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Kristyne Czepuryk

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I’m a walking cliche.  It’s true.

  • Married my high school sweetheart
  • Worked until we started a family
  • Was a stay-at-home mom for 12 years and then went back to the daily grind 4 years ago
  • My two daughters – who are growing up way too fast – inspire me
  • Designing fabric was a fantasy that became a dream that is now a reality
  • Favourite colour?  Pink, of course!

If you’re interested in a little more background, I did many regular things growing up like piano lessons, Girl Guides (I’m Canadian), assorted sports – which I wasn’t particularly good at – and learned to sew from my practical mom and very talented aunt.

I was always crafty by nature.  Making things is in my DNA.  But I always preferred making things with fabric.  I made my first quilt when I was 19 – an English-paper-pieced grandmother’s flower garden (with cardboard templates that I made myself) and I haven’t stopped quilting since.  I’m sure I’ve made over 200 quilts by now.

After earning an English degree, I realized that although it was a respectable achievement, on its own wasn’t very … useful.  So I went back to school and got a Public Relations diploma and became employable.

PR people, however, requires communicating with the public – as in tv interviews – as in “Live at 5, film at 11”.  I figured out pretty fast that I’m SO not cut out for that sort of thing.  I’m a total doofus on tv.  So I looked for something more behind the scenes.

That’s how I ended up writing computer manuals, policy and procedure manuals, training manuals, annual reports, etc.  That might sound like all kinds of boring, but I actually enjoy technical writing.

Got married.  Worked a bit more.  Became a mom.  Twice.  So happy.  So wonderful.  (So tired.)

When my second daughter came along I decided to make myself a pretty diaper bag to replace the ratty old diaper backpack I’d inherited.  Somehow, I accidentally ended up selling quilted and handbags of all sizes, wallets, pillows, Christmas stockings, lavender sachets (all original designs of mine) at a local consignment shop.

After about a year I started teaching bag-making classes at a local quilt shop.  That turned into a bigger job as I took on sample making, pattern writing, project design, and even ran the embroidery club too.  I made 100+ display quilts and other things.

That all led to my blog and pattern company, Pretty by Hand, which led to an embroidery book, “S is for Stitch”, and a few other publication contributions.

When my girls were old enough, I went back to work.  Wow did that ever cut into my fun time.  But it unexpectedly opened a new door.  My boss was outsourcing graphic design work and I knew that if I had the technical skills I could do it myself.  That led to 2 years of night classes and a graphic design certificate.

Little did I know that my long-time fantasy of becoming a fabric designer was just around the corner.  I spent another year researching textile design and honing my fledgling graphic skills.

And now … here I am!  Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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