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4112 S College Ave, Suite 112,
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Between Chili House & Hobby Lobby

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat:  9am - 2pm
Sun:  Closed
We will be closed for
the following Holidays:
New Years, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving & Christmas.


Jo Barley, Teacher
Jo's interest in sewing began at an early age, first with hand sewing and embroidery and then machine sewing in 8th grade. She has taught herself mostly, but takes classes at every opportunity. She has attended National Conventions of both Smocking Guild of America Sewing Guild. She is proficient at tailoring, ribbon work and more.

She began her business (Jo Barley Originals) in 1987. She taught smocking and made custom smocked garments for children for several years. She designed and manufactured costumes for Winter Wishes Ice Show for 10 years. She also designed and sewed individual competition costume for many figure skaters. She is still available on a limited basis for individual costumes. She has sewn for gymnastics, dance, synchronized swimming, theatre, and other preformance groups. She is the winner of several competitions for her work. She is excited to share her love of sewing beautiful things with others.

Susan Lynd, Teacher
My mother was my first sewing teacher.  My skills increased thru 4-H clubs and Home Ec in High School.  I was given my first doll when 2 years old, however I never played with dolls until I could sew clothes for them.  I made stuffed toy animals and entered them in the county fair in Junior High.  I made most of my own clothes in high school and when I would get tired of an out fit, I would rip it apart and make another outfit. As a young mother, I made clothes for my two boys and stuffed toy animals, from dinosaurs to bears.  When Rex and I married, I now had 2 girls to sew for. 

My passion for Cloth dolls was born.  I now have granddaughters so I can continue making cloth dolls for several years.  I started quilting 4 years ago, starting with table runners and small projects.  Moving on up to lap quilts and bed sizes.  Have taken several quilting and free motion classes and am always trying to learn more.  Rex bought me a older Pfaff Creative embroidery machine 3 years ago, so my horizons are expanding – again.  I love piecing, applique, embroidery, (need to work on my hand embroidery skills), quilting, either free motion on my machines or on “Bella”.

Carol Mancuso, Teacher
Carol has been sewing since she was in junior high school.  It was an economic necessity then.  She made all of her own clothes all through high school and into the early years of her career as a software engineer.  She even made her wedding dress which included thousands of individually had-sewn pearls and beads. 
Her interests aren't limited to the sewing machine. 

She also does bead weaving, stained glass, needle point, counted cross stitch, crochet, and hand and machine knitting.  She was bitten by the machine embroider bug in a big way.  She upgraded her 35 year-old Singer Futura that had a 3-inch embroidery attachment to a Designer Diamond and jumped in over her head into Embroidery Software.  She is one of the "Sewing Circle Presents" designers and enjoys teaching classes at the Sewing Circle

Jim Fischer, Teacher

Jim is a Colorado native who has been married to Joanie for over forty years and lived in Fort Collins for over 41 years.  He started sewing out of necessity because his mother who, worked full time, didn't sew.  When Jim wanted custom draperies & couldn't afford them, he started reading many books to get instructions on how to sew and draperies were made!  Other interests include wood working and cabinet building., making architectural carvings and moldings, gold leafing and finishing, gardening, cooking and baking.  Jim has made wedding and birthday cakes for many events.  Jim hosted seven foreign exchange students over the years, whom he calls his children.  He enjoys traveling and meeting people of other countries.
After retiring, Jim admired quilting and embroidery.  He took some classes and fell in love with the professional look of quilting using paper piecing methods.

Join Jim in some fun quilting classes!
Shavawn Cornett, Teacher

Hi wonderful sewers this is Shavawn. She is a new teacher here at The Sewing Circle. She has been sewing with her mom since she was a little girl. Currently she keeps herself busy by sewing her own wardrobe as well as for her sporty preteen daughter and ninja inspired son.

Her favorite things to sew are things that stretch and are comfy for everyday wear with the occasional costume thrown in. This year she has been busy learning new techniques by sewing her own zippered sports bras, athletic leggings, lingerie and swimwear. Come and join her in fun couture inspired sewing that will rock your world!


Rita VanDyne, Teacher

Having learned to sew, knit and embroider as a child, Rita Van Dyne teaches all aspects of sewing from clothing construction to Native American beadwork to all aspects of quilting including thread play.  Quilting is her current biggest passion. Formerly a secondary school teacher in Poudre School District, she is able to help students to understand step by step. Rita loves teaching all levels of students and especially beginners.

  Kristen Otto, Teacher
Kristin works full-time at CSU, however, she finds time to sew and motivate many with her infectious embroidery!  Take a class from Kristin and have a ton of fun!

 Picture to come Leta Smith, Teacher

Leta Smith is a life-long sewer learning originally from her mother. She is interested in all things sewing including home décor, quilts, garments, and handbags, and is always trying to learn new sewing techniques. She took up free motion embroidery about five years ago because she considered machine embroidery to be “too perfect” but still wanted to add embellishments to her sewing projects.  

Leta and her husband recently retired to Fort Collins from Houston, TX where she first joined the American Sewing Guild. There she led one neighborhood group and served as chapter Treasurer for three years.  She is enjoying her new ASG sewing friends in Fort Collins and is currently the chapter’s 1st Vice President. She looks forward to sharing her love of sewing with Sewing Circle students.