Ruthie started sewing when she was five years old, influenced by her mother who taught her to hand embroider. As her skills improved she started sewing on her mother’s sewing machine, making doll clothes and then started sewing clothes for herself and has since made menswear, formal and bridalwear, lingerie and millinery. In high school she took art classes and with some encouragement decided to become an Art major and obtained a BA in visual arts. Among her many job experiences she has taught Art Classes in public schools and adult education, learned to weave and supplied interior decorators with rag rugs, became a full-time studio artist creating weavings and ceramics along with participating in art shows. After taking a quilting class, she started teaching quilting at a local quilt shop. Putting her drawing abilities to work she started designing her own line of quilt patterns with the most popular depicting “Florida Endangered Species” featuring applique and thread painting. Ruthie continues to grow her skills by taking classes in mixed media, water colors, drawing, sketching, stenciling, lettering, acrylic painting, and stamp carving. She is learning to put them all to good use in journaling, scrapbooking and card making. Through the years Ruthie has taught many classes, some include Basket Making, Color Bliss, The three F’s (fun, fast, fantastic) introduction to Rotary Cutting and Quilt Making, Doll Making, Stamp Carving, Stencil Making, Fabric Painting, Free Motion Quilting, and Thread Painting. Ruthie has worked at FAS from the beginning, is a member of the Fiber Muse group, and can help answer your fabric art questions.