With the recent launch of Volume 84 January/February, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight one of our talented writers, Shelly Smola of My Fair Lady Designs who is featured in the current issue.
Shelly has contributed articles for Designs in Machine Embroidery since 2007. Among the projects featured are the At the Track Pillow Sham and the September Memories reusable calendar.
Her latest project, the Glamour Girl Organizer combines utility with femininity. We already feel glamorous and beautiful just looking at the project!
Shelly is also the author of the book, All for Me, Delightfully Feminine Projects Made in the Hoop. This is a definite book to add to your Wishlist. Or go ahead and visit the Designs in Machine Embroidery website and add to the shopping cart. For a limited time we’ll include free shipping on the book. Use coupon code: pretty
|Tell me 3 things our readers would be surprised to know about you.1) I will buy new fabric that matches my stash just so I won’t use up my stash. 2) I love to golf, especially after a day of sitting at an embroidery machine. 3) I hate to go shopping!|
|Describe your perfect vacation day.My perfect vacation day would be to curl up with a good book and my kitties.|
|Describe your perfect work day.The house is already clean, all the chores are done, and I am ready to test stitch a project – oh, and I already know what fabric I will use!!|
|Finish the sentence: Nobody knows I…am really bad at picking out fabric! I usually have to redo a project several times before I find a fabric combination that looks good!|
|What is your favorite thing to do other than sewing/embroidering?I love to read or play golf when I am not sewing or embroidering.|
|What is your favorite project you have created over the years?The Bedtime Rail Line quilt – that was so much fun to design, and it took forever because I just kept adding to it.|
|Do you prefer to design from scratch or do a makeover?I prefer to digitize from scratch.|
|Share one embroidery tip that every embroiderer should know.Stabilize, stabilize, stabilize! When I bought my first embroidery machine, I thought there was something wrong with it because my designs kept puckering! I didn’t even know what stabilizer was!!|
|What 5 things can you not live without?My family and friends, coffee, lemons, hot red peppers, and good books|
|What is your favorite afternoon snack?Iced coffee|
|What one item do you cook or bake really well?Dinner rolls – my friend Dot Hawkins gave me the recipe. I make them every Friday.|
|When you were 12 years old, what did you dream of being when you grew up?When I was 12, I wanted to be a math teacher. I used to set up all my dolls in chairs in front of my chalkboard and teach them the math lesson I learned in school that day.|
|Are you more creative during the early morning hours, midday or do you burn the midnight oil?My best ideas usually happen in the early morning, but I get most of my work done in the midafternoon.|
|What is your motto?Treat others how you want to be treated – in your personal life and in business.|
|Name one talent or skill you wish you had.I wish I could dance! No coordination for this girl!|
|Which do you prefer—milk, white or dark chocolate?Dark Chocolate – the darker, the better!|
|What one word best describes you?Loyal|
|Finish the sentence: My mother taught me…how to sew! I would sit next to her for hours while she made clothes for me and my doll.|