and Issaquah Sew and Vac. She has a passion for teaching others how to fit and tailor quality garments.


1055 Wildlife Trail
Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Phone 615-952-3303
Dr. Lisa Shanley has been teaching her love of sewing, pattern making, and textiles for more than 30 years. She has a Ph.D. in Clothing and Textile Science from Oklahoma State University and was the head of the Fashion Design program at Auburn University. In 1995, she launched Wild Ginger Software, Inc. which publishes fashion design, costuming, and sewing pattern software. She has taught numerous workshops on fitting, sewing, and computerized pattern making at local, national and international sewing shows, colleges and universities and online at She has appeared on Martha's Sewing Room and Creative Living. Lisa published Digital Flat Pattern, one of the first textbooks on computerized flat pattern. Lisa Loves to travel internationally.


Patsy Shields photoPATSY SHIELDS
381 So. Fern Street, Sellersburg, IN 47172
Phone: 812-246-4079
Patsy began working in the sewing industry in 1983 and has been sewing since a small child. She has worked for major sewing machine companies and taught internationally. She has contributed to several sewing publications, including Sew News, Sulky of America, Sew Fancy by Martha Pullen, Creative Machine Embroidery, Sewing Savvy, Round Bobbin, SQE Professional. She has appeared on "Quilting in the Heartland", "Creative Living", and "Sew Perfect" and is a certified Cotton Theory Quilting instructor. She has her own DVD on Ribbon Embroidery by Machine. She just recently has a project in Creative Sewing Techniques by Machine published by AQS. Patsy travels internationally as well as nationally to educate and inspire others to have fun with their sewing machines and sergers. She can by contacted about classes at

Barbie Swanson photoBARBIE SWANSON
Fabric Art Shop
158 SW Domino Way, Lake City, FL 32025-1594
Phone: 386-755-0179 •
Barbie Swanson is a nationally known fiber artist, teacher, designer and inventor. She is a member of many fiber art organizations including the Surface Design Association and the North Florida Art League. She invents tools to aid in design, and she creates specialty hand-dyed and painted fabrics and yarns which she incorporates into her art pieces. Because of her love of nature and the way she brings this love into her art she has won many awards for her art creations and has been published in several magazines. She loves to teach from the very basics to the more complex and the motto for Barbie's students is "Yes, I can!" It is what she believes in and anyone working in class or on individual projects with her realizes that they CAN and DO! With patient guidance, that allows a student to explore, most find that after even one session, that they can pursue an avenue that lets them grow in a direction that is beneficial to their needs and desires. In her art classes, she encourages her students to find their own way and not make copies of her art samples. Her goal for everyone is to move him or her to create something that has meaning and gives pleasure.

Linda Teufel photoLINDA TEUFEL
Dragon Threads LTD
490 Tucker Drive, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-841-9388
Linda Teufel is the dynamic owner of Dragon Threads quilt book publishing company and has authored several books about quilting and wearable arts. Linda teaches from her book Koos Couture Collage, written after long association with Koos and the fashion industry. Her large repertoire of classes also includes innovative, contemporary sewing and quilting techniques with silk to create intense, kaleidoscopic, gorgeous garments, quilts, and other unique items for the home. Linda will travel internationally.

Debbie Wendt photoDEBBIE WENDT
Wendt Quilting
60 Tyler Drive, Uxbridge, MA 01569
Phone: 508-278-9771 •
Debbie Wendt has combined her passion for sewing, quilting and teaching into a business that is truly on the go; Wendt Quilting. With a degree in Home Economics education her students love her ability to break down and explain the many aspects of quilting. She first taught quilting internationally in 1993 while living in Cairo, Egypt and teaches at guilds, quilt shops and national shows. A unique quilt teaching opportunity even took her to villages in Cambodia. Debbie developed Brilliant Bindings tool in 2007, self-published two longarm project books and 18 unique quilt patterns to date. Most recently she was a guest on Quilt It! the longarm quilting show demonstrating building and binding a quilt on a longarm.

Colleen Wright photoCOLLEEN WRIGHT
12510 228th Street
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada V2X 6M8
Phone: 604-463-1994
Colleen has been sewing for herself and others for more than four decades as well as teaching many children and adults including international students. She offers a fun, relaxed and knowledgeable format at her seminars and workshops. Colleen is a Sulky Certified Teacher and a Simplicity Educator which allows her to instruct in many subject areas. Some of her most popular seminars include those on interfacing, threads, decorative stitches, tips and tricks, thread painting and more. Colleen is willing to travel anywhere there is a need for education about the art of sewing.

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