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Judi Montgomery Harris director and owner of Love to Sew Studio.
 
A beautiful piece of metal art of a spool of thread and needle for Love to Sew Studio, created by Amanda Morton, who is a welder by trade.

A beautiful spool of thread and needle sculpture for Love to Sew Studio, created by Amanda Morton, who is a welder by trade.

     Amanda, a friend of my brother's, had been to my house a few times for holiday dinners before she finally had the chance to check-out our sewing studio. As soon as she saw the walls lined with colorful fabrics, jars of buttons and ribbons, and sewing machines, she was hooked! The last time she had sewed was to make a pillow in middle school Home Ec. class. A creative and active person, Amanda had been eager to learn how to sew and make textile art for a long time. So, once she saw the studio--and the projects on display and half-finished--she was inspired enough to become a student here at Love to Sew.

 

     Before this, we had asked questions about our different interest in art: mine obviously lies with fabrics and creating crafts, quilts, and garments, while Amanda works with metal art. I was very interested in what could be done with metal and the process of making various objects. It all seemed a little dangerous to me. Since my brother is also a welder I can remember numerous times he was hospitalized for work related accidents (like being injured by shards of metal). I tend to stay away from heavy machines like that and working on projects that require face-masks and fire. Even saws scare me a little.  During one of our conversations I ask Amanda if she could make me a small sewing-inspired garden sculpture. I told her how welding seemed to be a new trend at craft shows and fairs and how local, self-taught artists were incorporating metal art in unique ways, like recycling junk yard pieces and welding sculptures from that, or incorporating metal with traditional fabric art in home decor pieces. I suggested a pair of scissors, a spool of thread, or a dress or mannequin sculpture. My idea was on a very minor scale: a two-dimensional shape with a stick to put in the earth. 

 

     Amanda kept her project secret, and as time went on she became more and more creative with it. I was shocked on Thanksgiving day when she dropped of my gift! Just look at the fine detail and craftsmanship on this piece of metal art. I love it! It's perfect in every way: the size, the colors, the wording, and of course the hard work, time, and effort she put into making it. 

 

A beautiful piece of metal art of a spool of thread and needle for Love to Sew Studio, created by Amanda Morton, who is a welder by trade.

A beautiful piece of metal art of a spool of thread and needle for Love to Sew Studio, created by Amanda Morton, who is a welder by trade.

 A beautiful piece of metal art of a spool of thread and needle for Love to Sew Studio, created by Amanda Morton, who is a welder by trade.

     This remarkable piece is so unique to the studio, and I feel like it is too good to put outside, but that is where it's home is, right at my entrance to the studio welcoming my students. I can't wait to surround it with pink and white flowers in the spring and summer time. I am very proud of my brother and Amanda for making this for me. I know it took a lot of time and patience to finish this project. I display it with pride at the entrance of my studio and all of our students have noticed and complimented it.

A beautiful piece of metal art of a spool of thread and needle for Love to Sew Studio, created by Amanda Morton, who is a welder by trade.

    

Judi Montgomery Harris director owner of Love to Sew Studio with a spool with needle metal art that one of her students gave her.

Here I am with the beautiful spool of thread and needle sculpture art Amanda made me.

    

    

 
 

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