My Great-Grandmother gave me my first lessons in sewing when I was around six years old. She taught me sewing by hand, always reminding me to take small and even stitches. From the start my enjoyment came from free-form sewing, along with designing my own patterns, and to this day I have great difficulty in following a pattern.
The name of my first sewing business was Elf Creations, and how it began was with a bag that I made for a friend to carry her crystals in. She was pleased enough to place an order for a few more, and after that beginning I went on to taking commission orders for custom bags for musical instruments, and carrying bags of all sorts.
My love of vintage velvets and silks got me started making purses, and small bags to carry crystals and other sacred objects in. I sold these to stores in the Los Angeles area for a few years. My claim to fame with Elf Creations was seeing a photograph of a celebrity carrying one of my purses in People Magazine
After moving from Los Angeles to Northern California I worked in a friend’s vintage clothing store for a few years. The store was very well-known and was in the beautiful town of San Rafael which is on the northern side of San Francisco. Not only did I enjoy wearing the beautiful vintage clothes from the shop, I also enjoyed studying how the clothing was made by turning it inside out and then following the seams with my eye.
I enjoyed repairing the dresses in the shop that had been damaged from customers while trying them on. And that led to me re-structuring the clothes that were beyond repair. I began a new line which I called Woof Woof, and made dresses and skirts from the bits and pieces of old vintage clothing.
My sewing seems to come and go in spurts, first it was Elf Creations. Life got in the way for a while and then I did the clothing for Woof Woof. Another life change, and now here I am with another sewing line.
The Treelings, that I made for awhile are something that I am very proud of. They seemed to create themselves which told me that I was going in the right direction, and every one is a bit different because I do not use a pattern. I dye most of my own fabrics for them, which, not only gives me more control of the color, it also seems to be a righteous thing to do.