I began sewing at the feet of my mother and grandmother at a very young age to dress my Barbie dolls. I wore clothing made by my mother and learned to sew for myself. After having a daughter, I taught myself to smock and entered the world of heirloom sewing, which became my niche. After my daughter became too old for smocked clothing, I delved into home décor and quilting. Being creative has always been instinctive and a necessary element in my life. Recently, the smocking books, templates and pleater resurfaced to bring solace during a very stressful time in my life as I battled breast cancer. I used sewing as a form of therapy to provide gifts for the many babies at church. Ney Ney’s Stitches was born and given the name I was so fondly called by nephews, nieces and all those precious babies at church!
My love of teaching prompted me to begin teaching smocking and sewing to those around me who asked to learn how. What better way to utilize an elementary education degree? I’m a member of SAGA and currently working on their Artisan program.
When I’m not sewing, you can find me surfing on Pinterest, cooking my family’s favorite meals, traveling, spending time with Jay on the Harley or in the yard and teaching children’s and women’s classes at church. I’ve been married for 25+ years to the love of my life and a stay at home mom to now 2 adult children (and my Maltese “girls”). I grew up in a little town in Tennessee but have lived all over the south as my husband’s career grew. I try to put God first in all I do and attempt to utilize the talents I’ve been blessed with to serve Him.