AllWellWorkshop

a creative studio exploring textiles and poetry

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 338 Sales

AllWellWorkshop

a creative studio exploring textiles and poetry

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 338 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars (39)
Amy Bornman

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Amy Bornman

Announcement    Made-to-order box tops and ruffle tops are BACK! Before placing your order, be sure to visit the Fabric Index on our website (https://www.amybornman.com/shop-all-well) to select which fabric you'd like for your top. I'm always working hard to source beautiful fabrics from all over the place, so if you don't see a fabric you love now be sure to check back in a little while!

Announcement

Last updated on May 6, 2019

Made-to-order box tops and ruffle tops are BACK! Before placing your order, be sure to visit the Fabric Index on our website (https://www.amybornman.com/shop-all-well) to select which fabric you'd like for your top. I'm always working hard to source beautiful fabrics from all over the place, so if you don't see a fabric you love now be sure to check back in a little while!

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  • alicejanee on May 21, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is the first non-self-drafted pattern that I have used in decades. It was a dream to sew, with well-written, easy-to-use instructions and measurements in metric (which is the only system I have ever used, and so much easier for me to get my head around). So that I could play around with it without wrecking expensive fabric, I used stash to make the mini convertible backpack option. My fabric was not thick enough, so I fused it to add body. I also lined the bag from stash. This meant that I had to fiddle a bit, but I had no problems. Even the grommets were easy. Now for another one. Hmmm... What fabric will I choose? :) Now I find myself impatient for the box top pattern to be released. Haha. Who would've thought? Thank you, Amy (and all who worked on the project with her). I am so glad that I bought this pattern.

  • Erin Worrall on May 14, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have now purchased four box tops from Amy... three long sleeves during wintertime, and now my first short sleeve. The linen has a lovely drape and creates such flattering movement in the boxy silhouette. I love these tops! As always, Amy has packaged them with beauty and intention, it’s obvious she puts her heart and soul into them.

  • Chelsea Moll on May 13, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Slow, ethical fashion is important, and slow, ethical fashion made from reclaimed materials is ever better. Thank you, Amy, for making this beautiful top for me from what was once a tablecloth, which I spied months ago and never forgot about. It fits perfectly, is beautifully made, and comes with a thoughtful handwritten note. I feel truly lucky to have it.

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Updates

Hate to say it so early, but Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching and flags make an EXCELLENT gift for the loves of your lives or for loving yourself. "I will keep close to you during the night" and many other love-words in the shop now. Order asap! heart

About

All Well is about abundance, now and in days to come.

I'm not sure it's ever about the clothes or the quilts, about the finished product. It's about the soul exhaling, about finding a place to put myself, about being an artist all along, about the softness of fabric against the softness of skin. Ultimately, it might be all about being soft.

I'm Amy Bornman, and have been sewing in every spare moment since 2016. Before that I was a theater artist and writer and before that I was a child. All my work feels like it can be called mending. My work is to mend. Cutting fabric and sewing it back up again. Opening myself and putting myself back together. Making clothes to wear out in the sharp world. Letting ideas blossom and then be seen. Communities trying to find the torn places and tend them a while. When I found sewing, I knew it could be a home for me so I stayed. Here I am, making clothes and quilts, trying to tear and mend in equal measure, trying to say what I mean with humility and honesty, trying to tell you how you could do it too if you wanted. To dare to spend time making anything in this world at this point sort of feels like a crazy act of courage. But we can make things. We can make songs and stories and gardens and clothes and drawings and quilts and we can show them to each other and spend our time on them and fight for the space to make them in. Making things is an act of hope, which is why I intend to spend my life doing it. I'd rather spend my life on hope than on anything else. Hope in the form of beautifully simple clothes made with my hands and my heart, torn pieces of fabric put back together again, something new where once there was nothing. A pile of tattered cloth made gorgeous. Warmth where before there was just, perhaps, air. Word made flesh.

I'm a self-taught sewist. I go by guessing and also seek out resources for learning all over the place. I'd be thrilled to clothe or teach you out of my self-taught methodologies, my cobbled-together knowledge base, my hours of figuring it out with my fingers. We can figure it out together, we can do it the way that makes sense to us, we can join the tradition of folks making outfits and blankets and all sorts of other things by making it up as they go along. I've found that to be the most exciting way forward.

The things I make are for you, but I make them because I need to. Know that -- that this is a space where we end up intertwined somehow. Your need and mine together. By being here at all, we are both being hopeful. Thanks for hoping with me.

The title of my shop is directly inspired by the writings of Saint Julian of Norwich, a Medieval female mystic who has meant very much to me. In the midst of many other thoughts and revelations, she writes, "All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well." I cling to this. All is not well now, but I believe, firmly, that all is being made well. Made. Slowly, slowly. That's what these things I make are about -- the small way I can participate, somehow, in the wellness I know is coming to the world, is unfolding even now.

Thank you for practicing abundance, here, with me.

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  • Amy Bornman

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    Amy makes each item by hand in her tiny home studio. She is a textile artist who is passionate about hand stitching and poetry both, finding clothes and quilts to be the perfect combination of craft and meaning. She is honored to stitch for you.

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Last updated on Aug 16, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom Flag Orders

If you are looking for a particular phrase, please send me a message and I can search through the International Code of Signals to see if there is something just right!

Flag Size

All flags are 6x6." If you are interested in either larger or smaller flags, contact me about a custom order for info and pricing!

Flag Materials

100% cotton fabric, Polyester thread for strength, Metal grommets.

Custom Quilt Orders

I would be thrilled to make a custom quilt of any shape or size just for you! Send me a message to get started, and we will see, together, what is possible!

Custom Clothes Orders

I'd love to make you your perfect garment! Contact me, and I'll try to make all your dreams come true!