A Passion for Teaching, with Joi Mahon | Episode 66
Learn how author, sewing pro, and teacher Joi Mahon went from doll clothing designer as a youngster to custom bridalwear designer who runs her own business as a grown-up. She shares her journey, including chance meetings and surprising phone calls that led to her success, in Episode 66 of Sewing with Threads.
Today, Joi runs her own sewing and design studio in Sioux City, Iowa, and serves as a McCall’s pattern designer and Craftsy instructor. Known online as Designer Joi, she began sewing at age 6, became a tailor’s assistant during her freshman year of high school, and taught her first class at age 14.
Joi shares her sewing devotion
“I teach to the love and enjoyment before I teach to the meticulous and precision” aspects of sewing, she says, “because if you don’t love something, you are never going to get there.”
One of Joi’s early experiences teaching teens how to make pillowcases made her realize how she can have an impact as a class instructor and make sewing enjoyable.
Joi recommends that those who want to learn how to sew or hone their skills find a good instructor. Listen in for her tips on locating one.
Take a class taught by Joi
Be sure to also check out some of Joi’s articles at ThreadsMagazine.com.
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