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Morris to exhibit embroidery at Holly Days festival

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Sabrina Morris will be among the 70 exhibitors at this weekend's Holly Days Festival of Gifts at Camden Intermediate School.

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By Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Correspondent

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Building on her passion for crafts, Sabrina Morris started her own embroidery business, Custom Embroidery Genie, four years ago.

“I have always just loved doing crafts in general,” she said.

Before Morris started Custom Embroidery Genie, she made jewelry. However, her focus now is on embroidery, crafting towels, bookmarks and fabric centerpieces for tables.

One of her most popular items, she said, is a towel embroidered with the phrase, “If you can read this, dry the dishes.” Other towels feature holiday-themed art, whimsical phrases and designs.

Morris is looking forward to displaying her custom-made embroidery at the Holly Days Festival of Gifts in Camden this weekend. She will be one of 70 vendors at the annual crafts show, which gets underway at Camden Intermediate School Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Holly Days will continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Morris said she has participated in the Holly Days Festival of Gifts in previous years.

“I just love how everyone is so friendly,” said Morris, describing the festival’s atmosphere. “I love to talk to people, and I usually end up making friends.”

The annual event is coordinated by the Camden Woman’s Club. Morris recently joined the club, inspired by its involvement in the community.

“I see all the good they do,” said Morris.

Admission to the Holly Days Festival of Gifts is $4 for adults, $3 for adults who bring a canned food donation. Seniors and students can get in for $2, while admission is free for children younger than 5.

Morris said she started her embroidery business four years ago after viewing an embroidery machine online.

“I fell in love with it,” she said.

Morris offers custom embroidery on a wide variety of items. She in fact embroidered her son’s name on many items when he started kindergarten.

“I love putting my kids’ names on everything,” she said.

Morris lives in Camden with her husband, Aaron, and their children, Samantha and Alexander. Morris enjoys reading and participating in the Ladies Ministry of the First Church of Nazarene in Elizabeth City.

Morris will also display her embroidery at the Mistletoe Show at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center on Nov. 10-11 and the Currituck Arts and Crafts Festival at Currituck County High School on Dec. 1-2.

To view examples of Morris’ work through Custom Embroidery Genie, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/embroiderygenie?ref=seller-platform-mcnav. Items are also available at Southland’s Artisan Gift Shop in Moyock.

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