Like most stitching enthusiasts, Elizabeth’s love of stitching and textiles started at an early age and was encouraged by beloved family members.
Through the years, Elizabeth intertwined her love of stitching into her everyday life. In 1988, Elizabeth started to finish needlework professionally for local and national needlework shops; in 1996, with the encouragement of Edna Medlin, Elizabeth combined her BFA in Art with her love of needlework and started Finger Work.
In 2001, she joined with Lori Vermillion of Just One More and started Dames of the Needle, of which she became sole proprietor in 2004.
Through the years the companies have intertwined and become one company. Elizabeth has expanded both companies and now designs for the retail market and magazines; she also teaches for ANG National, EGA National, local and national Sampler Guilds, shops and other groups.
In 2013, Elizabeth started a new sister company, From the Cauldron, which dyes trims for the finishing market. At the moment, the trim line includes cotton Rick Rack, Baby Pom Poms, Chenille, and Dupioni Silk Ribbon. This company has brought Elizabeth full circle back to the world of finishing.
Elizabeth loves the challenge of designing in 3-D, and that is why for the 2014 Needle Arts Festival, she is presenting a little Christmas House ornament and a Christmas House Sewing Box.
On a personal note, Elizabeth grew up 45 minutes away from Williamsburg, Va., in Franklin, Va., and is thrilled to be asked to teach back in her homeland. In her youth, she was lucky enough to attend several school field trips to Williamsburg. Her family was very enthusiastic about colonial life, so they often went through Surry and rode the ferry over to stroll through Jamestown and Williamsburg on weekends and holidays. She was also very fortunate to spend several summers and even winters sailing off the shores of Yorktown in her family’s sailboats.
She has two children of her own now, Isabelle and Miguel.