About Our Staff

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Toni Mason

Toni graduated from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 1984 and then moved to NC. After working for 2 years at an architectural firm she opened her own commercial interior design firm, doing all corporate design work. In 2001 she shut down the firm, wanting to be available to care for her new grandchildren. She also ran the After School program at Durham Academy Middle School, using her crafty abilities to initiate a lot of crafting activities with the kids there. In 2010 she quit DA and opened Sew Crafty, offering her own after school program, which is still active. Toni has enjoyed sewing since she was 12 and loves to share her knowledge. She got very interested in quilting and loves teaching kids and adults to sew. She thinks it’s a great skill to have and wants to make it available to kids, especially now that it is mostly not taught in school anymore.

Tamika Heard

Tamika came to Sew Crafty in March of 2022 looking for a place where she could teach her private lesson customers. She’d been teaching out of her home and wanted a more professional setting. She also offers tailoring and custom sewing services through her business called Meek Makings. She now also helps at Sew Crafty when there are more than 2 kids coming for the Sewing After School program and during Summer Sewing Camp.  She also  teaches most of the evening adult sewing workshops. Tamika is very good at garment sewing, which is a good compliment to Toni’s skills which focus more on quilting and crafty sewing.  Tamika has been a wonderful addition to Sew Crafty.


Erin has worked as a costume designer, costume technician, costume shop manager and wardrobe manager for regional and university theatres for over twenty years, and has extensive experience designing, patterning, and building costumes for theatre and dance. Erin holds an MFA in Costume Design from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BA in Studio Art from James Madison University. Most recently, Erin served as the Costume Shop Manager and Instructor of Costume Design at Duke University, and has worked with Meredith College, Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, Westminster College, American Dance Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, The Virginia Repertory Dance Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Center, and American Repertory Theatre, among others. 
Erin is currently helping out at Sew Crafty with some of the children’s sewing sessions and is also available for private lessons during the week.

Our Location

101 Orange Street, Suite 102,
Durham, NC, 27701

Sew Crafty

101 Orange St Durham, NC 27701

Parking Lot

326 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 680-2481

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