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Hello and welcome to Buttons In The Attic! I am so excited to share my special creations with you…

My name is Karen, and I feel like I have been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember. I started doing needlepoint when I was 6 (taught by my maternal Grandma) and started sewing when I was 7. My first project was my Campfire vest! From sewing, I branched out into many different crafts as I grew older… such as knitting, quilting, crochet, counted cross stitch and embroidery, bobbin lace, inkle and card weaving, rug hooking, even tried my hand at braided rugs, as well as making cold process soaps. Dh loves to tease me about my crafting, since I do so many different things!

I love the prim/Americana/Country style of decorating. I spent much time during the summers growing up going to antique stores, junk shops and old…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 2
  • Joined October 31, 2009

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wool yarn and fabric, quilt quality cotton fabric, silk, recycled fabric and yarns, cotton and silk floss

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About

Hello and welcome to Buttons In The Attic! I am so excited to share my special creations with you…

My name is Karen, and I feel like I have been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember. I started doing needlepoint when I was 6 (taught by my maternal Grandma) and started sewing when I was 7. My first project was my Campfire vest! From sewing, I branched out into many different crafts as I grew older… such as knitting, quilting, crochet, counted cross stitch and embroidery, bobbin lace, inkle and card weaving, rug hooking, even tried my hand at braided rugs, as well as making cold process soaps. Dh loves to tease me about my crafting, since I do so many different things!

I love the prim/Americana/Country style of decorating. I spent much time during the summers growing up going to antique stores, junk shops and old barns with my folks finding lost treasures. I collect butter pats, salt cellars and antique books, school books being my favorites. Many of these items will probably show up in my photos I take of my creations. One thing I really like about making my dolls and things, is I feel that everyone who receives one of my little creations, is getting a piece of me as well. I really enjoy making them, and they feel like they are all part of my family, so I guess in retrospect, everyone who gets one, is also part of the family!

I strive to make a quality product, one that I am very proud of. I take much care in creating my dolls, ornies, tucks, and other items. I have chosen not to use glue in creating my items, and if for some reason I do need to glue, I will specify that I have. I prefer to sew the buttons on and attach the aprons and any other trims with needle and thread. Once, long ago, I did glue a doll dress closed, and had someone try to open the dress and I was embarrassed and mortified--they thought it was snapped and so I swore that I would only sew, sew, sew. Glue fails and while others use glue, I do not want to sound on my high horse, it is just a choice I have made for myself. So there is much handwork that goes into my little goodies, and I hope they bring as much joy to you as their creation has brought to me!

I am a proud member of an Etsy Team called The Old Farmhouse Gathering. It is a talented, professional group of artisans who create everything from Primitive to Shabby Chic, with an old-fashioned flair! Please type--OFG team-- to see all their wonderful work. We can also be found at oldfarmhousegathering.blogspot.com . You won't be disappointed!

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