Friday, September 17, 2010

2010 SCHMETZ Portfolio Designer - Mary Mulari

Mary's Favorite Needle:  Quick Threading Needle

Mary Mulari
Mary is soooo creative and thoughtful.  She says, "If a friend purchases a new sewing machine, I celebrate by giving a special gift of my favorite sewing notions including SCHMETZ needles.  You can really never have too many.  If the person is my age or older I know she will love the SCHMETZ Quick Threading needles."

Mary is from a small town in Minnesota.  As you can guess she sees a lot of snow and wears a lot of sweaters. 

Mary in her sewing studio
with a few "good" sweaters

I'm guessing all those cold winter days inspire Mary to sew, design and write especially about how to recycle all those sweaters that are still good, but no longer in style . . . maybe a little tight or slightly worn.  I don't know about you, but I just cannot throw out or donate all my nearly "good" sweaters. . . . but  Mary has the answer!

Recycle . . . Repurpose . . . Restyle

Whatever you call it Mary has patterns from her Sew Green Makeovers to give new life to that pile of sweaters and other too "good" to let go garments - sweaters into scarves, mittens and hats, turning a man's shirt into an apron.  Mary is one of Nancy Zieman's most frequent guests on Sewing with Nancy. Together they created the Sew Green Makeovers DVD showing transformations of too "good" to let go garments into stylish creative makeovers. 

Midwest Ya Ya Sisters!
Rita Farro and Mary
 When Mary's not appearing on TV with Nancy, writing books and designing you may find her performing with Rita Farro in the unflappable Midwest Ya Ya Sisters.  Yep, this duo has their own act -  performing at sewing venues around the country.  Sewing, sisterhood and life's quirky encounters have new meanings with these two.  They keep their audiences in "stitches".  Prepare to laugh!  Don't miss them!

Winter is not too far off.  Do you have a few sweaters that can be repurposed in time for snow?  Check out Mary's website for her books, patterns and innovative ideas at

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