The Sewing Grove

Inspiring, teaching, and affirming the art of sewing and other southern traditions


Dating back to ancient Greece the philosopher Plato gave his lectures in the “grove of Academe.” Since that time groves are associated with places of learning and meeting. The Sewing Grove is a modern educational and social resource for people interested in learning about independent living skills such as sewing and homemaking. The Sewing Grove aims to preserve and promote the values of traditional economic skill sets. I offer private and group instruction in beginning, intermediate and advanced sewing, as well as a community to share vintage finds and art.


My name is Sandra-Kay, and I started The Sewing Grove to share my love of sewing.  I learned to sew from the best sewing teacher and pattern maker I have ever encountered, my mother.  She was an icon in our little town in southeast Arkansas where she taught home economics for over 20 years.  At my request, she began my sewing instruction when I was 6-years-old.  In high school I won several regional and national awards in sewing and modeling.  Because of my love for sewing and textiles (and all the electives), I majored in Home Economics at the University of Arkansas.  Following a career woman’s life during my 20s and 30s, I married my husband David, had two daughters and became a stay-at-home mother.  Sewing went on the back burner for a long time, but now with my children in college I have the time to begin my dream of reviving the tradition of sewing.

Sewers interests often overlap with those who love vintage goods and art.   Vintage fabrics are awesome inspirations, and old sewing machines are magnificent work horses.     The Sewing Grove offers a place for you and me to exchange information about sewing, vintage goods and art.  Weaving all these little pieces together reminds me of the countless scraps of fabric my grandmother Ruth Hamilton sewed into her beautiful quilts  and the cheerful line drawings my grandfather Cleve Hamilton sent in his letters.   So, in the Grove we will weave sewing, vintage goods and paintings.  I  enthusiastically look forward to your reactions and associations.

3 comments on “About

  1. Rustique Art
    January 3, 2014

    I don’t think my first comment posted. I thank my mom every time I sew something successfully.
    My son is a freshman at Arkansas. He loves it.

    • The Sewing Grove
      January 6, 2014

      Thanks for posting! Aren’t we both fortunate to have mothers who taught us so many life skills! My niece is a freshman at the University of Arkansas this year, too! I loved my time at the University of Arkansas and have deep Arkansas roots. Fortunately, I have friends and family living there, so have many reasons to come back. I have really enjoyed your blog, and I hope you will give me feedback anytime you can. Happy New Year!

  2. jgroeber
    February 3, 2014

    How could I pass up your lovely gravatar? Santa brought my five year-old son a sewing machine this Christmas. He’s made a canvas bag for his best friend, a carrying bag for his new stuffed Woody and we’re working on making a stuffed monkey now. And I love that this thing will stay with him forever. He (and his siblings) now know they can envision something and then figure out how to make it and then do just that, whatever the vision is.
    Wonderful that you’ve found your calling bringing this to people! Blog on.

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