Cindy is the creator of several Signature Series embroidery disks
for Cactus Punch and CEO of Sew Artfully Yours, Inc. Cindy's skills take
machine embroidery to new heights in creativity, and along with embroidery, she
is also the creator of a myriad of other machine techniques. She is the
designer and author of thirty-one books, and has been teaching and inspiring
people to sew and create for twenty-one years. There are no boundaries in
artistic pursuits when it comes to her books and classes. Everyone is
encouraged to transcend to a higher level of creativity. www.sewingart.com
Rocky River, OH
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
As an avowed non-shopper, Lynn has always made her own clothes, home decorations and gifts. It is so much more fun to sew than shop, except for fabric and sewing supplies. Lynn learned to love to sew from her grandmother and learned the finer points from her mother, an accomplished seamstress. Quite prophetically, while working on her degree in Marketing and Public Relations at Bowling Green State University, Lynn chose her beloved sewing machine as the subject for her sales demonstration in her “Salesmanship” class. The die was cast for a lifetime of sewing and selling.
One of the original staff members when Original Sewing & Quilt Expo began in 1995, she combined her Expo work with free-lance sewing, embroidery and special projects for the Husqvarna Viking® Sewing Machine Company (VSM). Eventually, Lynn went to work full-time for VSM, which is now SVP Worldwide. Fulfilling that college prophecy, she developed and presented programs to train retail sewing machine store associates across the nation how to demonstrate and sell sewing machines. Lynn served on the Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff® Product Development Teams, traveling regularly to the factory in Sweden. In 2008, she lived in Husqvarna, Sweden for three months to do final-testing on the new top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery machine.
Now as Director of Marketing for the rapidly-growing Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Lynn is enjoying working with the creative and dynamic Expo team and the wonderful vendors, faculty and volunteers that make the Expo such an exciting and satisfying event. Now that their three children are grown, Lynn and her patient husband, Bob enjoy movies and traveling.
In 1986, Stacy Michell started “Shades Textiles” a company that originally created hand dyed textiles. Over the years this enterprise has expanded to include many types of appliqué, especially “Hawaiian” style, and fused appliqué, and is home of SoftFuse Premium paperbacked web, and yes, she still dyes fabric! Her travels and life have influenced her creative style. “We live in a fast paced, get it done world, yet we enjoy the process and the journey” is one of her thoughts when developing class projects. Stacy’s class projects focus on the student having success. How can the student advance their skills? How can the student enjoy this class? Currently, most of Stacy’s teaching is appliqué based, but she also teaches patchwork classes, and fabric dying classes. www.shadestextiles.co
Palm City, FL
Learn Sew Simple
Jeannie Miller has been sewing almost all of her life. She started at a very young age and has never stopped sewing, quilting and embroidering. She retired from a 36 year teaching career and now concentrates her teaching efforts on sharing her love of all things sewing through classes offered at her local stores and at conferences and events. Jeannie is a certified Jenny Haskins Accredited Instructor and a Quilt in a Day teacher. Jeannie was so inspired by the creativity and elegance of Jenny Haskins designs and projects and has worked very hard to master all of Jenny’s techniques and sewing methods so she could share them with her students. Jeannie started her own Company Learn Sew Simple and began vending and teaching at shows where she sells Jenny Haskins products, Quilt in a Day and Accuquilt GO! Dies. www.learnsewsimple.com
Cutting Corners Inc.
Sandy currently serves as the first sample maker for the CUTTING LINE DESIGNS pattern line, as well as writing and editing the pattern instructions. Sandra travels all over the US, teaching and staffing the CUTTING CORNERS booth, where she enjoys talking to sewers and answering questions about fabric, patterns, and sewing techniques.www.cuttinglinedesigns.com