I was honored to be interviewed by Abby Glassenberg for her podcast this month! Abby is a pillar of the craft community, and I have learned so much from her over the years. It was a treat to have our conversation recorded — we talked about the challenges of growing and scaling a business, and what it was like to shift gears away from wholesale in order to open the retail shop and expand my licensing career. You can listen to the full episode here!
This Saturday, December 8th, I’ll be returning to Makers Arcade for my second holiday show. This market is one of the best places to shop San Diego’s artists and makers, and enjoy drinks and snacks from local favorite restaurants. A great opportunity to finish your holiday shopping, and support local businesses all at once!
The Cotton & Flax shop on Adams ave will be closed on Saturday while I’m at the show, but if you’re in San Diego, stop by the Port Pavillion and say hello!
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11am-6pm
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
This season has been a fun one for me at Cotton & Flax. Opening my new retail shop and studio has brought so many new friendly people into my life, and offered me the opportunity to return to teaching workshops, one of the most enjoyable parts of my work as an artist.
In the spirit of inspiring San Diegans to shop local and explore their community, I created Uncommon San Diego, a holiday shopping adventure in the spirit of Small Business Saturday and Little Boxes. If you’ll be doing your holiday shopping in San Diego this year, I hope you’ll stop by any of the amazing retail shops on our curated map, and support the indie businesses that make this city unique.
Happy holidays, and thanks for shopping small!
I love seeing the ways you style Cotton & Flax goods in your home! Here’s a peek into some of my recent favorite photos from customers on social media ⏤ thanks so much for tagging me in your photos of Cotton & Flax pieces. Do any of these real homes inspire you?
Above: Lauren Memarian‘s gorgeous modern home is my favorite style of modern decor: soft neutrals, pattern mixing, and tons of plants….
With my second fabric collection for Robert Kaufman, Balboa, arriving in stores in November, I’d like to share the lookbook of Balboa projects, which were created with lots of help from my favorite sewing mavens. I hope it inspires you to sew with Balboa once it arrives in a shop near you!
Featured Sewists + Projects in the lookbook:
- Jill Haggerty of Independent Clothing Initiative – Yari Jumpsuit from True Bias
- Jean Monsanto – Willow Dress from Grainline
- Kristyn Jansen – Minimalist Wallets from Noodlehead, Sienna Burst Quilt from Then Came June, Coram Top by Allie Olsen
- Lindsey of A Closet Handmade – Summer Day Top from Made Everyday, Burnside Bibs by Sew House Seven, Scout Tee by Grainline
- Alina Design Co. – Chi-town Chinos Skirt
- Then Came June – Meadowland Quilt
- Amy Schelle of Sewn Handmade – Baby booties (self-drafted design)
- Elise Blaha Cripe – Wiksten Kimono
- Erin Dollar – Wholecloth baby quilt
Ready to sew with Balboa? Ask your favorite local fabric store if they have it in stock!
This year I’m looking forward to celebrating Friendsgiving ⏤ Thanksgiving dinner with a group of friends. Looking to try something a little different this year? Celebrate the holidays with your favorite pals, and enjoy the quality time with friends around a festive feast. Here’s my advice for throwing a fun Friendsgiving….