Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Drapery seamstress stays busy

May 5, 2005

Linda Lockwood is a drapery seamstress, and it's no small wonder that she's been in business for 29 years - she says there's no one else in the area who makes custom drapes, bedspreads, pillow shams and dust ruffles.

Lockwood said she learned the trade from her mother, who was also a drapery seamstress. She said she helped her mother when she was younger, and by doing so, she learned several tricks.

"I learned a lot from her and still use (the knowledge) to this day," Lockwood said.

Sewing skills aren't all that she learned from her mother. She said her mother also gave her a memorable piece of advice - to stop and smell the roses.

"I tend to move pretty fast sometimes," Lockwood said.

Lockwood said she used to be involved in anything her two daughters were involved in. One daughter participated in athletics, and the other joined clubs like debate.

Though her daughters are out of the house now, Lockwood said she still doesn't have much free time.

"It's all filled up," she said.

She said she fills her time with "a little bit of everything," including bunco groups and quilting.

Another way Lockwood fills her time is with her involvement in the Lansing Historical Society. She has been the president for the past two years and a member for four.

Lockwood said she was interested in the history of the area and history in general.

"I think history is very important, and I think it's important that we do preserve it," she said.

Linda Lockwood

Linda Lockwood

Name: Linda Lockwood

Address: 28220 183rd St., Leavenworth County

Occupation: Drapery seamstress

Graduate of: Lansing High School, 1965

Family: Parents Bill and Jenny (deceased) Morehead; husband Leonard; two daughters, Laurie, 35, and Lynnette, 31; granddaughter Kayla, 13

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? Raised in Lansing; left for four years and then came back for government jobs. Leonard worked at the Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth.

What do you like most about Lansing? The fact that it's a small town but still grows.

What do you do to relax? Quilting and crocheting, when there's time.

What would surprise people about you? I do enjoy going to garage sales and flea markets to see the old things they have.

What's the best advice you ever received? "Stop and smell the roses" - I remember my mother telling me that.

What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Lansing Historical Society, Federal Prison Retirees Association, Women's Investment Network.

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