Meet Amy Meinecke, who has been sewing and home decorating for 21 years
In 2000 Amy M., as she is often referred, started her own window treatment business. She believes in continuing her education by attending conferences, and subscribing to trade journals. She is the founder of the High Point Chapter of the WCAA – an organization designed to provide support and education in the window covering industry.
Amy M. loves working with clients and enjoys getting to know them through the design process. She has worked with a wide variety of clients and a wide range of budgets. She has experience making custom window treatments, beddings, pillows, cushions, and slipcovers.
My first career was as a Registered Nurse. I worked in Critical Care for 10 years and then in a local Cardiology office for 6 years. My mother-in-law taught me to sew when I was pregnant with my first child. After that, I took classes and learned through practicing and experimenting. Growing up, I wanted to be a Nurse or an Interior Designer. In 2000, after many years in Nursing, I decided to fulfill my other dream and start my own business creating custom window treatments. I did this from my home until 2009, when I merged my business with Amy Baradell, creating Window Works Studio, Inc.
I’m known as “the curtain lady!” Often, we work with clients that aren’t redecorating their entire room or house. But, they want new window treatments, bedding, etc. I have a “knack” for designing these new custom items so they blend well with the existing decor.
I have been married for 32 years and still enjoy spending time with my husband! We enjoy spending time with our grown children, extended family and friends. About once a month we get together with a group of long time friends to play Bunco. Saturday nights are still “Date Night” for my husband and I to have dinner together. I also enjoy running at Salem Lake on the weekends.
Meet Amy Baradell, who has been sewing professionally for 30 years.
In 1983 Amy B. obtained a degree in clothing and textiles from UNC-Greensboro and in 1987 she began her own custom window treatment business. She is very thankful that her business involves two things she enjoys: working with people, and creating beautiful things to enhance their lives.
Her experience includes work with dance studios, theatrical groups, brides, home owners, interior designers, and furniture showrooms. She has designed dance costumes, historical costumes, weddings gowns, custom window treatments, bedding, and slipcovers.
I began sewing at a young age. The first project I remember is a pillow I made in the second grade for my Grandfather who had a stroke. I got involved with the drama department when I was in 7th grade and started designing and creating costumes. This led to my decision to major in Clothing and Textiles at UNC-G. After graduating in 1983, I began my career at a large costume shop in Schenectady, New York. After moving to Charleston, SC in 1987, I began working with designers to create custom window treatments in some of the historical homes located there. I continued to run a sewing business in my home until 2003 when I moved my studio to its present location in Jamestown, NC
My ability to look at things creatively. We assist clients in downsizing and are able to use what they have, add to it, remake it… to make something new for them.
She enjoys spending time with her husband. They married in 2018 after being introduced by business partner, Amy Meinecke. They share a love for running and music. They have four grown children between them and enjoy traveling to see them. Amy enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and trying new local restaurants. She and her husband are members of Hope Chapel in Greensboro and enjoy serving the community with them.
Meet Esther – Office Assistant
Esther came to Window Works with a background in art, customer service, and office work. Esther received her Associates in Fine Arts from Rockingham Community College in 2001, and a Bachelors in Fine Art from UNCG in 2006. For about ten years she was a stay at home mom to her two boys. The last two years she has been working her way back into the working world. Esther loves anything to with art and design. When not working, life is about being the mom of two growing boys. They enjoy watching movies together, playing games, and fishing. Esther loves to create in her spare time. She paints, draws, sews, and does just about anything crafty. She has an Etsy shop called the Precarious Peacock where she sometimes sells jewelry and other handmade items. Reading, photography, and gardening are a few other hobbies. She is passionate about Jesus, family, coffee, animals, and art. Esther is grateful to be in a friendly and creative work environment, and loves helping and meeting new people.
Meet Melba – Alterations Specialist
Melba is a native of the Philippines, and studied at Slims Fashion and Arts School in Manila and Holy Angel University prior to moving to the United States 32 years ago. Melba began sewing at age 12 under the supervision of her mother, who is also a tailor, and she is experienced in all aspects of apparel design and alterations, having worked both in her own bridal shop, and in major bridal, men’s and department stores. In her spare time, Melba loves to design, draw, paint, and enjoys music, cooking, and spending time in the mountains and the beach. Melba is proud to provide excellent quality and service to the clients of Sew4U and Window Works Studio, and is happy to work in such a welcoming, family atmosphere.
Meet Corazon – Alterations Specialist
Corazon was born in the Philippines and went to Slims Fashion and Arts School, one of the best fashion schools in Manila, Philippines. She started sewing when her oldest daughter had programs in school, she made their costumes. After that, she set up her own shop in Manila, specializing in office uniforms, event costumes, and bridal wear.
Corazon moved to North Carolina in 2014. She is very grateful to be working with Window Works Studio, Sew4U, and the creative, supportive, and dedicated staff. In her spare time she enjoys watching reality tv, cooking, and listening to gospel music.
Meet Kathy – Interior Designer & Window Treatment Fabricator
Kathy comes to Window Works Studio from Charlotte after enjoying a rewarding 30 year career in Interior Design and custom window treatments. She and her husband retired to Winston Salem to be closer to their children and grandchildren, but it wasn’t long before she found herself drawn back to the design and fabrication process. As a retired IDS Professional she is committed to harmonizing each client’s needs, dreams and budget to reflect their distinctive style. “It is an honor to be working alongside the talented, dedicated team at Window Works Studio/Sew 4U”
When not spending time with her grandchildren Kathy enjoys visiting with family and friends, reading and culinary exploration with her daughter.
Meet Annagozel – Alterations Specialist
Annagozel worked as a designer and tailor in a small family owned company in Turkmenistan. She had over ten years experience there. As a designer she focused on women’s dresses and jackets. She is now proud to be a part of the Sew4U and Window Works team and is dedicated to exceeding our customers expectations.
Meet Micah – Window Treatment Fabricator
Micah grew up watching her mom sew, so sewing came as second nature. Her mom Melba is one of our alterations specialists. Micah was originally going to help out with general customer service and she began learning and is now part of our fabrication team. Micah loves all things art related. She is currently a full time student pursuing a career in digital marketing.
Meet Grazia – Alterations Specialist
Grazia was born in Italy in the beautiful fishing town of Mazara Del Vallo in Sicily. At the age of ten her mother wanted her to learn to sew, so she sent her to her sister-in law, who was a famous seamstress in her home town. At the age of 12 her family immigrated to the United States. She continued to learn from her cousin who was a seamstress to the Ford family in Michigan. At the age of 18 she started working at a custom window treatment shop, where she worked for 5 years. She then moved to work in Human resources at the United States Postal service, where she worked 34 years before retiring. Sewing and creating has always been her passion. She still loves creating anything crafty, and makes costumes, for nieces and neighbors. Grazia is very happily married to a retired baker, who also immigrated from Rome, Italy. She loves to cook and create recipes. She says by working at Window Works and Sew4u she has found a very customer friendly environment with a great team of co-workers.