Monday Sew – Sashiko Hand Stitching Handbags & Clothing


What is Sashiko? It is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching

Here I have mended these children’s jeans with patches made from small fabric pieces.
Here is my good friend and amazing artist, Hillary Goodwin. She is wearing the commissioned custom Sashiko jeans I created just for her.
Sashiko was developed out of practical need during the Edo era.
Here you can see the top I created. I added the clamshell pattern to create a beautiful summer top.
Denim and Boro hand stitching with black leather handles.
Messenger Bag – Denim and Boro hand stitching with leather belt handles.
Denim and Boro hand stitching with brown leather handles.
Stitching only the area of the sleeve pattern.
Front of the top.
I use WonderFil threads.
McCall’s Pattern.



I made an overnighter bag.


From the Publisher of Somerset Studio & Belle Armoire – Haute Handbags – Autumn 2016
Jeans Reimagined page 66-70
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It all starts here. I get my jeans from everywhere.


I Love Jeans and the Color Blue!…..


Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.- John 5:3

Monday Fun – Let’s Get Going

Our fabrics drying in the wind
Here are a few pattern of Shibori from my workshops

Kristen Indigo

Indigo 2
indigo workshop LK
Workshop at National African American Conference 2018

Indigo 1

Sandra blue
I love to teach and see all the new patterns

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing cotton fabric

Come learn the art of Shibori

Limited Space Pre-Register

Oakland Nov 4        11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite 

Oakland Nov 4           2:00pm – 5:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  11:00am – 2:00pm Eventbrite

Long Beach Nov 12  2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26    11:00am – 2:00pm  Eventbrite

Santa Ana Nov 26     2:00pm – 5:00pm  Eventbrite

Great fun learning the art of Japanese dyeing that involves folding, twisting or bunching of cloth and binding it, then dyeing in indigo. 

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique using natural dyes, and in this class you will use natural indigo, which antibacterial properties and has been used abundantly throughout history around the world. Learn the fundamentals of this timeless pattern-making process. We will concentrate on folding, tying, and using clamp resists, and dye in a plant-derived indigo vat. All dye materials and several pieces of cotton will be provided.

I am a passionate teacher who encourages students to create unique fabric creations, whether the end product is a quilt or garment. Creating what is important to the maker is a joyful experience that I try to pass on in my workshops. Wherever you are in your design process my goal is to inspire your creative “genius” and improve your techniques.

Please join me at one of my local classes or suggest that your guild hire me for a lecture and workshop.

Time to dry my cotton
What are you using?


Ready to dye 


Job well done
Fun in the sum

FREE Adult Quilting and Sewing Workshop Open to all

FREE Adult Quilting and Sewing Workshop Open to All

  • Tuesday and Wednesdays, 4:00 PM to 9:PM

    Santiago Canyon College

    8045 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA (edit map)

  • Santiago Canyon College Room U90 (located on the Newport Ave. side of campus)
  • Come to Class where we have loads of fun and learn from each other.

    8045 E Chapman Ave., Room U-90 T Orange, CA 92869

    Tues & Wed 4:00pm – 9:00pm Wed 4:00pm – 9:00pm

    Come to class to see me demo how to quilt you own quilts to look like they have been quilted by your local long arm quilt professional.

    My open and encouraging teaching style allows my students the freedom to access their creativity and explore new ideas in a fun, friendly environment.

    Solid skills can be achieved through practice over time, but they are just a small part of creating good art.

    By the end of the first class, each student will be able to think creatively about how to express their life experiences through the projects they create. nts and expanding my own creative experience.

    I believe I can unlock the creative potential of every one of my students, and help each of them reach their creative goal.

McCalls time to Sew


This morning I decided to make a top using fabric that has been indigo dyed and the fabric for the sleeves will be Sashiko embroidered using wonderful perked cotton.

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Friday Fun – 16 Gifts for Christmas

What do you give your …

Today I was asked what I give to my postman.

I have to stop and think about all the gifts I have made over the past few years for Christmas presents. So here are a few of them.

I hope this list helps you with your last minute gifts.

Aprons are great gifts for a young couple or someone you know who loves to cook. Maybe you will recieve a cookie plate in return!
I made this apron extra special with embroidery and rick-rack at the waist band.
I was able to create unique aprons for each person on my list, based on their personalities.
Pillow are great gifts, and who could not use one for their special chair?  I added hand stitching which shows my love for the person recieving this gift.
Now this one-of-a-kind overnight bag is for a very special someone. The sashiko embroidery was all hand stitched.
This repurposed mat was made for my daughter’s 5th grade reading corner.
Reading made fun when sitting on this mat made from pockets.
My boys both have quilts I’ve made from repurposed denim. Quilts are great gifts for the man in your life.
This quilt is stitched and embroidered on top.
Pillows anyone?
Coasters are great gifts for everyone.
I used this special frabric from Africa.
Denim is the back frabrc.
And what about your little friends? They also like sashiko patches added to a pair of pants.
This handbag is perfect for a young girl.
I made this pillow and gave it to my mother’s best friend for Christmas.
Have a friend give you their jeans, and you add hand-stitched embellishment to them.
This bag went to a very special friend.
I turned flying geese into a top, just for my daughter.
By adding fabric behind the holes in these jeans you get designer style.


Clothing is something fun to make and give.
This dress is wanted by many of my friends… so, who gets it?
Give the gift of a quilting calss or sewing class with supplies.

Handmade gifts are the best way to show your love. No one else can make it but you!