Sewing pattern designers.
2009 - 2013
Monica was offered a wonderful opportunity to join the Craft Show Circuit with one of the biggest and most popular stands, Margaret's Fabrics, where Monica was free to display her huge body of work. This was a great opportunity for Monica to meet face to face with the sewing public and to present seminars on how to sew handbags, fashion and quilt as you go quilts to rooms filled with enthusiastic people who love to craft and sew. Monica loves to be immersed in this creative energy and this is where a lot of her new ideas for sewing patterns are sparked!
To make more time to sew and design, Monica joined Pattern Press to print and distribute her patterns.
Some popular patterns of this era is the gorgeous 3 dimensional Beautiful Bows Quilt, her handbags started to take a more sleek and modern look like the Park Lane Bag and her range of Children’s clothing patterns were launched.
BC (BEFORE CHILDREN)
At the age of 14, Monica started her first business sewing clothes for friends. From the age of 16 Monica went on to study to become a pattern maker and fashion designer and in her spare time, she sewed all her own clothes as well as many for her family and friends. At 21 Monica was promoted to a head designer at
a fashion house in Surry Hills, Sydney. Fashion design was Monica's first passion.
Monica at 21 working in a fashion house in Surry Hills
Monica at 14 in one of her designs
Monica and her best friends all wearing her designs for her fancy dress 21st
Monica pictured with her friends wearing her designs
When her first baby Alaura was 1 year old, Monica took a local part-time job at Central Coast Creative Sewing where she enhanced her skills by learning patchwork and quilting, this is also where she first began to teach and realised that she loved it! Monica often reflects on this era as her apprenticeship into the home sewing industry. Monica worked at Creative Sewing for 9 years, after that she started a home sewing studio with the help of some of her regular sewing ladies. Over the years Monica has taught thousands of people to sew and is grateful the universe presented this opportunity to her.
busy sewing class
Monica working on the machines.
Having 2 young children, Alaura and Ben, Monica decided to open a home sewing studio. The classes quickly grew to over 50 eager students coming through the door on a weekly basis. Monica designed exclusive projects for her students, the students then took them to their local quilt shops to buy their supplies, it wasn’t long before the quilt shops were requesting the patterns to sell in their stores.
2002 was the year Monica began the MoonShine Designs pattern range which was identifiable with the classic lilac pattern cover. This was before the technological boom so photos were taken on a digital camera, most times the quilts were held up by the kids and then raced to the photoshop to be printed.
Some of the hit classics from this time include the Bow Bag, Precious Pieces, Butterfly Bliss and the Gidget Quilt.
2002 - 2008
The business name was changed to Monica Poole Designs and Monica had her first stand at the Newcastle Stitches and Craft Show. You can now still see Monica at the Expertise Events Craft Fairs either on her own stand or when she joins forces with Margaret’s Fabrics.
Monica has designed many projects for Australian craft magazines but was extremely privileged to design the 2014 block of the month for Australian Homespun Magazine. The quilt was called the Happiness Quilt and was a tribute to Monica’s happy childhood which was spent playing amongst the fruit trees in the family backyard. During this year Monica and Alaura started managing a local sewing store together and realised how they work well together as a team!
Monica began to collaborate on designs with her Daughter Alaura, it began with the Fi Fi Flamingo Applique design. Next was Ziggi Zebra and the Penguin Party cot quilt. Alaura has a gift of sketching a design in minutes then Monica smooths off the lines and turns them into fuller applique shapes that are easy to sew around. Monica also continues to work on her handbag designs and quilt as you go designs. During this time Alaura gave the pattern label a re-branding with a new logo and sleek new pattern covers to match the freshness of the brand. Along with this, Alaura built a new website with the tag line 'Sew a beautiful life'.
Monica and Alaura hosted their first sewing event together which has now transformed into the January Summer Sewing School and has been held in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
After many request for more applique designs, Alaura designed the Windows into Africa collection as well as Elka the Elephant at the beginning of the year and at the end launched the Southern Sky collection.2017 also saw the first Monica Poole Designs Sewing Retreat which was held over a weekend in Septemeber where the new Retreat Bag pattern was launched. Finally, at the end of 2017 Alaura completed her university studies earning a double degree in Bachelor Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts with an entrepreneurship major.
Thank you to everyone that has been involved so far! 2018 will be the year of growth and changes, so watch this space!