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Piecing Together a New Career
Mooresville’s Sandra McCaslin makes throws that have been featured on a Broadway stage.
Sandra McCaslin’s decorative throws warm up Broadway
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When Mooresville resident Sandra McCaslin retired from a long and happy teaching career in 2007, she never imagined she would embark on a second career. But she did, and it’s something for which she has a strong passion and talent. A couple of years before her 2007 retirement, McCaslin started making decorative throws/blankets. At first, she gave them as gifts, but after some trial and error, she realized that she had a feel for it. “I thought, ‘I can really do this, and I like doing it,’ ” she recalls.” With that, Alexandra’s Accents was born. The quality of her throws is impressive, as the material is rich and beautiful. They look and feel substantial, with a nice weight to them. She uses a different design on each side, choosing patterns and colors that coordinate and complement one another. McCaslin works with a chenille blend, and likes that material because it is plush and soft. “I love finding the fabric and knowing it will add a pop to a room,” she says, adding that she finds a lot of her fabrics in Boston, as many high-end, quality fabrics are available there. McCaslin has a son who lives there, and several times a year she and her husband make the trip up. She’s been known to bring empty luggage for her purchases. For a while, she sold some of her work in a few high-end shops in the Charlotte area but decided she’d rather sell directly to customers. Her pieces are now sold on Etsy, and she also sells at design shows in North Carolina and elsewhere. A Broadway set designer discovered McCaslin’s work on Etsy and purchased one of her throws for the Broadway show You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones. Another of her throws was used at the Court Theatre in Chicago, and another made it onto the Amazon series Alpha House. McCaslin now has customers all over the world, including Australia, Hong Kong and Great Britain, as she’s received thank you notes from almost everywhere. She finds it very satisfying knowing her designs bring happiness to people and add beauty to For more information regarding their homes. — Allison Futterman, Alexandra’s Accents, visit www.alexandrasoriginals.com. photography by Lisa Crates
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