Precious Patterns

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Company Name:  Precious Patterns Ė a subsidiary of Lil Cubby, LLC
Designer Name:  Mary Ayres
Home State:  Virginia
Design Specialty:  Sewing

1 How did you first get introduced to your craft?

I took a basic sewing class the summer I turned 12 and Iíve been sewing ever since.

2 What type of patterns do you enjoy designing the most?

I enjoy creating items with cute faces for babies and children.

3 What are you most known for?

I am most known for baby shoe patterns, which were the first patterns I made. Iím always working on new shoe patterns. A baby can never have too many shoes!

4 How do you jump-start your creativity?

I usually look through catalogs that come in the mail to see whatís new for the season.

5 What season inspires you the most?

Every season is full of inspiration, but I think maybe winter because I have the most time for designing.

6 On average, how many new patterns do you design each year?

24-36

7 Is there another craft you'd like to try your hand at?

Over the years, Iíve worked with all types of crafts, including paper, beading, wool felting and painting, selling my original designs to numerous craft and sewing magazines. Right now, Iím just enjoying sewing.

8 What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Taking a walk with my husband at Blandy Farm, the State Arboretum in Virginia, which fortunately for us, is only a few minutes from our house. The scenery is always changing.

9 What three items do you always have in your craft bag?

I enjoy embellishing my designs with ribbon, rick rack and embroidery floss.