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Megan Whitney
Founder & Co-Owner
Megan Whitney founded Urban Sewciety in the fall of 2015.  She began crafting as a young child, trying her hand at every craft she could get her hands on, including knitting, crochet, watercolor painting, and sewing (which quickly became her favorite thing to do!)  Megan attended Lehigh University and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering, then worked in commercial construction for 9 years.  Upon leaving the corporate world in 2007 to be a stay at home mom, Megan dug out her machine and dove back into sewing.   In 2015 she opened Urban Sewciety in a teeny tiny studio space in Westfield, NJ.  Just one year later, she teamed up with Megan Sawyer and expanded to the current location.  Megan can’t wait to get to work every day to share her passion for creating beautiful things with kids and adults every day. 


Meg Sawyer
Co-Owner
Meg Sawyer is a life-long resident of Cranford, NJ with a Masters degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She learned to sew from her grandmother at the age of ten years old.  In high school she took every sewing class offered, then continued developing her sewing skills in college - when she wasn’t studying, she was sewing!  Megan began teaching sewing in her hometown and at various schools in New Jersey as a side gig.  In 2016, she became an instructor at Urban Sewciety.  The two Megans soon realized they made a great team and joined forces, becoming business partners in October 2016.  They expanded to meet the growing demand and moved to the current location on South Avenue.  Currently her favorite thing to sew is anything involving paper piecing!












Cathy Kanterman graduated University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources then continued on to Monmouth University where she graduated with a Masters in Elementary Education.  She taught for several years before becoming a stay at home mom of 3 children.  She has tutored, chaired several PTA events, and was an in home childcare provider.  Cathy enjoys doing a variety of craft projects and enjoys incorporating sewing in her projects.   Her love for sewing comes from her mom, and is grateful that they get to share the love of crafting, sewing and quilting.  Cathy feels very fortunate to be able to incorporate her love of sewing and teaching here at the studio.  


Cathy Kanterman 
Instructor 
Carmela Resnick is a graduate of Montclair State University with a teaching degree in Home Economics. She began her career as a children’s designer and merchandise manager working for several major commercial pattern companies for 20 years. She has taught sewing lessons to children and adults at Sears Sewing School, Fabricland and The Exploration Studio. She has also studied various mediums of art for 15 years and currently continues to paint, exhibit and sell her art work as well as give sewing instruction to adults and children of all ages.  Carmela's energy, spirit, and passion for everything crafty is evident each and every time she's in the studio!


Carmela Resnick
Instructor


Meg Farhenbach 
Instructor 
Meg Fahrenbach was born and raised in Westfield. She began quilting when she was 5 years old, helping her Gram hand stitch quilts on a handmade quilting frame. Meg’s love for textile arts grew from there, and she pursued her education in the visual arts at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. She began her career as an early childhood teacher, but Meg’s life turned down a different path as her family began to grow. She began knitting professionally, as well as designing her own embroidery patterns. She eventually found her way back to sewing and quilting, and before long it was clear that this was Meg’s calling. Meg teaches quilting and embroidery classes for adults workshops. 


Julie Horne
Instructor 
Julie Horne studied Fine Arts with a theater concentration at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She spent several years working as an event planner for a NYC charity before becoming a stay home mom of 4 in Cranford. She has taught children’s theater classes, served as a Girl Scout Leader and PTA Board Member where she always tried to inspire creative thinking. Julie has been sewing off and on for many years until she made her first quilt a few years ago and she hasn’t put her machine away since.  Her favorite part of teaching the kids is seeing the smile and sense of pride when something they’ve patiently worked on is finished. Julie comes from a large family of talented crafters and credits her love of sewing to her mother and grandmother.
Andrea McDermott started sewing and crafting as a child and found it to be a very rewarding part of her life. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in Business Administration. She began her career in marketing support with IBM then became a stay at home mom once her children where born. While raising her four children in Westfield she began making window treatments and accessories to decorate her own home. She really enjoys assisting our students especially when she sees them demonstrate the same satisfaction from learning to sew that she had as a child. When she is not at the studio she enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren and also pursuing her new found hobby of raising chickens.








Andrea McDermott

Instructor

After moving to New York City from Colorado, Adria studied fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Since then, she has worked with various luxury fashion labels, including Marchesa and Miguelina, Inc.. While working closely with the designers through the design process, Adria also oversaw fabric sourcing, pattern making, sample making and production. Adria is the founder and creative director of Adria Streeter, a fashion label specializing in custom RTW designs, cocktail dresses, and evening gowns. Adria’s designs have been commissioned for celebrities attending red carpet events as well as editorial shoots. In 2017, Adria moved to New Jersey and spends most of her time with her husband and two daughters. She is currently a Girl Scout Daisy troop leader and active PTA member.








Adria Streeter 
Instructor 

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  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email: info@urbansewciety.com
  • 361 South Avenue E, Suite 4 (2nd fl)
  • Westfield, NJ 07090