galen wales on Oct 27, 2014
Very nice apron!! The button adjustment is handy too. Thanks!
fivermum on Mar 11, 2014
Shipped quickly, inner-wrapped in cheerful tissue! Wish the outer pocket were made of a double layer/bit sturdier/bit deeper...hesitant to use as a phone pocket, as I feel it might easily fall out when putting the bag on shoulder/squatting down to pick up littles. Overall quite like it! Use it everyday.
vancalla on Feb 27, 2014
Thank you so much for these wonderful snowflakes that arrived so quickly to France. They are perfect and will decorate my home for next Christmas. Merci Brenda, Sue & Denise !
ilo and henhouse fibers, handmade in Vermont
ilo collective came about when Denise learned to sew a zipper.
She came to Sue's studio to help cut fabric for bags, back in October of 2010. Sue hates to cut out the parts. Just let her put her foot on the sewing machine pedal and she's happy. Denise is happy to cut. Denise is just happy.
And Brenda—well, she can sew with great originality, but also whip up marvelous things with vintage buttons and wire.
Sue, Brenda and another friend, Victoire, created Henhouse Fibers a year before this to encourage each other to make things—clothes, bags, aprons, shawls, tees, jewelry. Upcycled, handmade.
Denise mastered the zipper and didn't look back to her former life in engineering. This was way more fun. Since Denise was forging a contemporary aesthetic all her own she called her works ilo, translated from Finnish: joy.
When she and Sue make stuff together (quite often) they become ilo collective.
And so, a shop. A place where all things ilo and henhouse could come together into one virtual mercantile.
Things we love: traveling to Montreal to find vintage trims and textiles in the garment district, all things textile from Liberty of London, helping each other move our furniture around, making things we just can't part with, and making things that are just too good to keep!
Maker, Sewing Mayhem, Photography
I am Sue. I am an artist, photographer, maker of things with textiles. I like to put life to words when I can. I am an art director for my day job. But Henhouse and ilo get my groove.
Sewing, Keeper Of Order
I am Denise. I love bright colors, modern sensibilities, clean lines and organization, even if it does get away from me sometimes.
Maker, Sewing, Button Mayhem
I am Brenda. I go crazy about color. And textiles. My studio walls are lined with a funky collection of bookshelves that have been repurposed as fabric collectors/organizers. Soon after I learned to sew - at 7 - I departed from the patterns...
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