Name: Christina Neuschwander
Location: Kent (Seattle) Washington
Profession: high school history teacher
Craft(s) of Choice: sewing bags and purses, also blankets and some children’s clothing, I also do lots of other crafty things, I just like lots of different types of crafts!
My mom made me learn to sew in elementary school as a part of 4-H…I wanted to grow cows instead!!! When I got into junior high and high school, I stopped sewing – it wasn’t cool! But then, I went to college, and realized that sewing wasn’t something that a lot of people did, and in fact, was something that people would pay me to do for them, so I started to get back into it. When I got a teaching job, people where I worked began to find out that I sewed and I started getting requests for baby blankets and t-shirt blankets. I started making things to sell when I moved to Seattle last year and am really trying to get an etsy business going (columbialily.etsy.com). The cost of living is much higher here than where I lived and I took a pay cut to move here, so the craft thing not only helps me relax (teaching can be quite stressful….150 teenagers a day – fun times!) but also adds a tiny little bit to my income. I like sewing the best, but I have also taught myself to scrapbook, refinish and recover furniture, decoupage, knit and crochet, among other things. I love “upcycling” or using items in nontraditional ways and am particularly interested in using t-shirts for something besides what they were initially designed for.