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Sharing the Craft   

What’s the best part of sewing? Inspiring others to learn the craft. Sometimes the ‘inspiration’ is subtle, not deliberate. You don’t have to sit someone at a machine and show them how to operate it. No, inspiration can happen by osmosis. Just exposing someone – specifically family members at a young age – to sewing. Leaving the sewing room door open, welcoming them into your creative space and answering questions.

Mothers and daughters can lock heads when it comes time to teach sewing. In fact, in many households, the love of sewing skips a generation.  But not always.  My niece, Lindsey Zinno (daughter of my infamous stitching sister, Marie Zinno), is the proud maker and owner of The Northern Market. Lindsey created NM to provide multi-functional fiber art for the modern home and lifestyle.  Her work is sold online and in boutiques across America and Europe.  And she started this company at the ripe old age of 17 – yes, SEVENTEEN!

Marie has always left her sewing room door open to Lindsey encouraging her to find her way and explore different mediums.  Lindsey witnessed Marie succeed in her commercial embroidery business and joined the Stitching Sisters on the road.  I think she couldn’t help being inspired by her surroundings.  

Today, she’s featured on Nancy Zieman’s blog as she was a guest on Sewing with Nancy. How did that come about? Well, I happened to be taping with Nancy in November 2016 when Marie sent me a link to a local newspaper story about Lindsey and The Northern Market. I showed Nancy and she was intrigued with Lindsey craftsmanship and minimalist style.  She wondered if Lindsey would like to be guest on Sewing with Nancy.  Not many people turn down that offer.

Lindsey’s success is due to her creative, open spirit. As a youngster, she was forever dabbling in art – drawing, painting, sculpting and music. She was like a sponge, drawing inspiration from everything and everyone around her. It was no surprise that she took to making rope baskets under the tutelage of another one of my sisters, Mary Pat Palombo (the oldest of my five sisters and the first stitcher).  While visiting Mary Pat, Lindsey watched her wrap clothesline with fabric and then sew the wrapped cord into baskets. Lindsey jumped into action and quickly made the technique her own.

Like many of today’s makers, she started selling her work on Etsy. As she poured her heart and soul into every stitch, The Northern Market’s popularity grew. She will graduate from the University of Cincinnati this spring and then, heaven knows what’s next for her.

You can watch Lindsey and Nancy as they share these techniques with you on, Rope Sewing Reinvented on Sewing with Nancy.  Click here to watch online now.

Thanks for letting me toot my horn – I’m so proud of Lindsey!




  • Donna Fecteau

    I had watched the episode of Sewing with Nancy and thought how great that she was doing all this so young. I’d toot my horn if she was my niece too!

  • Joanne Banko

    I enjoyed every word of your article Eileen! The story about Marie’s daughter Lindsey is so inspiring. Truly an amazing family & family history you have all shared with your great stitching stories

  • Sandra Cunningham

    My kids were always welcome in my sewing room. Since it was my happy place I had one rule, “It’s gotta be fun. No arguing.”

  • Karen

    My sewing room has had many watching and learning. Both of my sons learned to sew the one met his bride because of sewing. They were married this past Tuesday.

  • Roberta Hudson

    Thanks for sharing. I have a group I sew with and most are not seasoned sewers. It is so rewarding to share a craft I love so much and when people say I should charge for lessons they do not understand the high I get when they are constantly learning and trying new things. Also, most sewers and quilters are very upbeat people and what a great way to spend the day. Also, it is great to see that your niece is advancing her formal education along with her success as a business person. You do not often see that! Best Wishes to continued success.