I first learned to sew because I wanted to make skirts and maybe some dresses. a pretty simple goal I think. I learned over one of my winter breaks and came back to school with my little featherweight and some simple patterns. thankfully I was living in the south, so it didn’t matter that it was january and I wanted to make skirts. after a few skirts, and a dress here and there, my mind started to wander to bags. I am my mother’s daughter after all, which means I have a deep obsession with shoes and bags. making shoes is pretty much out of my league, but bags I can handle. so then I went on to making bags, probably more than one person needs really. I don’t think I have any bags left from that time, I gave most away I think. eventually school got in the way and then my knitting obsession kicked in and bag-making was pushed to the wayside.
this sort of cycle seems to have repeat itself. I started sewing again to make some clothes, but I somehow became enamored with quilt-making instead. and, of course, bags were soon to follow. something happened this summer where I had more ideas than time. I just kept doodling in my sketchbook and tried to work on each idea as I could. maybe it was taking that screenprinting class that did something to me. somehow it got me back into that creative state I’ve missed. funny how school does that to you.
some of the sketches were quilt ideas, but more and more were for bags I wanted. I played around with the shapes and sizes until it looked like the picture in my mind. I was pretty stoked when it did, not so much when it was the total opposite. in the end though it didn’t matter, I just loved the sketching and sewing. I love combining colors and shapes, sometimes in unexpected ways.
this is a really long-winded way of telling you about my little shop. I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve been delaying this back because of nerves. but the few people I’ve told have pushed me and have kept reminding me that you have to take chances. so here I am taking a chance. I really hope you like the few things I’ve made. I’ve loved making them.
now I’m just going to go hide for a bit. there’s some tomato jam I’d like to make.