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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

  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!

Althea Richling, Staff

Althea has lived in Fort Collins for 20 years. transferring with her husband via Hewlett Packard. Althea's daughter and Melissa's daughter sat next to each other in school their first day to find out they had the same birthday and were both from Oregon, hence, a long friendship between the Mangan's and the Richlings. Althea has an Associate degree from Front Range Community College and has worked for the Viking company store in Loveland for the past 2 1/2 years shortly after buying her first Viking. Althea loves to craft, quilt and create fun projects.

She brings with her a passion to serve and help customers feel happy about their purchases and projects. Althea will serve as the Manager of the store, utilizing all her acquired skills to keep us organized and on track. She will greet you with a smile and welcome you to "The Sewing Circle"!