Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Meet the Designer: Elizabeth of August Sewing


Hey, it's me, Elizabeth Taylor-Olding of August Sewing. I live in Minnesota, but I'm originally from the Golden State of California. Regardless of my location, I'm surrounded by cuteness at all times.

I have three children, two boys who are out of the house already and a tween daughter, Lark. I refer to our family as the Olding Creative Team. The roles are determined by skill set. Me, well, I'm mostly making and organizing, and buying stuff. My husband, Robert is President in charge of making taking pretty pictures. Lark is the idea girl, who likes to try new styles and has the face of an angel. The team is rounded out by our Fu, the occasionally disgruntled, but mostly willing supervisor, and Georgette, heart of gold, team player, excellent bowl cleaning.

I started sewing a couple of years ago. My entry into the craft world was first working on crochet and trying to learn knitting. However, after having too many scarves and cowls even for someone who lives in Minnesota, I had thought maybe I'd try to crochet bags. All I needed was a sewing machine to making linings. And so it goes, I found sewing and fabric more satisfying due to the speed in which you can turn the raw materials into fruition.

I've been enamored with the sewing community, the ingenuity and hive-mindedness. I enjoy the machines and other accouterments required for sewing...making things that fit my beautiful creature, Lark really well....and finding fabric treasures. I sewed and loved; and I loved sewing. And eventually my love of fabric became overwhelming.

If only I could sew every lovely piece of fabric myself, but alas, I only have two hands and 24 hours in a day. Obviously, I needed a fabric shop, Goldie Olding Fabrics. Owning a fabric shop has brought me joy. Imagine you could send all your sweethearts (AKA customers) all of your favorite things (in this case fabric), so they could turn it into something special, unique, loved, and useful. That's my life!

I've kept up with Project Run + Play! for a while on Facebook. The challenges are what piqued my interest. Being locked into a specific theme can actually help the creative process. Indeed, there is value in a shared sewing experience, and in the end, seeing the variations on a theme. My personal style is simple, natural fibers mostly, but I love something weird, vintage, or deadstock.

A photo of Elizabeth Taylor-Olding

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