• September 16, 2014

Military woman finds peace in sewing

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 4:30 am

When Jenny Eurell’s boyfriend was deployed overseas, she found a distraction in sewing.

Instead of sitting at home “reading stories on the Internet about what was happening in Afghanistan,” she said, she walked into Nedlewerkes in Copperas Cove and discovered an intricate hobby and friendly, chatty women from similar circumstances.

“Right when I first came in, I had just gotten done talking to my boyfriend and his Internet went out,” Eurell said. “I thought that he was getting shot at and I was freaking out. I came in here and they were like, ‘It’s OK, you can calm down, and ... here’s stitching.’”

Now, Nedlewerkes owner Lois McMaster hollers a “hey” when Eurell walks in the store, laughing and addressing Eurell as her “pretend daughter.”

At the white, circular sewing table sat two other women, Donna Martin, another army transplant, and Debi George, an avid seamstress. Both were working to master new embroidery techniques.

One of the few highly specialized embroidery shops in the Central Texas area, Nedlewerkes invites people to stop by the shop anytime to try their hands at stitching. She said it’s a cool hobby that is fun, interesting and provides an easy way to create beautiful do-it-yourself projects.

“We teach it for free because I want you to like it, and not walk away angry because you spent $30 on a kit that you hate,” said McMaster, referring to the ladies at the table. “Stitching is cheaper than therapy, but not if you do it right.”

At the table, several stitching examples were laid out and McMaster pointed out the differences in difficulty.

An intricate tiny pillow with 55 stitches per inch was one of the hardest projects to accomplish, she said. While larger-holed, stiffer cloth made the process easier.

Martin showed off a newly completed project, a beaded wolf. Recently, the store began offering peyote bead work, which is similar to the intricately strung together colorfully beaded band bracelets.

Eurell held up a framed piece of Army uniform with a gold embroidery floss woven to frame the name. It was a surprise gift for a friend, she said.

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