Ahles, Carol Laflin 1948-

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AHLES, Carol Laflin 1948-

PERSONAL: Born January 13, 1948; daughter of William L., Sr. and Margaret (Elias) Laflin; married Ronald F. Ahles, May 23, 1970; children: Daniel R., Emily Ahles Dickey. Education: Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, B.A., 1970.

ADDRESSES: Home—3110 Ashlock Dr., Houston, TX 77082. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Buttons 'n' Bows Fabrics, Houston, TX, coowner and teacher of sewing classes, 1981-88; seamstress, pattern designer, and writer. Teacher of sewing classes; speaker at festivals and conventions; guest on media programs, including America Sews with Sue Hausmann, Public Broadcasting Service, 2001.

MEMBER: Smocking Arts Guild of America, American Sewing Guild.


Fine Machine Sewing: Easy Ways to Get the Look of Hand Finishing and Embellishing, Taunton Press (Newtown, CT), 1996, revised edition, 2001.

Author of operator manuals for various sewing machines, including (with Jackie Dodson) Know Your Elna, Chilton Book Co. Contributor to books, including Notions: Fifty Great Gadgets You Can't Live Without, Taunton Press (Newtown, CT), 2000. Author of "Carol Ahles Answers," a column in Creative Needle. Contributor to sewing magazines, including Threads and Creative Machine Newsletter.