I always thought I must have been born with a needle in my fingers. My earliest memory of doing needlework was embroidering tea towels and pillow cases. I soon graduated to making doll clothes out of paper and fabric.
I was very lucky to have a mother with enough patience to teach me these skills and allow me to use her new Elna sewing machine at a very young age. As a result, I was sewing my own clothes in my teens. These skills helped me throughout my life. I started by making my own wedding dress and then clothed my family through the years. I made pajamas, denim jeans, tailored jackets and finally came full circle when I made my daughter’s wedding dress.
At this point in time, my life took a turn and I went back to school. I worked for 15 years in hair design. Then in 2000, I decided to try quilting. It didn’t take long to establish my interest in wall art, rather than conventional quilting. As with most things, I needed to do things my own way, rather than follow patterns and rules!
In 2002, I ventured into taking stained glass classes in Brandon with a friend. My work into mosaics was all self-taught and has brought me much enjoyment. I have also enjoyed designing many wall hangings, both fabric and glass, for churches and fund raising auctions.
I still live on our farm of 51 years with my husband Wayne. I have lots of room to play with my projects including stripping and refinishing furniture. Art has been a real fulfillment in my life and I am thankful for my God–given talents.
I hope you enjoy a few of my displayed pieces.