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The original Teresa LaymanTeresa Layman Designs has been around for about 14 years. The company was created when Teresa became a licensed designer for the Vogue pattern company in 1992. Her collection of Vogue designs includes exquisite children’s clothing, doll clothes and a diverse array of craft patterns.

The company emerged in it’s current form in 2003 when Teresa was building a doll’s house and needed a miniature “hooked” rug. Since needlework is one of her stronger talents, she started with a needle and thread, an encyclopedia of embroidery stitches and what she thought would be a year’s worth of stitching. Much to her surprise, the little rug that was created was not only a very convincing, scale replica of a hooked rug, but also had been very easy to make and was finished in just a few days! So she made some more, this time experimenting with other knots to see just how fine she could get them.

Teresa’s friend, Richard Palan encouraged her to make kits for her minute creations and take them to a miniatures show to sell. They were very well received, so she was in business.

In a quest to find the tiny needles to include in those kits, Teresa took her samples to her local needlework shop, Thistle Needleworks in Glastonbury, CT. The shop owner, Judie was very impressed and encouraged Teresa to market the kits to needlework shops at trade shows. Judie helped with valuable information on sources for supplies and advice on which would be the best places to exhibit.

Teresa and her husband Ken jumped in with both feet! The first needlework trade show was the TNNA show in Long Beach, California. They were scared to death, but determined to see if the needleworkers were ready for miniature knotwork or if they would think this designer was CRAZY!

Well, they loved it. By the time they got to their second show in Columbus, OH, word had spread (who knew that would happen?) and they were the talk of the show! Wow! Something new in the world of needlearts! So, now Teresa spends her time creating new designs for her miniature knotwork and trying to wear all of the hats that come with running a small business. She has help in her business from her very supportive husband, daughter Karen and her friend Gretchen, not to mention all the fairy godmothers she has acquired along the way!

Teresa is also the author of two books on the art of making gingerbread houses, Gingerbread Things to Make and Bake (1992) and Gingerbread For All Seasons (1997) as well as a book of sewing designs, Handmade Baby Gifts (1999) all published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York.

Teresa’s dad was an inventor and so she grew up “giving-it-a-whirl.” She is self-taught in the art of sewing and gingerbread making, and considers herself very fortunate to be able to work creating the art she loves the most.

She has appeared as a guest twice on the Food Network’s program, In Food Today, demonstrating techniques for making gingerbread houses, and was featured as a guest designer (when she was 9 months pregnant!) on the program series Sewing Today hosted by Nancy Flemming.

Teresa is inspired by all manner of things including antique handworks, nature, architecture, scale miniatures and excellence in work of all kinds. Her passion is in fine details and she strives to include those details in all aspects of her work.

“Isn’t fun the best thing to have?” — Dudley Moore in Arthur