Design Stars – Angela Wolf

Design Stars

From left to right: Scott Wernet, Frieda Anderson, Angela Wolf, Reen Wilcoxson, Rita Farro, Cheryl Sleboda, Ebony Love, Rhonda Pierce, Rolando Bohlemann, Pete Janss

From left to right: Scott Wernet, Frieda Anderson, Angela Wolf, Reen Wilcoxson, Rita Farro, Cheryl Sleboda, Ebony Love, Rhonda Pierce, Rolando Bohlemann, Pete Janss

Early this year, we had visitors from the Industrial Division of SCHMETZ Germany. To help SCHMETZ executives better understand the consumer market, many activities were arranged. Yes, we had traditional meetings and visited retail shops, but we also toured Modern Quilt Studio with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr and ended the week with a star studded designer showcase with five designers from the Chicago area. Each designer presented their special niche in the marketplace. The result was aptly described by SCHMETZ as “astonishing!” The day was laced with energy, talent, savvy and a passion for creativity. These five business women demonstrated grit, talent, creativity and strategic work. With hard work, that never goes out of style, they make awesome contributions to the sewing industry that we love. Meet, or re-meet, because several ladies have already been featured in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW: Cheryl Sleboda, Ebony Love, Reen Wilcoxson, Frieda Anderson and Angela Wolf. Five shining stars that make sewing even more fun!

Angela Wolf

Angela Wolf was featured in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #29. With her sparkling personality, and reputation for creativity and hard work — she has become one of the brightest lights in the constellation of “stars” in the sewing industry. The anchor of the PBS series It’s Sew Easy, hosts a popular weekly Facebook Live show “Behind-the-Scenes,” and online instructor with over 140,000 students. She is a fashion and pattern designer, founder of ABO Apparel and Angela Wolf Pattern Collection, author of the book How To Start a Home Based Fashion Business, spokesperson, brand ambassador, blogger, and consultant.

Angela started sewing at a young age and continued to design women’s apparel all thru college. With an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for fashion and sewing, she launched and ran a successful custom apparel and alteration business for over 18 years. In 2008, Angela was a contestant in the “Passion For Fashion” contest at the American Sewing Expo (ASE) in Novi, Michigan. Similar to Project Runway, the contestants were issued a challenge and given a budget to shop for fabric on the show floor. They sewed their garments in an arena, while show attendees watched. Angela thrived in the competitive environment of sewing-as-entertainment.

The year after she won the Passion for Fashion contest, Angela mounted an exhibit of her garments for the ASE … and she became aware of something called the “home sewing industry.” Angela’s phone started ringing and the opportunities just kept coming. The home sewing industry welcomed Angela and her skills with open arms. At this point, Angela says her focus is on teaching and inspiring sewers and fashion designers of all ages; offering easy to follow patterns, online classes, and virtual classes for dealers, stores, and organizations. Angela has an active social media presence with free tutorials on her YouTube channel and Facebook Live Shows, particularly the popular show Behind the Scenes that airs every Wednesday at 1:30PM EST attracting thousands of viewers and fans.

Angela’s travel schedule is packed with dealer events, the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Quilt Festival, and taping new seasons of the PBS series It’s Sew Easy. You can find Angela’s activities or contact her at

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