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Black on Black Swing

A quick snapshot before it was boxed and shipped to its new home. A coat from all black silks, pieced into strips sewn together with a beautiful black wool. I had started this a few weeks back and promised a picture of the finished coat. Thank you Jackie for coming up with a great idea. […]
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Workshop in Winter Park

I left Portland, where it was the end of winter, a few buds here and there and hints of spring. And landed in Florida, with 90 degree days, a warm sun shinning and orchids thriving on the back patio. Louise Cutting had arranged 2 [!] retreats, each with fabulous groups of eager sewers. We set […]
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Winter Park Workshop

Hosted by the amazing Louise Cutting, next week I’ll be teaching a workshop in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. Teaching is an excellent brain exercise. You have to break down each part of the process into an understandable and logical order. Normally three or four steps ahead of where I am, I’ll need to slow down and […]
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Black on Black

I have a system in place for my pieced swing coats and choose the colors carefully. So when people ask if I can make one in a different color way, I almost always have to decline. However, this one intrigued me, black on black. Nothing but texture to differentiate the various fabrics. Below, the coat […]
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Spring Forward

Light colors for Spring! A jacket pieced from various white and cream kimono silks. See the very pretty brocade, with the touches of silver and crimson? I’ve been saving the last pieces of this fabric for a special project. It turns out the special project was this jacket. It adds just enough color to remind […]
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Home from the ACC Baltimore Craft Show

Whew! A whirlwind cross country trip from Portland, Oregon to Baltimore, Maryland. It’s always an energizing, fun and inspiring week. I bring all my clothes, set up my booth, carefully hang everything in place, then wait for the doors to open and my friends and customers to stop by. It’s like an open house for […]
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Ready for 2017 ACC Baltimore

Just around the corner! It’s the American Craft Council’s annual show in Baltimore. I’ve been at my sewing machine, head down, kimono silk flying, scissors snipping, pins and needles everywhere and finally, in the end, a new group of jackets and coats. Like this one below, cut and reassembled to emphasize the gorgeous red and […]
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Layering Up

It’s the perfect opportunity for pattern on pattern. A hitoe [my unlined jacket/blouse] over a hitoe with a trench on top. I know you know about layering, whether the temperature drops down or goes up, you’ll be good. Just add on another or peal one off. Below, a crane covered peach hitoe under a grey […]
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For ACC Baltimore 2017

A new trench coat sewn from vintage meisen kimono silk. Finished and ready for the 2017 American Craft Show in Baltimore, Maryland. Coming up soon! February 24-26. No, my picture is not out of focus. It’s that amazing meisen fabric, a Japanese ikat. First they print the fabric, then they unweave it. Then they reweave […]
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New for ACC Baltimore 2017

My studio is buzzing! Lots going on as I prepare for the American Craft Council’s annual show in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland. Each week I focus on a different style and shape. Two weeks ago, it was unlined jackets and trench coats. In the last several days, it’s been jackets. Pieced, appliquéd or beaded, all made […]
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