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My grandmother used to hand stitch kimonos in Japan, using bolts of amazing fabrics that came in a standard size. With minimal cutting, she used the bolts like panels and hand sewed the kimono. I was amazed. I was so inspired by her skill and by the fabrics that I decided to use her tiny scraps and make a collage quilted cushion. One of my first repurposing projects! Many of the scraps I used had stamps on them from the shops that made the fabric. Kind of like a label. My grandmother couldn't believe I would use these pieces and show the stamps. To me they looked so unique, vintage, and I hated to see all of that lush fabric go in the trash. No matter how small the piece. "Tombo" means dragonfly in Japanese. The Japanese depict the dragonfly in a lot of their ceramics, fabrics and art, and from an early time I developed a love of the design. I am inspired by many things but my grandmother and dragonflies are on the top of the list!…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 28
  • Joined November 15, 2011

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My grandmother used to hand stitch kimonos in Japan, using bolts of amazing fabrics that came in a standard size. With minimal cutting, she used the bolts like panels and hand sewed the kimono. I was amazed. I was so inspired by her skill and by the fabrics that I decided to use her tiny scraps and make a collage quilted cushion. One of my first repurposing projects! Many of the scraps I used had stamps on them from the shops that made the fabric. Kind of like a label. My grandmother couldn't believe I would use these pieces and show the stamps. To me they looked so unique, vintage, and I hated to see all of that lush fabric go in the trash. No matter how small the piece. "Tombo" means dragonfly in Japanese. The Japanese depict the dragonfly in a lot of their ceramics, fabrics and art, and from an early time I developed a love of the design. I am inspired by many things but my grandmother and dragonflies are on the top of the list!

From an early age I was creating things. I always made my own cards and gave them to my parents. I also made macrame bracelets and sold them on the school bus! When I got a little older I started making jewelry using my dad's pliers from his tool box and beads I found at the craft store. I've been making jewelry every since.

In adulthood I also started knitting, but college and then a career in higher ed kept my crafting on the side. After having my twin boys four years ago I started up again, wanting to make them colorful, unique hats I couldn't find in stores. All the most colorful things were for girls! Now I create what I can between being referee to my twin boys and everything else in life. I hope you enjoy browsing in my shop. If you like something let me know by adding the item or my shop to your favorites! You are also welcome to browse my sold items and send me a convo about what you would like. I can't promise I can reproduce everything there, but I will do my best to help you! I like variety and color and I'm always adding something new to my shop, so please stop in often!

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