Our staff has a strong commitment to enriching the lives of our community’s residents while sharing their passion for the sewing arts and teaching job skills.
We have exciting news at The Sewing Labs! The Board of Directors of The Sewing Labs is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen Bobowski, BFA, as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2019.
Originally from Chicago, Eileen came to Kansas City to direct an area in the Creative Division at Hallmark. After successfully leading her team through growth and innovation, Eileen entered the nonprofit sector serving greater Kansas City. The past several years has seen Eileen working as a Brand Services Director with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, working with the prisoner re-entry “Turn Around” program at Catholic Charities of KC-St. Joseph, and as the Director of Development and Communications with Camp Fire National Headquarters. Most recently, Eileen was the Area Director for Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska with the Pinky Swear Foundation.
We are impressed by Eileen’s wealth of leadership and fundraising experience, as well as her humble and passionate love of service to others. We are thrilled to have found a Director who in addition to her executive skill set has a life-long enthusiasm for sewing and is excited about serving The Sewing Labs’ mission to teach the legacy of sewing toward employment.
Linnca has been Involved in the fabric and sewing industries for over 40 years, and brings hands on knowledge and skill of the industry. Her experience in fabric retail; ranges from mom & pop and corporate operations, merchandising and the customer experience including the development of classroom curriculum for a nationwide sewing program. In addition she has been a designer in the garment & quilt industry . Designing for companies such as Need L' Love & Peppermint Pig. Linnca's love for anything fabric & mixed media drives her to share the legacy of sewing and to allow others to understand the self-enrichment that it brings. The tradition of sewing has been passed down thru her family for multiple generations and is what drives her.
Master Instructor - Industrial Programs
Nancy has over forty years of experience in the apparel industry. Her hands-on manufacturing experience spans product concept thru production to finishing. She is a professional designer, patternmaker and expert seamstress. She is also highly skilled in garment fit and alteration techniques. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clothing and Textiles.
Quilting Artist & Instructor
Jane Bromberg is an accomplished seamstress with years of teaching experience. She owned her own dressmaking business for 15 years before she switched to doing custom quilting. Her vast knowledge of sewing techniques allows her to teach a variety of classes. She now designs quilts, gives lectures and teaches across the region.