A Special Note from Cindy
Hi, my name is Cindy Losekamp. Thank you for visiting my brand new Web site. This site is a dream come true. I hope you will visit often and see all the new things that will be coming in the near future. There will be free downloads, project ideas, pictures of my students from some of the places I teach, and all kinds of fun and exciting ideas for creating.
I have been sewing since I was a little girl, in fact, I can’t remember not sewing. Of course, I come from a sewing family. My Grandmothers both sewed, my Mom sewed and…my Grandpa, my Dad and my Brother sewed…So it’s no surprise that I married a man who sewed when he was young and I raised four sons who all know how to sew. You’re right if you are thinking that I don’t have any daughters. Five males and me…you can imagine that I was definitely outnumbered. I hope someday to have daughters-in-law to spoil and I’ve put my order in for granddaughters, too.
Okay, what is the reason for this wonderful web site? Many years ago I took a job in a sewing machine store (imagine that!) and after a little while, I became manager. Besides the day to day business of selling sewing machines, I was fortunate to be able to teach lots of classes in everything from basic applique to free motion embroidery.
The more I taught, the more classes I devised. Because of the nature of my job, I was able to attend most of the sewing machine conventions and study with many dynamic and creative instructors. Learning from the best just gave me more ideas about using the machine creatively.
After working with the company for awhile, it became my job to coordinate the classes and create and write the newsletter for the three stores where I worked. So naturally, I was always playing catch up…I think I thrive on pressure. In the fall of 1993, I designed a class called ‘Trash Bag Quilting’…in my head of course…no time to make a sample until after I finished writing the mailer and then, I would create it. What I had in mind was, laying bits and pieces of fabric on a background and placing a sheer overlay over it and then practicing the techniques of creating and modifying stitches. Somewhere in the middle of the night, my trash bag quilting became landscape art. What do you think? After the class, I put the notes and the sample away and didn’t teach it again.