Live a quiet life and work with your hands.
Teresa Layman Designs has been around for about 25 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 its 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. Judie, the shop owner, 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! As it turns out, she's knot crazy.