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Needless to say, as a lifelong seamstress, much of Ruth's design work has been in fabric, and there are few challenges that she can't conquer. She specializes in bringing creative visions to life—whether her own or those of others—and is an adept problem solver.


Prior to her retirement in 2018, Ruth spent several years as a valued member of the New Balance R&D department, working in their model shop to build prototype athletic shoes and develop manufacturing techniques for the hottest new styles. In between her earlier life as a bridal seamstress and her role as an R&D tech, Ruth spent a decade working for a textile manufacturer stitching samples and building displays.

Ruth completed a Graphic Design and Digital Imaging certificate program at UMass Lowell with a straight 4.0 and high praise from her instructors in 2012. It was during this time that she developed something of an addiction to Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver.

In retirement Ruth has ditched her formal digital portfolio and scattered her favorite creations around this site. The thumbnails below offer pop-up displays of goodies built in Photoshop, Flash/Garage Band, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. To see a much bigger InDesign project, we suggest locating a copy of Twirling Jennies: A HIstory of Social Dance (and other mischief) in the City of Spindles 1820–1920. Oh, and the quirky wine label design, lower left, was done in Illustrator.

The dance photography in the fantasy images is by Ella Carlson.
The Flash animation uses a traditional English dance tune (and has been converted to a YouTube video).
The website was a Christmas gift for a family member.
The brochure is for an imaginary inn based on Ruth's old house.
And the booklet shares a trick Ruth devised during her bridal days.

Also below is a link to images of Ruth's quilts. The first two were wedding gifts with embroidered insets done by people close to the couple. The third quilt sprung from Ruth's Lowell research project. She's also done some simpler quilts—but she's never made a habit of quilting as it takes a very special reason to invest the required amount of time.

Today she spends her time tweaking her websites, serving on her condo board, researching and organizing family history, doing random sewing projects that strike her fancy, working with local non-profits, dancing (and performing) with her husband, and enjoying her family, her friends, her grandchildren and her neighborhood. She hopes to be doing more writing eventually, both fiction and non-fiction.

dance images Abbots Bromley Website
Brochure Booklet Quilts
wine bottle Fabric displays
Main Site (Twirling Jennies) Comments? Questions? Copyright 2011-2022 by Ruth Evans