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Winter Park Workshop

Hosted by the amazing Louise Cutting,┬ánext 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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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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New Shelves

When things feel out of control, my favorite antidote: Organize. I wish I had taken a before picture, it didn’t even occur to me. You’ll have to imagine, shelves balanced on top of other shelves. Piles of kimono silk leaning precariously, ready to tumble onto the floor any minute. No room for even a skinny […]
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Randall Darwall, A Prince Among Men

My heart is breaking. My mentor and friend, Randall Darwall passed away this Friday, January 13th. Randy, hand-weaver extraordinaire, teacher and craft world advocate. He was, to the core, a genuinely kind and good man. For over 30 years he has graciously and generously guided me through my career in the craft show world. In […]
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Christmas Party at the White House!

At the White House, under the portrait of George Washington and standing right next to our First Lady, Michelle Obama, it’s Judy Fardig, volunteer extraordinaire and chapter leader of Organizing for America. She’s wearing the dress I made just for this occasion. Next to Michelle is Mary Sorteberg, wife of Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkely. At […]
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Holiday Show 2016

It’s our annual Holiday Show right here in beautiful Portland Oregon. We’ll have two clothing artists: shibori artist supreme: Elisabeth Gillem And me! Brand new work, plus super deals on selected pieces Two jewelry artists: Melissa Stiles, with her bold graphic designs Betsy Bensen’s jewelry incorporates gorgeous jaspers, agates, pearls and semi-stones And the oh […]
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Some Good Stuff

Ava, my neighbor’s serious little dog, came to visit for an afternoon. She knows but isn’t saying. A giant box of beautiful kimono silks arrived. Gorgeous stuff! I can’t wait to get into these. My big project! Here, in mid process, it’s all but complete now. For the White House Christmas party [Yes!]. Too much […]
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Go High

Writing a few sentences each week, adding pictures, this blog has been my way to look back and and make sense of the things I’ve done and seen, the people I’ve been with, the time I’ve spent. Bad things do happen, I’m tired or angry or even bored, but each week, no matter what else […]
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Hitoe Jacket, Fitted Version

She likes a more tailored look, so could I remake this black and white ‘Hitoe’? She was asking about the one below, that Grace is modeling. A closer look, on my dress form, looking soft and relaxed. The custom version finished. Smaller, shorter, and more fitted. It’s amazing isn’t it? How the simplest of variations […]
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Christmas Starts in August

She needs, for a very special Christmas party, a new skirt with a matching top. We’ve chosen a design and the fabric. Next up, build the pattern. Muslin shows every single problem, so it’s perfect for the first fitting. Here it is, a little ghost of a dress. I’ll draft the pattern off of this. […]
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