Margaret Swanson Vance

Margaret Swanson Vance


I grew up here in Seattle and was knitting and sewing at a young age, along with my 3 sisters and 2 brothers. When I got to the U of W, I found a great fit in a degree called Textiles, Clothing and Art, learning pattern drafting, sewing techniques and art/textile history. I graduated in 1975 and was experimenting with making little animals of my own design, finding mostly cartoonish stuffed animals were being made at the time. I found a place to sell them at the Pike Place Market in 1977, and when I had the idea to add wings to not only horses, but pigs, cats, elephants and more, they really started taking off! I have since added to my repertoire with finger puppets, magic wands and crowns and more.

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