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.
Maryanne EdwardsMaryanne is one our sewing & art instructors. She has a degree in Art and English from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Suffolk University. She began sewing as a young girl creating wardrobes for her dolls. Today she makes most of her own wardrobe. Maryanne enjoys creating with fabric in unusual ways. She also makes jewelry and mixed media collages. When she isn’t teaching or creating she loves skiing with her husband and 2 sons.
Alyssa is one of our instructors and pattern developers. 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.
With several children of her own and years volunteering with children Miss Kathy is a natural instructor. Her patience and guidance is perfect when working with our little sewists.
In her down time Kathy enjoys sewing everything from clothing to accessories to crafts. She also adores and loves spending time with her two new puppies, Wolfgang and Penny.