Hello lovelies! Today I'm interviewing another of the very amazing UJAMAA GRANDMAS - Nita!
Tell us a little about yourself!
I have been sewing for at least 44 years. I started sewing in school so I learned from my teacher and also from my Mom. I usually sew every week and I always have a project on the go.
Wild Horses quilt
How did you get involved with UJAMAA GRANDMAS?
I've been volunteering with UJAMAA GRANDMAS for five years or so. I got involved by going to one of their sales and realizing that I could contribute to the group. At first, I mostly did knitting for the group but it didn't take long for me to start sewing for them as well. I got involved with the Grannies for a number of reasons. I have great respect for Stephen Lewis and his foundation. I believe in the work the foundation does. Making things for the Grannies allows me to do the things I love and to contribute as much as I am able to. The Grannies are a group of fantastic women who are passionate about the work they do.
What do you like to sew?
I'm fairly new to bag making. Just this year I participated in a UJAMAA GRANDMAS workshop on making bags with Patty and I was instantly bitten by the bag bug. So far, I've mostly made bags from the Bag of the Month Club
. I use fabric that I have in my stash and also fabric from the GRANDMAS. I mostly like working with boldly patterned fabric.
Bright Shopper from workshop and BOMC April 2016 bag (Gabby)
I also sew outside of the charity sale. I've made bags for myself and also as gifts. I also sew clothes and home decor items as well as designing and making quilts. I also do thread painting on silk.
Knit hippy mice
You sound multi-talented! What do you hope for the future?
I hope to continue making things for UJAMAA GRANDMAS as long as I am able to. I also want to continue in my other sewing projects. I am interested in dyeing fabric, batik and surface design. I'm hoping to start selling items of my own design. I also paint and I'm thinking about painting fabric for bags to make one-of-a-kind items.
Needle felted critter and Fabric bowl
Thanks Nita! Next week we'll be profiling our third and final UJAMAA GRANDMA - Patty!