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I have been making handbags for ten years and art quilts for four years. Although I started out selling wholesale to boutiques in Texas, I now enjoy selling my work at art shows all across the country. It is a much more rewarding and stimulating experience: I love talking to people and explaining techniques that I have developed.

It takes me two to twelve hours to make a handbag and many more hours to complete an intricate quilt. I create all the art myself. I don’t have any assistants. None of my designs are computerized. Free-hand embroidery is much like using the sewing machine as a drawing tool: to create my design I move the fabric itself in and around the stationary needle. I consider my bags to be limited editions, the most of any one style I have made is fifteen, and even then, I will change up colors or other elements. A lot of designs are one of a kind also, as I am co…

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  • Joined December 14, 2008

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I have been making handbags for ten years and art quilts for four years. Although I started out selling wholesale to boutiques in Texas, I now enjoy selling my work at art shows all across the country. It is a much more rewarding and stimulating experience: I love talking to people and explaining techniques that I have developed.

It takes me two to twelve hours to make a handbag and many more hours to complete an intricate quilt. I create all the art myself. I don’t have any assistants. None of my designs are computerized. Free-hand embroidery is much like using the sewing machine as a drawing tool: to create my design I move the fabric itself in and around the stationary needle. I consider my bags to be limited editions, the most of any one style I have made is fifteen, and even then, I will change up colors or other elements. A lot of designs are one of a kind also, as I am constantly getting new ideas that must be tried out.

I use a ten-year old Bernina 1080 sewing machine for most of the design work and a Tacsew 950 for stitching together all of the separate panels. I am entirely self taught and have been sewing since the fourth grade.

All of the main materials used in my art are composed of natural and artificial fabrics. No leather is used in any of my compositions

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