Mikala opened The Creative Sewing Studio in 2007 first as a custom handbag and clothing business that has since evolved into a thriving sewing fashion and art studio for adults and children.
Mikala began sewing at the age of six and received formal training while enrolled in the fashion program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Mikala has worked as a stitcher and dresser for various theatre and fashion companies throughout New England. In addition, she has taught creative and fashion sewing classes for various organizations and schools in the north east from the Attleboro Art Museum in Attleboro, MA to School One in Providence, RI to The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY to name a few.
Mikala says, “I’ve always enjoyed the creative process, fun, bright fabrics, the challenges, the rewards, the therapeutic nature and exciting world of sewing. When I began to incorporate lessons into my handbag business, it was a blessing. I found that I love teaching equally as much as I enjoy designing and constructing. I really enjoy meeting and exploring this skill with others. There is nothing better than to see someone’s face light up when they have finished a project or when they learn to do something they previously couldn’t. Teaching allows me to share my passion with others and helps me to continue to grow as a person, artist and teacher.”
When Mikala isn’t sewing and teaching you can find her doing just about anything involving the outdoors and music from bike riding to gardening, canoeing to snowboarding, music festivals to dancing.
Rodney has earned degrees in business management, culinary arts and a certification in mixology. He plays an intrical role at the studio through maintenance, product development and construction. Rodney says,
“Working with fabric and raw materials is similar to producing great food. You have the start of something amazing and with a little effort and creativity the end result magnifies the beginning. Working with fabric and food is a way for me to use my hands and my inspiration at once. Both of these arts are creative and practical. We all need to eat and we all need to wear clothing.”
Rodney is also owner of C & C Property Maintenance. A landscaping company that specializes in providing superior lawn maintenance and customer service to the community.
Specializing in offering knitting and crochet workshops, Heather Amaral is our Yarn Art Instructor. Heather brings her southern charm, humor and patience to each of her classes and all of her students. Her passion for her craft is contagious. Once she teaches you the basics you may find when you start, you just can’t stop!
Heather learned to knit and crochet as a young girl at the knee of her grandmother. “It seemed like magic that I could create something from two sticks and a little string. I was hooked!” She has pursued this hobby in earnest over the past three decades, providing handmade baby blankets, warm socks and afghans at each gift giving opportunity. As a Southerner relocated to New England, she is now focusing on knitting woolen scarves and mittens. Heather has a laid back teaching style and wants everyone to enjoy the process. As she says, “there are no mistakes in knitting or crocheting, only ‘design elements’ that make each creation one of a kind!”
Valerie Zagami is one of our quilting and applique instructors. She began as a child at her grandmother’s side and learned to sew, embroider, and anything to do with thread and cloth. She started with her dolls clothing and moved on to find herself attending school for Fashion Design in Boston, MA. Valerie’s bright smile, energetic, kind and warm personality make her a wonderful fit at the studio. Her easy going nature is comforting and her skill level is beyond measure.
In addition to being a skilled sewist, Valerie was a long time North Attleboro resident who owned her own business there, Tea and Trinketts. She has always been extremely active in the community being North Attleboro Town Selectman, a DARE Volunteer, Girl and Boy Scout Leader, Attleboro Community Council Member and Parent Aide for New Hope to mention a few.
Alyssa is one of our children’s sewing instructors. Her patience, good nature and bubbly personality make her a hit with all our little sewists. Alyssa once too was a little sewist where her love and passion for sewing developed at a very young age. Sewing for as long as she can remember, she began creating pillows and doll blankets advancing to items like her senior prom dress and creating clothing, costumes and so much more in her adult life!
In addition to degrees in theatre and music, Alyssa holds a master seamstress certificate. She has worked as a stitcher and dresser for several organizations around the country, from the Cornerstone University Theater to the Connecticut Repertory Theatre to the Ocean State Theatre and beyond.
When Alyssa isn’t sitting behind a sewing machine you may find her knitting, crocheting, creating jewelry, reading or enjoying a ballet or tap class.