My adventures in sewing began with a lion Halloween costume for my 9 month old son and a $99 sewing machine (suggested by my husband in case I didn't "stick with it.") Well, I have definitely stuck with it! Here we are 11 years later and my sewing skills have evolved from kids' Halloween costumes to garments, bags and anything else that strikes my fancy. I love to tackle projects that challenge me to experiment with new skills and techniques. I have a background in Finance, so I desperately needed sewing in my life to keep my right brain active! Teaching has always been in my blood. During my career, I spent time in training development and delivery where I taught all types of classes. Once I decided to stay home with my kids, I began to invest a lot more time in sewing and other creative outlets. I owned my own cake business for several years, but then I realized that I really missed teaching. I spent 5 years teaching cooking classes part time and now, here I am at Urban Spools, loving my role as a teacher once again. When I'm not sewing, I'm spending time with my sweet husband, my son, my daughter and my 2 crazy dogs.
Melissa is a stay-at-home mom to two little girls and loves to sew, quilt, and teach in her free time. She learned to sew in middle school home-ec, but didn't get her first sewing machine until after she graduated college. It actually sat in the box a full year before she got the courage to pull it out and finally re-learn how to use it. She is mad at herself everyday for wasting that year! When Melissa quit her professional career to start her family, she needed a new creative outlet and that is when sewing and quilting took on a major role in her life. Now, Melissa combines her two passions, teaching and sewing, to help others overcome the fear of opening the sewing machine box!
You can find out more about Melissa and what she is up to on her blog, My Fabric Relish.
Rusty earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. where he studied painting with Bill Newman and William Christianberry. He received his Master of Science in Fashion Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Art Education at the University of North Texas focusing on the educational process of the modern tattoo artist. His fine art work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Museum of Art and his fashion work has been featured in runway shows in New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, Washington, and Austin and Dallas. He has spent many years working with start up design labels. In 2013 he decided to take the plunge and launch his own brand Thriii. Thriii, started out has a mens underwear and lounge wear company and most recently has introduced women’s streetwear into the mic. His line has been featured in The Pin Show (Dallas, TX 2014 and 2015), Raw Dallas (Dallas, TX 2015). He is also very excited to announce that he will be debuting his Spring/Summer 2016 collection this September during New York Fashion Week.
Rusty has been teaching fashion design since 2007, and has taught courses in Illustration, Drawing, Fashion Design, Patternmaking, Draping, Collection, Bridal, Knit wear, Lingerie, Technical Design, Trend Forecasting, Product Development and Portfolio. He currently serves as Program Chair for the Fashion Design Department at Wade College and is also the Design Division Director where he oversees the curriculum and instruction of all design course offerings. In January 2012, Rusty began working with the University of North Texas and the State Board of Education constructing standardized curriculum for Fashion Design to be used in local and regional high schools. He is a firm believer that art and culture are the core elements to our humanity and that without these elements society would only be a fraction of what it is today.