Introduction: NOTE: I am located in Scottsdale, AZ, and I do not travel to students. As long as COVID is still such a big part of everyday life, this will not change. I am willing to have students in my home studio, provided that students agree to meet the same CDC COVID guidelines to which I've agreed.
My love of sewing and the needle-arts grew out of watching my Mom, and I began hand-sewing and crocheting at 8. After moving to the west coast, I found that I could take my skills and passions to a whole new level with time spent in Fashion Design school, where I earned my BFA in Fashion Design. The move to Phoenix opened the door to my discovery of teaching, a surprise, a delight, the ultimate expression of my love of all things fiber and textiles. With over 25 years of classroom teaching experience in apparel and textiles, I bring a diverse set of sewing, needle arts and teaching skills.
I will work with students in exploring their personal interests, in a variety of subject areas, including:
Sewing - all levels from beginner to advanced, as well as Tailoring, Couture, and Costume Construction.
Computer-Assisted Fashion Design using Adobe Illustrator - Students learn to create croquis, flats, floats, and fashion poses, to plan a line or collection, to create textile designs and repeats, to render fabrics on the fashion pose, and to build a portfolio of their work.
Patternmaking - all areas of Patternmaking including Drafting, Draping, Flat Patternmaking, and Computer-Assisted Patternmaking.
Vintage pattern use - working with patterns that pre-date printed patterns, with patterns that were not made for current figures, with patterns for which sizes are limited or difficult to find.
Pattern Grading - because sometimes you just need a size that you cannot find, when working with commercial patterns; and because your custom-made patterns might do well if you can offer them in more than one size.
Surface Design - tie-dye, batik, silk-painting, screen-printing, block-printing, fabric painting.
Needlework - hand or machine embroidery, tambour hook embroidery and beading, machine-applied beadwork, applique, trapunto, and many other varieties of embellishment.
Pattern Alteration and Fit
Custom Dress Forms
Textiles - the information you need to make good fabric choices for your projects.
Sewing Fashion Accessories
Costume History and Historic Costume Construction
If there's a topic in Textiles or Fashion that you don't see here, please inquire!