Evenly spaced stitches tightly bind together brightly coloured fabrics, while new creations take shape on Debbie's craft table. Sewing is an old art form that gets remixed with her skillful sewing machine which she uses to create her pieces of ...
“I wanted to find my passion”, she replies when asked about what inspired her work. She started sewing in a Block A Day event. The pleasure this brought her was enough for her to start thinking about sewing as a passion. Debbie Beemer began pulling at memory strings. In elementary school she was taught and practiced rudimentary embroidery stitches. She laughs at remembering the big clunky stitches of her 9 year old self. Then, later in her Grade 8 Home Economics classes she learnt how to read a sewing pattern.
During a weekend quilting course taken on Haida Gwaii over 30 years ago, she went down another sewing path and further deepened her love of combining colourful fabrics. Now, there are many community members, family and friends with Debbie's work adorning their daily lives and being used in their homes. Over the years she has taken the time to sew, mend, repair, and remake different patterns or clothes to suit her needs while honing her skills and artistic pursuits.
When she is not sewing, she has spent time learning how to work with various notions, how to use different sewing machines, worked with hand needles to create mementos for tourists to carry home, but she always returns to the fabrics. She buys them by the yard or salvages material, and spends a lot of time looking at fabric online. She keeps them neatly folded and stacked on a shelf like delicately cared for books.
“I have so many fabrics” she says and quickly counts them “maybe 200 pieces all with different patterns. I can’t wait to use most of them.”
The unique material is all destined to become “quilts, tea towels, handmade grocery bags, zipper pouches, and beach bags for her customers to use and reuse” she says. “I concentrate on producing a nice variety of practical, fun, and useful items” says Debbie. She shares that her wild, colourful fabric choices help her sales and so she will continue to colour our world in a bold way if it means she gets to spend more time with the fabric that she is passionate about.
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