Introducing Kindal!
5.12.2015

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My name is Kindal Dolph and for the past couple of weeks, I have been fortunate enough to hold a Public Relations internship here at Connecting Threads. At a time when most seventeen year olds begin to feel a bit of pressure on them to start making life-altering decisions and mold into the person they are suppose to become, I always stood out. I knew for a long time what I wanted to be and was so confident in that that I knew I was going to do everything possible to become her despite the difficulty. Fortunately, I entered high school and was soon after approached about applying for a position in the Clark County Skills Center Fashion Merchandising Program here in Vancouver, Washington for my junior year. With seizing opportunity being so important to me, I knew immediately the help it would give me in eventually pursuing my career path as an editor at a fashion magazine. This being said, I could have never predicted the outcome of my experience. My passion for both writing and fashion only made me hungrier to begin working and hopefully inspire other people to chase after their dreams (as cheesy as it may sound). From day one in the class, my instructor, Mrs. Archer, made it clear that she would do everything possible to assist us in obtaining our futures, even if it meant altering projects and assignments to help us get the most value from everything we did.

Fashion Merch Pillowcases 1

Though many of my classmates had never used a sewing machine at the start of the first semester, we ended December with a pillowcase project, dubbed “Operation: Pillow Talk“, that tested our (extremely basic) knowledge of how one worked. Together, we created beautiful “burrito style” pillowcases which not only showcased our own personalities but also helped others and gave us great time management experience (if you have never made a burrito pillowcase, it’s a super fun project and requires only a few easy steps). After a month of hard work, we finished them off with a French seam and a nice press, then sent them off to troops stationed in Kuwait. It was a great feeling of accomplishment to finish everything, even if it got stressful at times. The process made me feel extremely proud despite never really having experience with sewing prior to this. Many other students were in the same boat as I was, and the improvements we made shined through with that project. With some kids wanting to go into fashion design, this sewing project was the perfect starting point. We also had the chance to create dozens of mini gift bags, filled with treats and toys, to be sold at Christmas bazaars with the proceeds going to military families. Following the production of at least one hundred of these bags, we had learned, above all, the importance of quality and consistency.

FM Pillowcases 2

As the school year winds down to a close, the Skills Center students are asked to start thinking about internship opportunities. Most of my classmates were placed in retail, as you might suspect, to give them a better sense of working customer service in the fashion industry. But I was worried I wouldn’t gain any experience in the areas I really needed, and Mrs. Archer knew that. I began searching for places I thought would fit me, but in a town like Vancouver, I didn’t know anything was out there. I was then approached by my teacher about something very interesting, and that was (you guessed it) Connecting Threads. After looking through the website and reading the blog posts, I knew I needed to be there. A couple of phone calls and emails later, I was being interviewed for an internship. Grateful does not even begin to explain how I feel about working with such an enthusiastic company and I am so happy to be able to say I’ve been a part of it.

Now that I’ve told my story, what projects got YOU into sewing and/or quilting?


11 comments

  1. Karen - May 12, 2015

    well a long time ago – like almost 30 years ago I saw a quilt I wanted and knew I couldn’t afford it so I decided to make one instead – the rest is history – I’ve been quilting ever since. Congratulations on your internship – I hope it brings to you all you want.

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  2. April - May 12, 2015

    When I was little my mother taught us to cross stitch. It was my main source of sewing until I was married and on my own. I had mentioned that I would like to start sewing, so my mother got me a simple sewing machine for Christmas one year. From there I started making quilts and simple things for my house. I have since bought two embroidery machines, nicer machines each time. I am always at my daughter’s practices with a hand stitching hexie project and still work on cross stitch projects as well.
    I hope you enjoy your internship! Keep stitching, you’ll find it to be a great way to unwind as you get older, while accomplishing something beautiful at the time same time!

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  3. Gay Ferland - May 12, 2015

    In 9th grade I took sewing for an easy “A”, so I thought! I learned so much that year, I was hooked on sewing!! Projects back then that we had to make were coulots, a tweed jacket, and a stuffed toy!
    Today, some 50 years later I still sew, quilt, do craft fairs with all my sewed items. I use to teach sewing to many students, even men! I have received many awards from sewing/ quilting competitions. I even have designed clothing for famous people!!! Wonderful life from just one class!!! By the way, I did receive an “A” from that class!!!

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  4. Gay Ferland - May 12, 2015

    In 9th grade I took sewing for an easy “A”, so I thought! I learned so much that year, I was hooked on sewing!! Projects back then that we had to make were coulots, a tweed jacket, and a stuffed toy!
    Today, some 50 years later I still sew, quilt, do craft fairs with all my sewed items. I use to teach sewing to many students, even men! I have received many awards from sewing/ quilting competitions. I even have designed clothing for famous people!!! Wonderful life from just one class!!! By the way, I did receive an “A” from that class!!!
    You will find that sewing relaxes you and will want to do more off it!!! Good luck on your adventure Kendal!! With determination and lots of laughs, you will succeed, enjoy!!!!

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  5. Joy - May 12, 2015

    I made Barbie doll clothes when I was little, I made a dress in home economics. I never touched a machine again until I had to sew for nessesity. I made my children’s clothes for many years, all the way through High School. Then came the quilting a few years ago. ♡

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  6. Eugenia Read - May 12, 2015

    Every woman in my family was creative in some way – from embroidery to quilting, from crocheting and knitting to sewing clothes. One of my sisters liked oil painting. My other sister liked rug hooking. This had a huge impact on me as a young girl. I tried a little of everything and in my later years I learned to embroider, knit, crochet and now quilting is my latest passion. Good luck with your internship and I hope that you will follow your dreams to the fullest extent.

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  7. Nancy Stansbury - May 12, 2015

    i actually sewing at the age of 9-1951. I’ve seen the rest of my life, making clothes for myself and family. See English riding (saddleseat) outfits for my daughter and her friends in the last 70’s. I retired from a career as a computer programmer 9 years ago, and started doing quilting and machine embroidery. For the last several years I have been teaching embroidery software programs and quilting classes at my local sewing machine store.

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  8. Stephanie Dunphy - May 13, 2015

    Welcome to CT Kindal! Such a great company and a wonderful group of people to be surrounded by. After a couple of failed attempts at Home Economics it wasn’t until my 30s with 2 small children that I found myself wanted to create simple Halloween costumes, etc…by then the quilting craze was in it’s infancy and Mom was quilting and it intrigued me so. So I bought a $199 sewing machine, took a sewing class to learn basic sewing skills then took my first quilt class. Now I design quilt and bag patterns and I can’t imagine not sewing. Wishing you a bright future.

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  9. Dee - May 20, 2015

    Kindal, Hi! That was a great story! It made me a bit envious…I wanted to take home ec in high school, but my mother wouldn’t let me, saying that it was stupid girls who didn’t know how to do anything else. Consequently, I grew up the stupid girl because the things I should have learned, I never knew how. In 1977 after my third child was born, a friend had made a very VERY basic quilt…Just 30 squares. I wanted to make one so bad! I was very poor and had no sewing machine. A salesman cut me a break and let me finance one. Almost 20 years later I bought a VERY expensive machine.. my life took a turn and my brand new machine got boxed up for almost 20 years. At 61, I finally was able to take that machine out of storage…She is pretty… she is old…. but she is no longer lonely… she is out of the box and singing! I don’t have much time to sew, but my love is there. I have joined an amazing group of women on FB where the admin is teaching us how to make quilts and basically learn how to sew! AT last…. I have found my niche… Congrats on the internship! You sound like a go getter! I believe that you will go places in your career!

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  10. Karen L. - May 21, 2015

    Hi there, Kinda…..I’m Karen from Michigan.

    I’ve been a quilter for several years, however, I haven’t done any quilting/sewing in the past several months. Reading your post, I felt more motivated to get back to the sewing room and FINISH something! I have a page on “Quilt With Us” showing a few quilts I made a few years ago. Maybe soon, there will be additional projects made/finished by me more recently.

    Your working at Connecting Threads is great! Lucky you.

    Best of luck to you!

    Karen L.

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  11. lavonne dawson - June 26, 2015

    I am a quilter also but am curious about your name. when I was very young a family lived across the street whose last name was Dolph. The father was a Dr. Dolph and there were 2 boys named Evar and Jimmy. Might this fmily have a connection with you? The family moved and I was too young to know where they went.

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