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Our Teachers

Here at the Sewing Center of Wesley Chapel, we are very proud to have such a talented teacher staff for our 2019 classes.

All of them are very enthusiastic, creative and have a profound love for sewing. It is wonderful to see their dedication to teaching and helping our customers.
Come and visit to meet them and take some of the different classes they will have scheduled during the year.


Carol Bull

At the age of seven I joined the community 4-H Club where I learned and perfected the art of sewing for pleasure and competition until going off to college. Each year we were required to make at least one outfit to be submitted for judging at the local level, as well as county and state fairs. Perfection was required to secure those coveted blue ribbons. So I learned it.
During those years, I was also taught the art of quilting by my grandmother who spent summers with my family. Our block patterns were chosen from the designs published in the Saturday night paper. Template pieces were made from cereal box cardboard, traced onto fabric and laboriously cut and pieced by hand. It wasn’t until many years later that I was introduced to rotary cutting and machine quilting through several TV sewing and quilting shows. My grandchildren, great niece and nephew, as well as new babies of co-workers and friends have been the recipients of my work as I experimented with different techniques and designs.
When my children were little and my budget was tight, I made most of our clothes. I also had the opportunity to learn how to make traditional African ethnic clothing and for several years had a small custom sewing business.
My Bachelor’s Degree is in Art History, Painting and Photography. I also have Master’s Degrees in Business and Project Management. One of my jobs during my career was managing the Graphics Department for a large hospital corporation. All of these skills have come together and are being put to use in my series of Sew With Carol projects that I teach at the Sewing Center of Tampa Bay. Not only do I research projects, but also create many patterns from photos, and provide photographically illustrated instructions for each project.
Please join me for a Carol Sews class and learn new sewing skills by creating fun and useful projects with your Husqvarna Viking sewing machine and its accessories.
See you in class!!

Carol White

After nursing school I was married and had three children.  Once the children came I taught Sunday School, which led to Den Mother, Troop Leader and all around helper at the church and school.  As the kids grew up, I found more time for myself and found the wonderful world of quilting.  I had always sewn but quilting was new for me.  That changed my life.

            One class after another brought me more confidence and I taught my first class.  Once I realized everyone was pleased with my classes, I decided to become certified.  Eleanor Burns was coming to Tampa so I took her class and became a certified instructor. I have been teaching her classes and many others ever since. I love quilting and sewing- it is my passion.  I hope to encourage new inspiration to all my students.  It is relaxing, enjoyable and you can be as creative as you wish to be.

Rebecca Armstrong

Laundry is never finished. There will always be more dishes to do, but when you sew something, it STAYS done! Rebecca has been sewing since she was seven, when her grandmother sat her down at the quilt frame and taught her to quilt by hand. She made her own wedding dress as well as her daughter’s wedding dress 22 years later. She has produced countless costumes, quilts, bags, toys, and home décor items. If you’ve always wanted to sew like your grandmother did, or make that cool thing you saw on Pinterest, Rebecca can help.
 

Sandy Feldman

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, the youngest of three, sewing and other needle crafts were a part of my upbringing.  My grandmother taught me needlepoint and embroidery and my mother taught me how to knit and sew.  By the time I was 10, I was using our old Singer to make simple garments and continued sewing intermittently through my teen years. I think I am most proud of a prom dress I made for a friend.

After a move to Florida with my parents, college then teaching kept me busy for the next few years. I do remember sewing curtains and covering cushions for my first apartment. After I married and was expecting a child, sewing became more important to me. Baby blankets, room decorations, and diaper covers to match my daughter’s outfits were some of my projects. As the years flew by the sewing machine came out periodically to make costumes and for home décor.

In 2009 I was diagnosed with cancer, retired and fell in love with quilting. After taking several classes I became somewhat proficient in the craft. I became intrigued by machine embroidery and how I could incorporate it into quilts and so branched out.   

Now I sew for the love of sewing. I enjoy the challenges of learning new ways to create something beautiful and useful from bits of fabric and thread. I have made t-shirt quilts for fundraisers, memory quilts, quilts for friends and family and even done a bit of commission work. In the past few years, I have tried my hand at bagmaking, free motion quilting and quilting with rulers. Trying to balance my learning challenges with fun quick creations, I discovered the joy of “in the hoop” projects. 

Recently I realized I wanted more and become part of the sewing family at the Sewing Center. While teaching, I am also mastering new skills. Currently I am an official Kimberbella, a certified OESD Embroidery Specialist and have two certifications from Baby Lock. My goal is to share my enthusiasm of everything machine sewing and quilting can offer.


Valerie Herren

I have always loved anything that involved creating. I remember being introduced to needle point, cross-stitch, knitting and sewing as a child and enjoying it so much! But it wasn’t until I was an adult that I really began to pursue sewing.

 

Fortunate to have been given my grandmother’s sewing machine and serger, I started using the sewing machine right away. However, the serger just looked scary and I didn’t really understand what it was. 

 

My interest in sewing swimwear and leotards for my daughters provided the opportunity and motivation to begin to learn what a serger could do. I studied my grandma’s serger workbook and soaked up online tutorials. I learned I love sergers! As I became more confident, I started a YouTube channel to share what I have learned. I enjoy teaching and hope to inspire others to love serging too!