112 Boeykens Place
Normal, IL 61761
The Sewing Room
School for Sewing
Sewing has had a diminished presence in many schools over the past decades. Thanks to programs like Project Runway and Project Runway Junior, there has been a resurgence the interest of learning to sew. No longer is it seen as a 1950s home-maker skill, but as a valuable life skill. Whether it is sewing your own clothes, creating your own home decor, or something more involved like becoming a clothing designer, sewing can open many possibilities.
I grew up in a home where my mother was both a seamstress and quilter. She sewed everything from everyday clothes, to Halloween costumes, to sewing for sports like Gymnastics, to formal wear. At age 8, I began my sewing adventure while in 4-H. My first project was a basic elastic waist skirt. While I continued sewing projects for 4-H through high school, there was a break in my sewing career while I began my career in the field of education. After 20 years in this area, I closed that chapter of working in traditional schools and began on the next chapter of my life.
In 2004, I began my adult sewing career with learning in my 30s by learning how to quilt for the very first time. I have made many quilts over the years, but started finding my way back to my first skill set with making clothes. This gradually led me back to my love for teaching as I continued to receive numerous requests from individuals to teach them how to sew. After several years of teaching project specific classes, I felt myself longing to teach people a set of skills rather than just one item at a time to students. By developing a foundation of skills, individuals can achieve their own sewing goals whether with crafting, home decor, sewing their own clothes, or becoming the next great fashion designer.
In 2012 I began offering sewing lessons. The Sewing Room, formerly known as Expressions, is affectionately named after the room in the house I grew up with (or should I say in) back on the 3-generation family farm. This room was always referred to as 'the sewing room" (otherwise known as Sharon's room or maybe better expressed as my mother's Mom-Cave). Now, with my own sewing room, I hope to see everyone come and achieve their sewing dreams one stitch at a time.