1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a fabric based interior designer and fabrication studio. When I purchased a Nook eReader I didn’t like any of the standard cases available and began making them for myself and soon friends. In browsing online, I found that a lot of shops were selling pattern instructions rather than a finished item, so I decided to write tutorials on sewing device covers. When I got my iPad (with pattern sale proceeds!) of course, it needed a cover too. In surveying my customers I found that purse patterns were of interest, so now I’m designing purses going forward. It has been so fun designing patterns and chatting with other sewists, I love sharing my designs with people all over the world!
2. What are your favorite projects to design?
I like designing cases and handbags. The pieces are manageable for printing on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and most sew up quickly with professional results. There are so many inspirations for purses and an infinite range of styles and sizes.
3. What is your favorite thing you have made for yourself? For someone else?
The Emma Pattern is by far the best seller. Its hard not to love your leading item! The design is very practical with the extra pocket and is my favorite personal case for iPad. Have made a few for friends and they always love the cover.
4. What is your favorite season/holiday to decorate for?
That would be Christmas! I have 2 large trees, a village, and myriad other decorations. I’ve learned not to put EVERYTHING out each year and rotate decorations to keep it manageable.
5. What DIY tips or tricks would you like to share with customers?
When selecting coordinating fabrics for a single project, consider the scale of the print. The secret to mixing prints is to use different sizes, a small print with a large print in similar colors will work. Two prints that are both small or both large in scale will fight with each other, even if the colors are the same. For a third fabric, use a medium sized print or solid, the secret is varying the scale!
6. Any other interests or hobbies?
I love to bike and do Yoga. Biking keeps the calories melting and Yoga soothes my mind.
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