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I'm so pleased to be shipping our first book this month!  

I was born and raised in Japan.  My mom taught me to sew around 4 years of age.  I can still remember watching my brother, who was about 6 at the time, sewing a shirt for his teddy bear on Mom's Singer Featherweight machine.  This was the late 60's and the shirt was reminiscent of the 60's and 70's.  He chose to put rick rack around the neckline.  I thought it was the coolest ever that he could do that and wanted to learn.  Soon, Mom and Dad bought me a little working (toy) sewing machine.  By the time I was in elementary school, Mom gave me her Featherweight and I was designing and sewing my own clothes as well as learning to sew using patterns.

 

There was a fabric store in Ikebukuro, called Kinkado, that carried America sewing patterns.  I would go by train on the weekends and buy fabric and patterns.  I made many of my clothes back then.

I first began to quilt when an American lady came to Japan in the early 80's.  My first quilt was a little wall-hanging of a pieced house.  I ended up moving to the States for college and began to quilt in earnest.  Those were the early days when I still bought fabric for a specific project and actually finished it before I bought more fabric.  I had never heard of the concept of the word "stash"...probably a good thing.

During my early career as an elementary school teacher, I ended up working part-time in a quilt shop in Chadds Ford, PA for 3 years.  I learned ever so much and made great quilting friends, whom I keep in touch with still today.

I ended up moving back to the west coast and falling into the field of software.  By this time I was truly beyond all help when it came to my obsession with fabric and textiles.  I had bought a spinning wheel and learned to spin fiber.  I began to upholster furniture and make curtains and pillows for my home.  Textiles and fabric were a never-ending source of fascination for me.

In my travels, particularly to Japan, but also all over the world, I would pick up books on crafts, sewing, quilting and knitting.  Never did I imagine that someday in the future this would prompt me to begin to think about starting a publishing company.  

It was just about 2 years ago that I began to dream about bringing more of these to the U.S. market.  I had friends that would buy Japanese quilting magazines or books and follow the pictures in the instructions.  Sometimes they would ask me to explain certain areas that were not so clear.  I began to research a little bit and found that there were quite a few folks who loved the aesthetic of quilters from around the world.  I opened and launched Stitch Publications.  

And so it has begun...


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