We’ve been drooling over our latest book release, “Wrapped in Embroidery, Machine Embroidered Wraps and Cozy Cover-Ups” by Joanne Banko. If you love to wear your embroidered creations, then you”ll understand why.
I’m so excited about this book. Joanne really gets how a fashionable woman wants to look and she’s tuned into how busy we all are! She made her techniques simple to master and enjoyable to wear. I recently had the privilege to interview Joanne. Read on to learn more.
|Tell me three things our readers would be surprised to know about you.|
|I purchased my first embroidery machine almost 20 years ago and still have the first project I ever made. It was a vest with paisley designs and I almost wore it out.I still have the second project too. I made a pillow and I never closed the back opening. To this day it still has pins in it!I scribble down ideas when they pop into my mind but I sometimes “lose” the thought because I can’t read my own handwriting.|
|Describe your perfect vacation day.|
|My perfect day would be warm and sunny. You would find me lounging outdoors (in a shady spot!) with a pile of magazines and books by my side. A refreshing swim followed by a delicious stir fry would complete a perfectly relaxing vacation day.|
|Describe your perfect work day.|
|My average work day can be quite varied. I may be home designing, writing and stitching, or I may be away at a sewing event or teaching a class. No matter where I am or what I am doing, my perfect work day ends with the hope that I have taught a fellow sewing enthusiast something new or inspired them to stitch something special, enjoying every stitch along the way!|
|Finish the sentence: Nobody knows …|
|wanted to be a cheer leader but I could not do the splits, so now I’m happy to cheer on fellow sewing fanatics.|
|What is your favorite thing to do other than sewing/embroidering?|
|Swim in the summer, read in the winter.|
|What is your favorite project you have created over the years?|
|I have many, many favorites and usually I am highly enthused about whatever I am currently creating. However, I think one of my all-time favorites was a small sewing themed wall hanging. I scanned and then printed “antique” pattern envelopes onto fabric and pieced them together with sewing themed embroidery designs. I gave the finished item to a friend and she hung it in her office for years.|
|Do you prefer to design from scratch or do a makeover?|
|I would prefer to design from scratch, partly because I love the make it yourself process from start to finish. Even trimming pattern pieces is fun for me. However, when I do embellish a ready-made I get the same “I made it myself” satisfaction. After all a makeover is basically a blank made beautiful!|
|Share one embroidery tip that every embroiderer should know.|
|Buy it when you see it and you’ll have it when you need it . . . stock up on commonly used basic supplies like needles, thread, and stabilizers. Nothing kills creativity like having to stop to go shop|
|What 5 things can you not live without?|
|I’ll stick with the subject of sewing or this list could get really long.
|What is your favorite afternoon snack?|
|Toasted almonds along with a yellow delicious apple.|
|What one item do you cook or bake really well?|
|Veggie style pizza.|
|When you were 12 years old, what did you dream of being when you grew up?|
|Honestly, at 12 I didn’t have a clue. However, once I started sewing at 13 I wanted to own a boutique full of my own creations! I dreamt of sewing and sleeping upstairs, and filling the storefront below with unique garments and accessories.
|Are you more creative during the early morning hours, midday, or do you burn the midnight oil?|
|While I love mornings I have to say I am an incurable night owl. I get my best ideas when I should be sleeping.|
|What is your motto?|
|“To test is best”, make lots of samples. You’ll learn from your flops and failures, and be energized by your success stories.|
|Name one talent or skill you wish you had.|
|I wish I could knit or crochet.|
|Which do you prefer—milk, white, or dark chocolate?|
|I could say all of the above but when push comes to shove dark chocolate wins!|
|What one word best describes you?|
|Finish the sentence: My mother taught me….|
|Enough to write a book . . . but above all she taught me to be thankful and to stick to your core beliefs and values|
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