AthenaWeaves

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I have been an avid sewer since I was in High School. My interest in sewing began several hours after the 1981 Royal Wedding. Why? because as a young girl I wondered how copies of Lady Di's wedding dress were available in London store windows just hours after she appeared at St. Paul's Cathedral. I was fascinated by ‘how did they DO that.’ When I finally took sewing as a high schooler I learned how to copy many of Princess Di’s wardrobe pieces. I became a runner up in a McCall pattern contest for high schoolers, never mind the year. ;-)

Well sew (so) many years latter I’m on to Oscar dresses, Sex and the City outfits and of course America’s new beautiful First Lady Michelle Obama. (hmmm, I’m still hunting down the wool lace she wore on Inauguration Day thanks to Isabella Toledo)

What has remained a constant part of my sewing routine is Touton Press, especially Threads magazine and now Sew Stylish. I remember the very first issue with a lady sitting a loom. My mom brought the issue home while I was still in high school and it opened up a whole new world to me. The fiber arts. As a teenager my knowledge of art was limited to painter, sculptor, dancer, composer and writer. Of course as a young woman I drooled over Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Woman’s Wear Daily. Threads magazine remains as the bridge to achieve what fashion I see in print, movies and TV. A big thank you to Tauton Press to help me grow as an artist.

What’s with this name Athena Weaves?
I chose the nick name Athena Weaves because I loved Greek mythology in school. I learned that not only was Athena the goddess of prudent war and wisdom she was the goddess of weaving and needle arts. The very mediums I love so a nick name was born. (Remember the Odyssey? Penelope waited for her Odysseus while weaving a giant ships mass. In one version of the story Athena came to the weaving Penelope and urged her not to worry.) I don’t like to fight and how wise I am? Well it’s rude to boast in polite company, but I am proud of my fiber arts prowess so I’ll leave it at that.

I am sew excited to be in a nurturing environment for the fiber arts. It is sew important that we encourage, admire and support fellow seamstresses and crafters as we ooh and ahh over projects posted.

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, home decorating, jewelry making, knitting, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 06/01/2009

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recent comments

Re: How to Make a Sewn Necklace

Thank you for the post. I have noticed the shift in necklaces with designers like Marni. I'd say more but I'm off to try making my own....let you know how it works out.

Re: Peacock Fascinator, Elegant, OOAK, Birdcage Veil

Moove over Sara Jessica THIS is the veil she SHOULD have worn in the SATC movie. Absolutely beautiful. Prince William's girl should be calling you to get ready for Royal Ascot and I mean this sincerely your artistry is fit for a future princess!

Re: The Winner of the the SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge is...

Congratulations to you Little Rachel! Your dress is absolutely lovely. Here’s to you and Gertie T for keeping my needles sharp in some really stiff competition. I am honored to have been a finalist with two such talented ladies. I can’t WAIT until the next contest. Ladies start your sewing machines. With affection to all Athena Weaves.

Re: Book Giveaway on ThreadsMagazine.com

Silk Ribbon is my passion. You know, Threads magazine came out when I was in high school sewing class just learning how to keep my seams strait without sewing my thumbs. My mom came home with the first issue and I was hooked. Threads became the bridge to attempting designer looks seen in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and WWD. The magazine is a regular part of my sewing routine as much as my sewing machine is. I’d write some more but I’ve gotta get going to get the stories in this next issue……

Re: Origami Sun Dress

Thank you so very much for both of your strong encouragement. This meant so much to me. I worked so hard on something I’ve never quite attempted before. I’m just thankful it turned out good enough for someone else to appreciate. Thank you both very much again!

Re: Twirly Spring - Sewstylish Fashion Contest

Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment. You know my sister encountered a goofy thing trying to see this contest on her laptop. I was very happy to be in the contest with you.

Re: Choose the Winner of the SewStylish Spring Fashion Contest

Thank you to the editors for having this contest. I am so honored to be a finalist! I think the dresses designed by Little Rachel and Gertie T are so beautiful. I am honored to be at this point with them.

Re: "On the Borderline"

Your boarder work is so elegant I really admire your hand work. Your garments look like they came from a fancy boutique and well they did because ‘You’ made them with love, artistry and hard work. Good luck with your entry. I love your use of soft colors.

Re: Summer Elegance

Your fabric is gorgeous! I wish I had a few yards to work with myself. Good luck with your entry! I really like the detail work you did with the straps of your dress. Take Care.

Re: My creations

Wow is right! In your spare time? My darling Sophie Coppola should have hired you to do the costuming for ‘Marie Antoinette’ you are every inch the professional. You know one of my sewing goals before I become too old to sew is to make a gown in the style of Marie. Do you consult? Simply divine. A+ and then some. You are someone to follow.

Re: Summer Breeze

You did a lovely job on your Granddaughter’s dress; she looks so pretty and ready fun in the sun in her new dress. You knew what color would compliment her pretty blond hair. I like how the flirty bow and the scalloped hem add a feminine touch. Good luck with your entry. I’m glad you teach sewing, your girls will learn a lot from you.

Re: Butterfly Garden

Will you come and show me how to machine embroider? Your workmanship is absolutely divine. I’m in awe. I learned about black-work from my Grandmother when we bought her an embroidery book by Erica Wilson (ok I’m really showing my age). Good luck with your entry. Your dress is absolutely lovely I adore it so much I wish I had one as well :-)

Re: Toile de Jouy

You are soooo ready for the French country side. Your fabric is so lovely I wish I had some to make my own dress with. Toil is one of my favorite prints and it looks beautiful complimenting your dark hair. I admire your use of black trims to enhance the dress. Good luck with your entry! See you in Provence. :-)

Re: Purple Passion

I admire your embroidery work! It ads a romantic look to this pattern. Good luck with your entry and don’t let this be the last contest you enter! :-)

Re: Sunset Style - Sewstylish Spring Challenge Contest

I love your embroidery work! I don’t think I would have had the bravery to attempt that for this contest. Your camisole looks so lovely and the color is beautiful on you. Good luck with your entry!

Re: Sassy Stripes

I really admire your gown. Not only do the stripes match they match on the diagonal! You are a master at it! Now if only you could teach me how to attempt Hong Kong seaming ;-) Good luck with your entry!

Re: Twirly Spring - Sewstylish Fashion Contest

Your use of coordinating fabrics is really lovely. There truly is an art to that and you have really mastered it. Your daughter looks lovely in her dress. Good luck I hope you get the sewing machine.

Re: night of roses

I have admired your entry since you posted. You have more bravery than I do to attempt a corset. Good luck with your entry! The fabric you chose is so beautiful and looks so lovely on you. Got any left? No keep it and make another beautiful garment.