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Dorothy LaBounty

So, what makes a “Maker”? I don’t know…I just know I’ve been fascinated by fabric and thread and fiber all my life. One of my earliest memories is embroidering a kitten sitting in a shoe..kinda like the image you see attached to this post. I remember that I wasn’t in school yet, and couldn’t read. But, I could follow the lines stamped on the fabric and keep up with my color choices. I also remember knitting Barbie clothes, but that was later.

My Mom sewed a lot, and sewing was generally more common than it is today. Major department stores had fabric departments. Going to the fabric store with Mom was a normal part of my life.

I didn’t actually sit down at a sewing machine until I was in sixth grade and made an apron for a 4-H sewing competition. I made most of my clothes, through high school and college. I designed and made my wedding dress. I made clothes for my daughters, and a lot of household stuff. 

About 25 years ago, I thought maybe quilting would be a more sensible outlet for my fabric fever. I thought, OK, I’ll just buy some fabric to make a quilt…I can spend a lot of time on it, and I won’t feel the need to buy fabric all the time.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Quilting is ever more addictive than fashion sewing!!!! My basement is about to explode with fabric, batting and notions!

In college, I majored in voice. I aspired to be an opera singer. I also got a Master’s degree in voice. I performed professionally as a singer/actor when my kids were little. Since they grew up, I’ve enjoyed performing in community theater. I’ve made costumes for myself, and my daughter. I’ve designed and built costumes for a few full shows, including ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and THE SECRET GARDEN.

Now, maybe I can say things are coming full circle. My older daughter is an avid embroiderer. My younger daughter is a professional costumer. I’m teaching a new generation of sewists at Perennial.

I’m intrigued and inspired by Perennial’s commitment to reuse and recycling. It is the perfect format for acquiring and practicing new skills. Learn the basics…give yourself permission to experiment, explore, and…occasionally, fail…Look for beauty and potential in items that might otherwise be unloved…We are surrounded by potential, in the materials and in ourselves…

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