Kristene Furan - Bio
I began machine sewing when I was ten, learning from my mother on my grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. My first time sewing on the treadle machine, I put the needle right into the tip of my fingernail! As a young girl, I made doll clothes, pillows, stuffed animals, and dolls, as well as clothes for myself. I remember making knit shirts when rib knit cuffs and collars were popular. My aunt was a professional seamstress and taught me how to make prom dresses and lined suits in high school.
I took my sewing machine to college where I continued to sew my own clothing and make gifts for others. As an adult, I sewed clothing for my children and also began to make home décor items such as pillows and table runners. I’ve also made many different types of quilted bags and zippered purses. I don’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t working on some type of sewing project. About twelve years ago, I started making quilts and doing machine embroidery. I learn so much from others and enjoy sewing with a group of friends who share a love of all types of sewing projects. I have been a part of several groups making quilts for charity and currently lead a group of ten people of various skill levels making quilts for donation to Durham Meals on Wheels and WakeMed. I enjoy sharing the joy of sewing with others and like to encourage sewists by helping them to find ways to learn new techniques and make sewing simple and enjoyable for them.
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