Faculty » Marilyn Lee
I live in the beautiful north woods of Minnesota and I was 5 years old when I first learned to sew using a treadle sewing machine. Sewing, creating and designing has been my passion ever since. From the amazing bag of scraps that my Grandma gave as a gift when I was a small child came my love for fabric and all of it's fabuous colors and textures. I started out by sewing clothes for my dolls and the dolls of my friends. They all received tiny little quilts also. Patterns were unavailable to me and this is when I started learning to design my own patterns and to this day I very rarely ever use a pattern other than my own.
I have dabbled in just about every aspect of sewing , fabric and thread through the years. My love of fine art has spilled over into my fabric creations and I find great joy in manipulating fabric and thread to re-create the beauty that I see around me in nature and in life. I love color and the amazing contrasts they can create in my work.
I use a vintage treadle to do free motion thread painting on my quilts and I also use a 1929 Singer free motion embroidery machine to embroidery some of my quilts and also to do the quilting on them.
I design many products for local manufacturerers and also one that sells worldwide. I am a very stay at home person, preferring to spend my time creating the beauty that surrounds me. I have taught many local and regional classes. I have entered some of my art quilts in local, regional and state shows and I have recieved many blue ribbon and Best of show awards.Some of my work was featured in the magazine "Stitches" which is a worldwide industry magazine for the embroidery industry. In 2004 I received a Guinness World Book record for the largest rag doll in the world. This 13 foot tall doll, the famous Paul Bunyan of legend, was completely sewn by my self and was extremely life like righ down to his fingernails. My work has been featured in local, regional and state magazines and publications. I have not entered any of my work in large shows as of yet.
I love to share my experience with others and help in any way that I can to teach them that they can create beautiful images with fabric and thread. We all need to open our minds up and let the possiblilites pour out.