Tabby Tiger Studio is named after a little tabby kitten that was found outside my favorite yarn store when she was around 5 weeks old. No one was able to keep her, so I took her with the intentions of finding her a good home. That little kitten has grown up to be an incredibly sassy cat that runs our house.
She is naughty, bosses the other animals around and gets into all sorts of trouble but she has stolen my heart.
She truly is a Tiger in a little Tabby body.
A little about me. I am an avid crafter and am always thinking of ways to create, up-cycle, recycle and refurnish. I enjoy seeing potential in every item and then bringing it to fruition. Let me tell you about some of my favorite crafts.
I learned how to crochet when I was young. My mother taught me some basic stitches and I started by making rugs and blankets for my doll house then worked my way up to bigger projects. I set it aside for a few years as life got busy and other hobbies took it's place. One day I was at a farmers market and bought some crocheted wash cloths to use in the kitchen. After I got home I realized that I could have simply made them myself. So I bought a couple hooks, a book on the basic stitches and some yarn. From there it snowballed. I fell in love with Amigurumi animal crochet patterns and have been making and selling them for a few years now. Fun Fact: Did you know that machines cannot crochet? If you see a crocheted item it was made by hand. Machines can knit and weave fabric but they cannot crochet it.
Metal stamping jewelry is so much fun! You can type anything you want and get to bang on things with a hammer! Woot Woot! I have made some rather sassy bracelets, pendants and rings along with some sweet loving ones. The sky is the limit on what you can stamp into metal.
I have been a crazy horse girl for most of my life, so I have always appreciated quality leather for my saddles, bridles and other equipment. After ten years of working at a tack store I can even tell you which country leather came from just based off the smell of the chemicals used to tan it! Leather work is a unique craft as every piece of leather will turn out a little different. I can cut multiple bracelets from one piece of leather and have each bracelet slightly different in texture or how it takes the dye. I love the uniqueness this brings to each item I create.
Sewing and Embroidery
Believe it or not I learned how to sew in Home Economics class in middle school! Since then I mostly used the skill to do repairs like replacing lost buttons or sewing tears in horse blankets. It was something I had always been interested in learning more about but didn't have a machine. Until one day while at a local thrift store I stumbled across an older but nicer Brother sewing machine. I purchased it, took a basic class to learn the ins and outs of the machine and away I went. I now have two embroidery/sewing machines that I use almost daily to create customized pieces.