Smith Owen Sewing & Quilting

Sue Spargo Returns to Smith-Owen

We are delighted to have Sue Spargo coming to Smith Owen Sewing on October 14-17.  Sue travels the world teaching her wool techniques and we are very fortunate to have her visit us in West Michigan. It is indeed a great opportunity and treat to take a class with her. This event is always a favorite and many stitchers have enjoyed it more and more each year.  Just seeing Sue's work up close and being able to see the nuances of the textures and stitches is inspiration that has help us all grow in our own stitching. 

New This Year: Sue will be doing two 2-Day Workshops

Folktails - Small Study Workshop by Sue Spargo

Join Sue for two days of creative stitching in her newest class!

Design and hand stitch a small piece featuring animal images from her book Folktails. This small study workshop is presented as a creative design class, allowing each participants piece to be unique.


About Sue:

Southern Africa has had a considerable influence on my life and creativity.  I was born in Zambia and then, in the nearby country of South Africa, I received my education and trained to be a nurse, I soon moved to England; this shift between two very different environments and cultures inspired many of my designs.  The stark contrasts between the arid beige and browns of the African bushveld and the lush greens of the rolling hills of Southern England have continued to be a rich source of ideas.

I am influenced especially by the energy and color of traditional African designs.  All these early experiences combined to stir my love of “primitive” arts and crafts and grew into my focus on folk-art.


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