Mary Van Doren's Profile
Clever Ruthie is named for my interesting Grandma Ruth, an inspiring seamstress! She even has a couple of inventions to her credit, including Roman shade tape. She bought me my first sewing machine and she was, of course, very clever. Now I am also inspired by vintage fabric, trims, buttons and more to create new things, every single one of them absolutely *one of a kind.* I let the materials – fabric, hankies, doilies, bits of lace, even costume jewelry – tell me what they should become, and then I do my best to execute that vision, designing each piece to show off the vintage materials and, I hope, to be a something of a work of art as well as earth-friendly, recycled and upcycled.
Nothing in my shop that is handmade will ever be re-created. nor will you see fabric selections for making the same piece over again simply in another fabric or color. Whatever single piece of vintage material I fi…
- Joined April 9, 2011