Like many textile artists, Syracuse resident Ellen Blalock made her own clothes as a child. “I loved designer clothing and my parents could not afford to buy me clothes that match my taste, so with a few dollars I would design and make my own outfits,” she said.

But fix a ripped hem? Not so much. “I would rather make a whole new garment than hand sew something that needed fixing,” Blalock said. “Hand sewing was torture for me. My mom would do all my hand sewing.”

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