What do you enjoy most about working at RP?
I enjoy the diversity of my job, and the support of the RP team. We may be a global company, yet somehow it feels like I work with my best friends.
Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?
Crafting and sewing have always been a lot of fun for me and I never dreamed it would lead into a career. I started pattern testing several years ago and realized that I was pretty darn good at sewing. Eventually I started teaching sewing and even though I wasn’t looking for a full-time job I decided to apply at RP anyway.
What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?
I have a degree in Healthcare Administration. I came within two credits of completing a degree in Journalism and the same with a degree in Art. I had a few graduation commitment issues. I have also majored in (read that to mean I have taken more than my fair share of classes), English, Elementary Education, and Accounting. I love learning!
What is your favourite RP pattern?
There are so many beautiful patterns. I love the dresses, Phoebe, Marilyn, and the Lantern Sleeve Dress. My hands down favorite though is the Lucy Dress. Those ruffles get me every time.
Describe a typical day in your life.
Two of my four children are home schooled. I start working as the kids eat breakfast. Then they get down to work. We take a break for lunch and I typically take a break from work until later afternoon/evening so I can spend time with the kids and my husband.
Tell us a bit about your style.
My goal in life is to look beautiful and stylish while feeling like I’m wearing pajamas. I also LOVE color, sparkles and glitter! Anything that falls into these categories are game. Life is too short to wear clothes that are uncomfortable and aren’t colorful.
Where are you from? And where do you currently live?
I am from Broomfield Colorado. (That’s close to Denver which is super close to the Rocky Mountains and Denver International Airport.)
I currently live in Richland, Washington in the US. When most people think of Washington they think of rain, that’s Seattle and the other side of the Cascades. I live on the opposite side of the state. It gets hot here, and it’s a desert. Not much rain for us in the SE side of Washington.
How long have you been sewing and how did you start?
I feel like I’ve been sewing forever. Growing up I spent a lot of time watching my mom sew. I’d like to say sewing came easily, and it probably would have it I had listened to my mom. Unfortunately, I chose to ignore her when it came time for sewing instruction. My 4H project in Middle School which should have been pajama shorts went disastrously wrong with the legs pointing in opposite directions. I’m still confused as to how that happened. Thankfully my mom came to my rescue and helped provide life support to the pajama shorts and they limped back to life.
I guess I’ve been doing some sort of sewing since I was little. Crafting and sewing with my mom was something we just always did, and I don’t remember a time when we didn’t do it.
If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?
My wish would be that my children and those that suffer from traumas, disabilities or illnesses etc. wouldn’t have to suffer from the hardships that the struggle through every day of their lives.
What’s your super power?
The ability to see good in everyone.
What’s the super power you really want?
Omnilingualism – I would love to be able to talk to and understand everyone!
Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?
Bob Ross said it best “There are no mistakes, only Happy Accidents.”
Every accident we make while sewing helps us learn. So, really there aren’t every any mistakes!
Don’t listen to others when they say something is hard. I often hand “hard projects” to 9 and 10-year-olds and they don’t struggle with them. When we discuss afterward what they thought of the project and I tell them that most adults find the project very difficult they are so surprised. If I told them before the project it was supposed to be hard, they wouldn’t have been able to do it. So, keep sewing because you can do the hard projects!
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Quiet. Seriously though. I have four kids who are very much old enough to get ready themselves. Yet every Sunday one of them can never find their shoes or tie, or…the list goes on. One day my Sunday’s will be quiet. I’ll enjoy it then. For now I’ll revel in the chaos.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?
I would want to have Sojourner Truth with me if I was stranded on a desert island. Sojourner was an amazing woman in US History. She was a fighter, a survivor and didn’t just sit around letting the injustices in the world continue to happen without fighting to make to make it right. She was a force to be reckoned with in a time when women, especially Black women were never listened to. She defied the odds. The world and I could learn so much from her.
What’s the sound of your favourite colour?
Cascading notes of a harp, swelling and swirling creating melodious masterpieces. My favorite color is Rainbow.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Who needs sleep?! I have things to create. Sewing, crafting…
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
My family tells me I could turn “crafting” into an Olympic sport. Overall I tend to just be good at crafts.
What do you wish you knew more about?
Everything. I love to learn.
Find Chaney’s blog here: Twinkle Toes & Co.