I love to make things. It is a way for me to express myself, find fulfillment, and share my ideas and feelings with others.
Many of the things I make are for gifts or for myself and my home. I enjoy knitting, sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, and pretty much anything that involves fiber or fabric.
I learned to knit when I was relatively young, though I’m not sure how old I was. Though I made a couple of afghans and small projects over the years, it didn’t really take hold as a daily activity until I was in my late 20s.
Of course I knit for Blythe as well as for humans. I have made countless sweaters for my favorite doll, many of which I’ve sold or given as gifts to other Blythe enthusiasts.
Most of the things I knit are from patterns I make up myself, but I do love to find patterns made by other knitters as well, like the one used to make this scarf.
I also like to do fun projects like this DFTBA (Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!) (Nerdfighters represent!) yarn bomb which was displayed at the corner of Broadway and Main during Art Walk Central 2014.
I have been a sewer (sewist? ‘sewer’ never looks right on the screen) since I was a kid. My mom enrolled me in the local “Busy Bobbins” 4-H group when I was fairly young, where I learned to sew by making a Halloween costume and a tiered denim skirt (the height of fashion in the early 80s!). I continued to sew on and off as I was growing up (I remember making a lot of curtains out of bedsheets during my college years) and really got into making Blythe dresses in 2009. Right now most of my Blythe sewing is for the bi-monthly swap group I help admin.
Over the last few years, I have developed an interest in and passion for making quilts.
I have made a few quilts from my own designs. I really enjoy getting out the graph paper and figuring out how things will fit together.
Figure and Flock is my first major art quilt. I was inspired by Blythe, obviously, but also by nature in the form of the sky and the grass and in the form of birds. This quilt was displayed at Gray’s Furniture as part of Art Walk Central 2015.
I created Spring Fling for the 2015 Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival of Quilts. It was awarded the Gold for Best Portrayal of Theme.