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I started sewing when I was 5 or 6 years old. I was very lucky to have an Aunt who could work magic with a piece of fabric and some thread. I remember looking through magazines and finding a dress I wanted. Aunt Katherine would tell me how much fabric we needed and without a pattern she would start cutting. Next thing I knew I would be wearing my dream dress. She allowed me to use her sewing machine to make clothes for all my dolls, and she always encouraged me. I can just imagine what that wonderful lady would think of our computerized embroidery machines of today.


I started hand embroidering about the same time. I taught myself to knit & crochet when I was 9 or 10. Shortly after that I taught myself how to tat. I’ve always enjoyed crafts of any kind. I’ve made soap, candles, and lotions etc., done some beadwork, dabbled in oil painting, made jewelry and on and on…When I got my first computer a new love was born. I was told by many that I wouldn’t like computers but many were wrong. Then a few years ago I got my first sewing/embroidery machine and another love was born. When I couldn’t find the “right” design for something I wanted to make for my son’s birthday gifts I started digitizing. A couple of very good friends talked me into opening a website and selling my designs and Smiling Stitches became a reality. I have finally found something that combines so many of the things I enjoy and thanks to all my wonderful customers I can spend my time doing something I love.


Thanks to each of you,

Karene