Artistic HandmadeTextiles from paper, fiber, and fabric

I love making pretty things!

What I do...

I started making things I imagined and couldn't find in stores.  Now I can supply you too.

A Few of my Favorite Things:

I handmake all sorts of things:  dyed wool for spinning and felting, stationery, journals, handbags, quilts, and more.  I have been known to draw, paint, and sculpt.  I even take custom orders if you have a particular vision.

Some of My Recent Creations:

Dyed Wool Roving

Gradient roving is my best seller.

Handspun Yarns

I started dying wool because I love spinning.

Gradient yarns are scarcely available commercially, so I started dying and spinning my own.  There is a certain look to handspun yarn that can't be captured by commercial means.  Handspinning gives you the ability to create a yarn that matches the image in your mind's eye with respect to gauge, color blend, number and twist of plies, and color placement.  

Handbound Books

I love to write and keep journals, so naturally I started bookbinding.

I make a range of books styles using various techniques.  Single signature junk journals are quick and fun.  I love hand stitching headbands and adding bookmark ribbons to my thicker blank journals. 

Handmade Stationery Sets

Pretty Paper for Your Penpals!

I make stationery sets in a multitude of themes.  My favorites are nature and vintage.  

Work to Date

Work on Public Display

I made the drapes that hang in the front window of The Tuscan Moon restaurant in Kalona, IA.

Fun with Wool

My mom started teaching me to crochet when I was 3, the neighbor lady taught me to knit at age 7, and I have been obsessed with fiber arts ever since.  Lately, I'm into dying gradient wool roving.

Needlework

Alma Berg, that neighbor lady, also taught me to tat and embroider when I was a child.  I have never stopped being grateful to her!  My grandmother gave me her old 1941 Kenmore electric sewing machine when I was 11, and I worked my way from Halloween costumes all the way to the wedding clothes for both my husband and myself for our wedding.  

Bookbinding

I have always loved writing.  I've kept a journal since I was 13, and had to learn to make my own books so I could get exactly what I wanted.  I do ketle, coptic, pamphlet stitch styles.  Junk journals have become my favorite, and I've started making them with multiple signatures. 

Stationery

Up until recently, I've had an impossible time getting a pen pal who would keep responding.  I tend to write novellas, and it turns out there are actually people out there who will put in the effort to keep up.  Thank you Swap-Bot.com!  

Fine Art

I've won several distinctions for my drawing and painting in shows and competitions.  I have been too busy with more functional art projects to paint much recently, but I still manage to make some small watercolors and ATCs.