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My name is Erin Gilday. I’m a fiber artist, crafts instructor and freelance writer from Portland, OR. I like to call myself a third generation crafter. Like my mom and my grandmother before me, I’ve been fascinated with the magic of making things all my life.

Though I’m constantly trying my hand at all kinds of new crafts, I am especially interested in fiber arts (sewing, knitting, crochet, felting, etc.) and sustainable crafting. My craft projects have appeared in Stitch, Sew News and Threads magazines. I’m currently teaching sewing workshops for Skillshare Studio in Portland and Oregon Country Fair’s Community Village in Veneta, OR. In addition to one-on-one instruction, I’ve also taught workshops for the Santa Cruz Inside-Out Writing Project and the UCSC Women’s Studies Department.

I started my DIY clothing business, Patchwork…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 29
  • Joined June 28, 2007

Favorite materials

vintage, recycled, fabric, lace, patchwork

About

My name is Erin Gilday. I’m a fiber artist, crafts instructor and freelance writer from Portland, OR. I like to call myself a third generation crafter. Like my mom and my grandmother before me, I’ve been fascinated with the magic of making things all my life.

Though I’m constantly trying my hand at all kinds of new crafts, I am especially interested in fiber arts (sewing, knitting, crochet, felting, etc.) and sustainable crafting. My craft projects have appeared in Stitch, Sew News and Threads magazines. I’m currently teaching sewing workshops for Skillshare Studio in Portland and Oregon Country Fair’s Community Village in Veneta, OR. In addition to one-on-one instruction, I’ve also taught workshops for the Santa Cruz Inside-Out Writing Project and the UCSC Women’s Studies Department.

I started my DIY clothing business, Patchwork Underground, over three years ago. We started as a little 4′x4′ booth full of one-of-a-kind patchwork clothing at the Saturday Market in Eugene, OR. Today, we’re online, selling our clothing and accessories through Etsy.com and in boutiques in Portland, OR.

My biggest craft project to date is my housebus. My partner, Julia, and I have been living in our homemade house-on-wheels for about a year now. Living in a converted school bus is our way of living more lightly on the land, being more conscious of our use of resources. Building it was a great self-led crash course in green building, solar power, plumbing and electrical. If you’d like to know more about our bus and the story of it’s conversion, check out Building Luna.

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