Meet Our Staff


Linda Carswell
Is the founder and president of The Smocking Shop Inc. She started The Smocking Shop in November 1981 just prior to the birth of her fourth child Katie who will soon turn thirty- three! (She now has 9 grandchildren.) Besides taking care of the management duties associated with running a small business, Linda also teaches beginning smocking, fine children's sewing and heirloom sewing. In addition, Linda is a licensed Martha Pullen instructor for Husqvarna Viking and teaches special heirloom classes developed by Martha Pullen Co.
 
 
 
Holly Bloomfield Kathy Burr
is our most longstanding employee having worked for The Smocking Shoppe almost as long as Linda Carswell! Kathy, mother of a grown daughter, is a former art teacher with a wonderful eye for color and design. She is an avid needle worker and quilter and has found she really enjoys working on the computer, too. She has been instrumental in getting our inventory barcoded so we can check you out faster!
Linda Cull
The "Other Linda" as she is called came to us from our Quilting Shop. She has been a wonderful asset in building up our quilting business and has also become an avid smocker. Linda has graciously taken it upon herself to learn to use the pleating machine and now does the majority of the pleating. Linda is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to 4 precious grandchildren!
     
Susie Cheaney
loves to work with the customers and also likes to keep The Smocking Shoppe neat, tidy and organized. If the shop has been rearranged since you were last in, Susie is probably responsible! Susie is building up her "Grandmother's Hope Chest" for her son's two precious children and her daughter's three daughters.
 
Debbie Jenkins
Diane Ciolek
mother of 2, may be five foot nothing but she is a ball of energy with more talent in her little finger than most of us have in our whole bodies! She  teachs some of her wonderful classes which include Mastery Embroidery training, Soup to Nuts, creative machine embroidery and many more.
     

   
 
Karen Fox
is a longtime customer of ours. A couple of years ago, having been most impressed with her quilting savvy, we asked her to teach a couple of classes. Now she teaches lots of classes which include a myriad of quilting and accessory classes. Lately, she has joined Nonnie Chism as a substitute staff member so you’ll be seeing her even more often! Karen is mother to two grown sons and grandmother to Brandon, Kassidy and Nolen.

Barbara Gordon

Alice Willingham
     
     
 Billy Brown
is our BERNINA, Brother and Husqvarna Viking factory trained service technican.
 Gordon Vogt  Kathy Baumbush