Threads of Troy
I was born on Halloween in Verdun, France, where my father was serving in the US Army as a finance officer. My mother said the ride to the hospital in an unheated ambulance was freezing, and thank goodness I delayed my appearance until the arrival at the hospital. I was their second daughter, and my brother, another sister, and another brother followed, making our family of five children complete.
Unlike many of my sewing friends, I didn’t start sewing until junior high school Home Economics class. My mother had been making my sisters and me clothes for many years, but I had never shown much interest in sewing. Mom let me use her Singer® knee-pedal sewing machine with all of its wonderful attachments. She also helped answer my questions when I couldn’t quite figure out the instructions from the “big book” patterns. I made most of my high school wardrobe and used my babysitting money to buy new fabrics and patterns. There was a wonderful fabric store in our town, Minnesota Fabrics. How I loved that store! My high school graduation present from my parents was my very own Singer® sewing machine! I continued sewing for myself after high school when I was employed as a secretary, first at the Library of Congress and then at the Pentagon.
I became a stay-at-home mother when my daughter was born, and she grew up having a wonderful mommy-made wardrobe. Her dolls were also well dressed, although she never owned an American Girl® doll. I sewed for my son as well, but sewing for boys was not as much fun as sewing for girls!
Fast forward many years when I no longer sewed for my children or myself. I discovered quilting and the amazing new computer sewing and embroidery machines. My passion was making table runners – a faster gratification than making a large quilt. I was asked to participate in a local craft show, and trying to decide on what items to sell, I thought about adding American Girl® doll clothes in addition to my quilted and embroidered items. I practically sold out that first year! I soon added a serger to my sewing equipment for a more professional finishing to my seams.
I decided to open an Etsy shop in 2010 to gain a broader audience and offer doll fashions year-round instead of just at one craft show. I especially love sewing for the historical dolls, and I am in awe of the wonderful designers producing patterns for them. I already had a large stash of quilting fabrics, and that stash has been ever-growing with fabrics appropriate for doll clothes. I’m trying now to sew with what I have because there’s simply no more storage space for my fabrics.
I have often been asked why I chose Threads of Troy for the name of my shop. The simple answer is that I live in a small postal community in Troy, VA. I just thought the name was unique and would cover multiple avenues of my sewing, including smocking and embroidery.
I am now semi-retired working from home as a part-time consultant for a non-profit organization. This allows time for sewing, as well as gardening. I’m usually busy outside in the Spring planting my gardens and containers with beautiful flowers.