This week we are highlighting Virginia Sheppard with Generations Boutique, a new vendor at the Sequim Farmers Market this season.
Virginia is a skilled seamstress that designs beautiful cup covers that have pockets on the inside and outside. She calls her product the “Ugly Cup Covers” because an ugly cup inspired the first creation.
It all started with a pattern, which she improved until she was satisfied with the result. She gave one to a friend for her birthday. Then, a neighbor wanted one and a family member wanted one.
Virginia started sewing when she was 7 with a needle and thread. Her mother taught her many stitches to use that would hold a garment together.
As a child she was always sewing clothes for her dolls, doing embroidery and eventually graduating to her mother’s sewing machine. It was a featherweight Singer, and for her it was the best machine ever invented.
Virginia was born in Port Angeles and has lived on the Olympic Peninsula her entire life. She had many jobs over the years and when her first daughter was born she became a stay-at- home mom.
She enjoyed sewing for her family making clothes from shirts to wedding gowns and men’s jackets. Later on she became a sewing teacher’s assistant at Roosevelt Junior High School and then Port Angeles High School. She and her husband now live in Sequim.
When asked what inspires her to keep sewing over the years, she says, “I am inspired each time I see a new piece of material. As a seamstress and crafter there is never enough material on the shelves.” You will find Generations Boutique at the Sequim Farmers Market holiday shows on Nov. 23 and Dec. 21.
The market season on the plaza ends on Oct. 26, but we will be indoors for two holiday markets. On Nov. 23 and Dec. 21, the Sequim Farmers Market will hold special holiday markets in the Guy Cole Event Center, an indoor venue at Carrie Blake Community Park from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
A special thanks to Bell & Davis Law and BrokersGroup Real Estate for supporting the Sequim Farmers Market.
April Hammerand is the Market Manager for the Sequim Farmers Market. Reach her at email@example.com or 360-582-6218. For more information visit www.sequimmarket.com.