I have always loved to sew and make unique creations. It is important to me that the things I make are useful and used. I am happy when something I’ve made brings pleasure to someone. Through the different stages of life my sewing projects have changed – work clothes, kid’s clothes, doll clothes, quilts… Now that I’m living some of those stages a second time (i.e. the grandparent era), I have the pleasure of reviving and refining what I did the first time around.
Another passion of mine is harvesting fabrics and notions from gently used items rather than buying new. Thrift stores and garage sales provide an ample supply of interesting items to choose from. While at times the project idea precedes the fabric choice, more often than not, my thrift store finds provide the seeds for product ideas. As you have probably guessed, I really enjoy what I do.
My home-based shop is clean and scent, smoke and pet free. When given the option, I choose natural fibers over synthetic, local over distant, and used over new. Pre-used items receive a thorough laundering before the up-cycling process begins. For that matter, new fabrics receive the same treatment to ensure shrinkage occurs before becoming a garment or quilt, rather than after. For sanitary reasons, I use only new quilt batting and pillow stuffing. If you look hard, you may find evidence of a prior life in my products – a stitch line or a random buttonhole, which I think, adds character. I am careful though, to ensure that prior use will not negatively affect wear. My products are designed to withstand the rigors of everyday play. Judging from the condition of the many pieces I have gifted in the past, those standards are being met.