My adopted brother Oliver, defending his fort from his big sister.

My adopted brother Oliver, defending his fort from his big sister.

About the Artist

Eclectic is my favorite word. Not only does it have the funnies sound in the English language, twice, it also sounds like it could be a legitimate mental illness. Which, if it was, I'd be the poster child.  

I have been sewing since I was able to thread a large plastic needle with thick yarn. One of my fondest memories was back in high school when I babysat for extra money. I was pulling a long night and sat down to sew after putting the kids to bed. The oldest boy woke up and saw what I was doing and expressed his interest in learning. The next time I brought over a few beginners kits and taught him how to cast off and make a simple cross stitch. Then his friends came over wanting to play. When they saw what he was doing they wanted to learn too. Before long I had five, 7-9, year old boys lined up on the patio sewing away. For an hour no one picked up a video game or played with cell phones. A Miracle!

I find sewing to be just as important as reading. Just an hour a day clears your mind and teaches patience. Granted, it's not easy for many but all good things in this world require hard work. I would like to see more people sewing, and I am working to make the craft more appealing to the next generation. It is a beautiful art that needs to be carried on into the digital age.