Bio

Welcome to Alexandra’s digital portfolio. This Site is intended to showcase samples of sewing, textile mounting experience, dancing, web design, writing and more!

Alexandra Thelin

With Tuffy

Alexandra began dancing at the age of 3 and spent her childhood competing around the country obtaining local and national championship titles. She is still actively involved with dancing as a ballroom dancer and enjoys the rumba, waltz and cha cha cha best.

It was evident that Alexandra had a love of fashion during her childhood; she would spend hours designing dance costumes for paper dolls that included the use of markers and glitter.

After receiving a BA in Art History at Montclair State University, she went to graduate school at both Montclair State University for an MA in Theater with a concentration in Arts Management and the Fashion Institute of Technology for Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory and Museum Practice.

She is currently employed working in Communications and Marketing for a large institution and also runs her Web design business, Tri-Star Design. She enjoys building her web design portfolio. She also is an adjunct professor in Fashion Studies.

Her family is actively involved with Boston Terrier Rescue and fosters homeless Boston Terriers in addition to their dogs Tuffy (10.15.95-6.1.10), Turbo, Rory and Charles Lowell.

Yellow cabled knit vest

I recently finished the Cloud Chaser vest, designed by Amy Swenson. I used a cotton and linen blend yarn from KnitPicks.com.

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“Monday Morning View”

As part of my web design position at Montclair State University, I am involved with a video project known as the “Monday Morning View.” Members of the campus community are asked to give their opinions on various topics, and all of the recordings are edited into a short video clip.

Here are some of my personal favorite episodes of the “Monday Morning View”

Please visit the “Monday Morning View” archive for the full list of episodes.

Baby Name Hat Knitting Pattern

10936_617187614172_26113204_35701677_1742825_n_mediumMy mother and I created this knitting pattern for a personalized baby name hat.

Baby Name Hat Pattern (download-able .pdf)

Size: Finished hat fits a 1 year old baby, approximately  (Hat was large on newborn in picture)
Needle: Circular size 5, 15” length, dpns size 5 (Note: Use size 3 needles to make a proportionate smaller hat. Size 3 needles make a hat that will fit approximately 6 months – 1 year)
Gauge: 8 st and 8 rows = 1”
Notions: Graph paper, pencil, measuring tape, needle to weave in ends

Yarn: Worsted weight (Such as Caron Simply Soft or Vanna’s Choice Baby)
Less than one skein each of:
Color A (Light blue)
Color B (White)
Color C (Dark blue)

Chloe HatDirections:
CO on 92 stitches on a size 5 circular needle in Color A.  Join and place marker. Work 4 rows of K1P1 ribbing.
Work 4 rows of Color C in stockinette stitch (K all rows).
Work name band over next 7 rows in stockinette stitch.* (See chart. Be sure to center letters based on length of name. I suggest cutting off the yarn at the end of each of the 7 name band rows and weave in the ends later since the pattern is done in the round. The color of the letters could be either Color A or Color B. Your choice!)
Work 4 rows of Color C in stockinette stitch.
Work 4 rows of Color A in stockinette.
Work 4 rows of Color B in stockinette.
Repeat these 8 rows of Color A and B 2 more times (Or until 5.5” from cast on edge. Adjust stripe colors as necessary for the remainder of the pattern. All stripes should consist of 4 rows.)

Begin decreases:
(Color A) Round 1: K6, K2tog until last 4 stitches, K4
(Color A) Round 2: K5, K2tog until last 4 stitches, K4
(Color A) Round 3: K4, K2tog until last 4 stitches, K4
(Color A) Round 4: K3, K2tog until last 4 stitches, K4
(Color B) Round 5: K2, K2tog
(Color B) Round 6: K1, K2tog
Draw needle through remaining stitches and pull, secure with a few stitches.

*When working the pattern, be aware that you are starting from the bottom right edge of your name graph.  You knit from right to left, bottom to top.

Alphabet Chart

Ballroom Showcase – Waltz

American Smooth Waltz, part 2

Stitching the National 9/11 Flag

As part of Constitution Day at Montclair State University, I was given the change to stitch the National 9/11 Flag.

The 30-foot flag had originally been hung at a construction site across from the World Trade Center towers. It survived the attacks and is now being reconstructed during a tour, “using pieces of fabric from American flags scheduled for retirement from all 50 states.” (National911Flag.org)

Restore. Empower. Inspire.

For more information about the tour and the National 9/11 Flag, please visit: National911Flag.org

New York Foundation: National 9/11 Flag

Merino and silk knit cardigan

I recently finished knitting myself a 3/4 sleeve cardigan with crochet and glass bead flowers as decoration.
Merino and silk blue knit cardigan

Recent Sewing Projects

I have been sewing a lot lately and wanted to share some images.

Cotton jersey giraffe dress

Cotton giraffe print jersey dress with cotton jersey contrasting neckline. Giraffe jersey purchased from ReproDepot.com.  Pink jersey purchased at Mood in New York City.

Green floral dress

Green voile floral print dress with slip underneath. Both fabrics purchased at Fabricland in NJ.

I have some more projects in the  making and will post information about them as soon as they are finished.

Carol Hannah Whitfield’s Fashion Show

I attended Carol Hannah Whitfield’s collection launch at Michael C. Fina in New York City. Carol Hannah was a contestant on Season 6 of Project Runway. Her collection was beautiful and the surrounding china at Michael C. Fina provided a gorgeous backdrop.

Carol Hannah and Alexandra

Logan Neitzel and Epperson Rod were also in attendance

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Video produced by Michael C. Fina of the event:

Beautiful showing, fun experience!

TheKnot.com TV Live Fashion Show

I booked a job as a model for bridal fashions on TheKnot.com’s Live Runway fashion show.

Here I am with the special guest Mark Ingram and the two other models right before we went live. TheKnot.com Bridal Runway Show

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Photo credit: Mark Ingram

At right, is a photo of myself I snapped with my cell phone:

To view the video segment, please visit TheKnot.com’s TV section to see past shows. I was featured in The Knot LIVE, Season 2, Episode 5.

Special thanks to Carley Roney – founder of TheKnot.com, Mark Ingram – The Bridal Atelier, Jodi Friedman – AP of TKL, Tim Wilkins – hair and make up,  and everyone at TheKnot.com!

American Smooth Waltz

Working on our American Smooth Waltz – With partner Clyde.

B-I-N-G-O Spells Murder

The two weekend run of the murder mystery dinner show, “B-I-N-G-O Spells Murder” has just finished.

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The plot description: “Father O’Sullivan is desperate. But who wouldn’t be? The bank is about to foreclose on his church buildings and orphanage. He’s got young people struggling with questions of love, developers struggling to turn the house of God into the Condos of God, a gangster struggling with the English language, and a bookkeeper who’s just a struggle for everyone. Plus, he’s hosting a Bingo night as a last chance to raise enough money to get himself out of this mess. So, what happens when his bookkeeper is killed and the money is stolen? It’s time for Father O’Sullivan to “forgive-and-forget” nothing as he struggles to solve the crime.”

Rehearsal ShotIt was a lot of fun interacting with the audience as Jennifer Boyleston, fiancee of Greg Arlington. Greg was the church’s first orphan to live in the church orphanage. He and Jennifer want to get married but do not have enough money to plan a wedding. Is that enough of a motive to kill? Each night, the audience voted who they felt “whodunit” and Jennifer Boyleston happily received many, many votes each night with her innocent appearance! Almost all performances were sold out and the cast formed solid friendships.

Produced by the Theater League of Clifton. Director: Linda Wielkotz. Producer: Mark Peterson.

(Rehearsal image courtesy of Mark Peterson)

Ballroom Showcase – Cha Cha Cha

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