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D'Anne is a lifelong crafter, who started making Barbie doll clothes before she was finally able to join 4-H and start learning sewing at age 9. As a 4-Her, she took all the sewing projects available until she aged out at 19. D'Anne studied at 2 universities in her home state of Idaho before transferring to Colorado State University, after she was engaged, where she earned a Liberal Arts Degree in 1999. She worked at the House of Fabrics/JoAnn's in Fort Collins for almost 3 years, while she lived there. After graduation, she moved with her husband to Tucson, AZ, where they spent 22 years and had two children.
D'Anne moved with her family back to Colorado in the Spring of 2021 and is very happy to be back. In Colorado Springs, she has joined the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, where she has made a lot of friends and has been learning and sharing knowledge. D'Anne is an advanced seamstress with experience in almost every aspect of sewing, but is still learning more all the time. She has extensive experience in garment making, including formal gowns, her own wedding dress, which she designed, casual wear and now has been focusing on repurposing thrifted wool. cashmere and silk garments. She also has a lot of experience making bags, including several of her own design, or from patterns which she re-designed or altered.
D'Anne has 40+ years experience as a seamstress and has been an assistant teacher in previous sewing classes. D'Anne is also a vintage sewing machine collector and has ~15 vintage machines which she has done all the work on to clean, troubleshoot and restore, although several of them are still a work in progress. D'Anne lives near Cheyenne Mountain with her husband, two sons, four dogs and three cats.

Pic is D'Anne wearing her recycled cashmere robe

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2024 Artist Bio

Dale Mueller Smith BS, MA, BA
Studio Artist, WGaS 2023
I am a Contemporary Fiber Artist who enjoys all things fiber: from soft embroidery floss to paper to hard barbed wire! I have consistently exhibited my visual art in galleries around town. My professional experience includes working for the Fine Arts Center at CC, the Manitou Art Center, and the Bemis School of Art. My creative curriculum development and teaching has included people from 3 to 83!
At this moment in time, I am interested in the intuitive and spontaneous process of creating art for home, fashion and galleries “as the creative art Spirit moves through me” in real time. I look forward to creating next to you!!!

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Bio for WGAS: Dorothy Kielty
I am a wife, mother, stepmother, and grandmother to the most beautiful and creative people ever! My wonderful and supportive husband, Mike, and I have been married since September of 2023. Yes, we’re newlyweds! Previously, I was widowed from a wonderful relationship of over 30 years. My life is blessed with wonderful people and surrounded by creative pursuits.
I have been retired since 2020, but in the past I have had many jobs including electronics technician/computer engineer (19 years) and real estate salesperson (17 years). In both those jobs I loved helping people, teaching, and creating and designing. Now I love expressing my creativity and relaxing by making journals, and I love how people’s faces light up when they receive them.
I have been crafting all my life. Some of the crafts I’ve done include: quilting, scrapbooking, digital design, and beading. All of these are used in my newest pursuit: making journals. You can call my journals junk journals, and although I do use some junk in all of them, I also use digital pages printed out, beautiful vintage items, and fabric and lace. For example, quilt squares make lovely covers for journals, adding color and texture. Beads are used to make dangles for the closure, and beautiful embellishments on the spine of the book. Mail junk can be cut into pockets and tags and trimmed with lace or fun images for journaling and decoration.
I hope you’ll come on this journey with me.

It's a good life!

Dorothy Kielty
720-737-2991

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Elizabeth (aka “E”) recently moved to Colorado Springs from State College, PA, where she taught creative writing and composition courses at Penn State. With a BFA in Fashion Design from The University of North Texas and experience in sewing, jewelry designing, painting, drawing, collaging, journal and assemblage making, she is currently combining her art background with her passion for teaching, at Who Gives A Scrap. In her recent artistic endeavors, she utilizes upscaled & recycled materials, and encourages others to make creative use of what’s around us and seek out supplies/mediums at second-hand stores.

E is also a published fiction writer and National Park enthusiast who enjoys hiking, backpacking and river rafting.

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Melissa Butch is one of our resident studio artists. She is a fiber artist with 8 years of knitting and 15 years of crocheting under her belt. She has an 11 year old, 2 cats, 3 salamanders and a husband at home. She is new to teaching but super excited about getting the opportunity to spread her love of knitting to others.

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Bio for WGAS: Dorothy Kielty
I am a wife, mother, stepmother, and grandmother to the most beautiful and creative people ever! My wonderful and supportive husband, Mike, and I have been married since September of 2023. Yes, we’re newlyweds! Previously, I was widowed from a wonderful relationship of over 30 years. My life is blessed with wonderful people and surrounded by creative pursuits.
I have been retired since 2020, but in the past I have had many jobs including electronics technician/computer engineer (19 years) and real estate salesperson (17 years). In both those jobs I loved helping people, teaching, and creating and designing. Now I love expressing my creativity and relaxing by making journals, and I love how people’s faces light up when they receive them.
I have been crafting all my life. Some of the crafts I’ve done include: quilting, scrapbooking, digital design, and beading. All of these are used in my newest pursuit: making journals. You can call my journals junk journals, and although I do use some junk in all of them, I also use digital pages printed out, beautiful vintage items, and fabric and lace. For example, quilt squares make lovely covers for journals, adding color and texture. Beads are used to make dangles for the closure, and beautiful embellishments on the spine of the book. Mail junk can be cut into pockets and tags and trimmed with lace or fun images for journaling and decoration.
I hope you’ll come on this journey with me.

It's a good life!

Dorothy Kielty
720-737-2991

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