Brother International’s Machines Help Make Stunning Pillows

Friendship Circle’s Soul Studio was abuzz with excitement Tuesday as artists and staff put the finishing touches on the newest gallery exhibit, Location, Location, Location, debuting tonight (Thursday, May 17) at 5586 Drake Road in West Bloomfield.

Amid the flurry of activity, Lindsay Pringle sat quietly, watching and listening as staffer Olivia Dixon explained how to use the studio’s table-top loom, a more complicated apparatus than the rigid-heddle loom she’s used to.

Staying focused isn’t always easy for the 30-year-old from Grand Blanc who’s known around the studio as a social butterfly.

“I like hanging out with my friends,” she says with a smile.

“Lindsay loves to joke around when she’s on the floor,” Olivia explains, “but the loom is where she excels.”

Lindsay loves to paint but really seems to gravitate toward weaving, said her mother, Ginger Pringle, who’s also gifted in the fiber arts.

Her daughter agrees.

“I like it,” said Lindsay, whose prized, animal-themed pillows are sure to draw a crowd during the exhibit’s opening night.
Her talent for weaving is evident in each pillow – there are five in all. On the back of each design is Lindsay’s woven artwork, in colors reminiscent of the animal depicted on the front.

The detailed images of the animals – a tiger, sea turtle, parrot, zebra and penguins – are embroidered using a high-tech embroidery machine, one of several pieces of equipment donated by Brother International.

The tiger pillow was Lindsay’s first but the zebra one is her favorite. “I like zebras,” she said as she looked over her creations.

“Lindsay really loves animals,” said her mother, Ginger Pringle, who volunteers at the studio while her daughter attends every Tuesday and Thursday.

Lindsay developed a brain injury at age 2 after coming down with chickenpox. She has been a studio regular for years, starting with the program before the current Farber Center site opened in 2016.

“If it wasn’t so far, we’d be here every day,” said Ginger, who lives in Grand Blanc. At the studio, Ginger often completes woven or embroidered pieces for artists who’ve moved on to other projects.

At home, she and Lindsay work on projects together.

“One of Lindsay’s jobs is to pick out the threads I am going to use because she’s great with colors,” Ginger said. “It gives her a sense of accomplishment, which is something we all need.”

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