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Mastered Craft: Marla Stefanelli

08/29/2018 14:09 ● Published by Alesha Damerville

By Alesha Damerville

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Writer, illustrator, graphic artist, seamstress, designer and editor– having experience in these fields could lead to any number of careers. Marla Stefanelli discovered her passion for design at a young age and continued on that path. 

“Everything I’ve ever done has been connected to sewing and it wasn’t intentional, but it’s definitely been that way,” says Stefanelli, who began sewing at the age of four. “I’ve sewn my whole life. I know how fabric works, and know how to make just about anything.” 

Before starting as a seamstress with Steamboat Curtain Factory, Stefanelli worked for Sew News Magazine for seven years with varying roles as both an editor and contributor. She also spent a number of years writing and illustrating books, and as a graphic artist and designer for quilting and crafting magazines. 

“I’ve always looked at myself as more of an artist than a seamstress because it’s always been there, but I’ve always sewn – the two are pretty meshed together,” she says. Stefanelli homed in on her craft while working for a wedding seamstress in Arvada for five years. “I wanted to see what was inside the really nice designer dresses,” she says. “It took my sewing up to an even bigger level.”

Stefanelli began working with the Steamboat Curtain Factory in the fall of 2017 as head seamstress. She is bringing her vast amount of knowledge and experience to the Yampa Valley company and is learning new tricks under the guidance of owner Joey Kay. 

For more information on Steamboat Curtain Factory visit www.steamboatcurtainfactory.com


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