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Welcome to Something Old and Something New! I am Abbey, owner and designer. I first started sewing when I was 4 years old - Barbie dresses and such for stuffed animals at first, but I quickly moved on to the bigger and better. I made my first dress when I was 5 years old, and somehow was allowed to wear it to school - either because my mother wanted to nurture and foster my creativity, or punish me for something. No photos remain of this event, so it's tough to make a determination - I'll assume the former, since she's a lovely lady. I grew up in a family of creative people - my mother makes art quilts, my father started his career as a free lance photographer and though he now teaches graphic design, his heart has recently belonged to sculpture. My sister designs and runs her own line of unique cards - Free Range Chick. My niece and nephew are always knitting, felting and otherwise creating lovely things. My son aspires to…

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  • Joined October 18, 2009

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silk, wool, denim, tulle, lame, thread, yarn, beads, brass, vintage findings, brocade, embroidery floss, ribbon

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About

Welcome to Something Old and Something New! I am Abbey, owner and designer. I first started sewing when I was 4 years old - Barbie dresses and such for stuffed animals at first, but I quickly moved on to the bigger and better. I made my first dress when I was 5 years old, and somehow was allowed to wear it to school - either because my mother wanted to nurture and foster my creativity, or punish me for something. No photos remain of this event, so it's tough to make a determination - I'll assume the former, since she's a lovely lady. I grew up in a family of creative people - my mother makes art quilts, my father started his career as a free lance photographer and though he now teaches graphic design, his heart has recently belonged to sculpture. My sister designs and runs her own line of unique cards - Free Range Chick. My niece and nephew are always knitting, felting and otherwise creating lovely things. My son aspires to open his own Etsy shop selling jewelry that we make together from found items foraged on our walks in the woods.

My craftiness has worn different suits from time to time. When I was 5 it was that pieced together blue and red (I think) dress, and later as a dreadlocked teenager I stitched some of the finer patchouli-fragranced patchwork clothing that the internet world had to offer. I studied art and print making at Penn State University (although my degree is medical, and my day job is in the same field.) Now well into my 10,000 hours of artistic adulthood, my taste (and thankfully also my work) has taken on a more refined life.

I am most inspired by nature, and work best when problem solving. I choose to work mainly with fabrics repurposed from clothing, either thrifted, inherited, vintage or antique. Having limitations to the amount of fabric I can use, the requirement to search for the right texture and the right color - all part of the challenge that drives me. Having to hunt for my supplies helps me see the beauty in every day things - the bright blue of the otherwise helplessly unstylish parachute silk windbreaker in the thrift store, the warm fine wool herringbone of the pleated, elastic waisted skirt at the white haired old woman's yard sale table. To me, these things all deserve new life. And recycled items sometimes deserve to be more beautiful the second time around.

Please enjoy your visit, and come back often!

Follow me on twitter, if you'd like, as I get my feet wet for the first time as @stoastn

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