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Priscilla Leese

Betty ParsonsIn the mountains of eastern Tennessee, where I was born, the women in my family sewed, quilted, crocheted, and did embroidery.  It was a way of life for that time and place.

Learning to sew on a treadle sewing machine (which I still have in my work room) was my introduction to sewing.  The use of textures, colors, and embellishments has evolved over the years.

After retiring from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where I was a Coordinator of Resident Life, I opened a small Boutique which sold one-of-a-kind custom clothing, accessories, and jewelry.  It was here that I learned much more about design and which fabrics would complement the design best.  My scope narrowed to making more specialized items.

There is a parallel between working with fabric and wood … both have grains, both will look different depending on how they are cut, both require the old adage “Measure Twice, Cut Once!” and both have the quality of enhancing a design.

I enjoy what I do and can only hope that anyone wearing one of my creations will enjoy it as much as I have creating it!

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Tan and Beige
Tan and Beige

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