Meet sisters Karen Golden Smith and Terri Golden DeFoor!
As a teenager, Terri learned to sew by choosing “How to Sew” patterns, and following the directions with micro-accuracy. “I used my seam ripper as much as my shears and my sewing machine, and learned through a lot of trial and error,” explains Terri. “By the time I graduated high school, I could sew any pattern in the pattern book. I made dresses and jackets and swim suits and tailored men’s pants and sport coats.”
Terri has a bachelor’s degree in history and writing, with minor in business, from Mercer University. She has been married to D.Jay for 35 years, and they now have an empty nest after raising two sons and a daughter.
Karen holds a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Georgia. Her career in education has included teaching home economics to high school students, including sewing, for fourteen years; she is now a middle school counselor, and is presently working on her Education Specialist Degree, also in school counseling. With a full time job and going to school, finding time to be creative is a challenge for Karen. She looks forward to her retirement in a little over four years. “I really do love my job, but my sewing machine is forever calling,” says Karen. “I manage to squeeze in a little time in my sewing room when I can.”
Karen has two daughters who are now both grown, on their own, and married. Having two girls to sew for all those years brought a great deal of joy to her life. Karen has been married for 29 years to her sweetheart, Walon.
Anyone who has spent just a few minutes with Terri and Karen together knows that they are close sisters, they love to laugh, and they both love to sew. Karen credits Terri for her inspiration in learning the craft as she watched her make so many nice outfits when they were just teens. However, it wasn’t until a few years later and some life experience before Karen began to see sewing for practicality, fun and creativity. Terri was always Karen’s “go-to” person and in many ways, she still is!
Golden Needles Designs is a business endeavor that these sisters have talked about launching for years. They are offering beginning sewing courses beginning in June of 2012. The studio will be open most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, for classes and open studio time. They plan to offer other courses as time allows and interest grows.
If you live in the middle Georgia area, and would like more information on Golden Needles Design Studio and beginning sewing courses, they would love to hear from you!
To contact Terri and Karen for information on their classes, email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sisters Karen and Terri