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Artisans Center of Virginia

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There is a lot of pleasure in making something beautiful and useful and lasting.

Artisans Center of Virginia Juried Artisan

Growing up in a family of women who loved to sew I developed an appreciation of all things fabric at an early age. My Mom was an accomplished seamstress who made our clothes, all the curtains and lots of Barbie dresses. I remember driving her crazy to teach me to sew, which she did as soon as my feet would reach the sewing machine pedal. My Grandmother taught me to make yoyo’s and embroidery. One of my first and best memories is of my Great Aunt’s old treadle type Singer machine whirring away while she pieced quilts.

Life got busy and my sewing machine didn’t see much use for a very long time, but a few years ago I brought out the Singer, mine is electric, dusted it off and looked around for a project.

After the very first bag I was hooked. I love the process of choosing a combination of contrasting and coordinating fabrics, crafted into a style that makes the most of the individual fabrics design. I now spend a lot of happy time in my workroom with my trusty sidekick, our cat Buddy, at my side. And like the women I grew up admiring, I’ve also discovered, that there is a lot of pleasure in making something beautiful and useful and lasting.
My wish is that the people using my bags enjoy wearing them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Professional Distinction: Consignment/Retail

Betty McDonald

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