Hi there, I’m Angie Knowles of sewityourselfslipcovers.com with my introductory video of Slip Tips. Now, you are probably wondering, what is Slip Tips?
Well, let me tell you. Slip Tips is my video tutorial series where I share some of my favorite tips, tricks and tools of the trade for sewing your own custom slipcovers and other home décor items.
But before we get into that, let me tell you a little about myself and why I decided to create these videos. I started sewing, way back, way back when I was 9 years old. Now I wish I could say it was at my mom’s or grandma’s knee, but it wasn’t. You see, mom was a working mom and to keep us busy and out of trouble during the summer , we went to summer programs at the local rec center. If my childhood memory is correct, there were 3 programs to choose from; softball, swimming, and sewing. Even as a kid, the idea of chasing a ball in the hot Florida sun just didn’t seem right. And swimming, I had already tried to drown several times, so swimming wasn’t an option. So my only choice was sewing. But, hey, at least it was inside, in the air conditioning. This continued for at least 4 summers and somewhere along the way, I fell in love with sewing.
From then on, sewing was a big part of my life; all through high school, college and my military career. Along my sewing journey I had some great teachers—starting with my high school home ec teacher in 11th grade. She let me sneak back into the home ec room during lunch hour so I could get more sewing in. And then while we were stationed in Italy, there was the Italian instructor who wondered how was she going teach me anything when she didn’t speak any English and I spoke very little Italian. Well we managed to overcome the language barrior and I learned quite a lot in that class. And while station in Turkish, I adopted a Turkish tailor and apprenticed with him for 3 months. The funny thing is he didn’t speak any English and I spoke very little Turkish, but we both spoke sewing. My two instructors at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA where I studied Apparel Construction and Pattern making. And my very first slipcover instructor, Karen Erickson; she got me started in this business. Thank you Karen! And finally my slipcover mentor Shrley Hendry Walsh. I’ve tried picking here brains so many times; even tried the Vulcan mind meld, but it doesn’t work.
Over the years I’ve had such great teachers, that now it is my turn to become the teacher and inspire others along their sewing journey. I got my first chance to teach in 2004 when Karen Erickson invited me to teach at the annual Slipcover Summit. That was such a wonderful experience that I have been teaching at the Summit every since. I also teach locally in my studio, but I want to reach out and inspire more people than I can reach locally. So in September 2010, I started my teaching website, Sew It Your Self Slipcovers (SIYS). This way I can reach out and inspire so many others.
These videos are just one of the ways I’ll be doing that. So I invite you to sit back, relax and get ready to learn.