A recent commissioned hoop, featuring golden poppies and babies breath. If you ask me for specific wildflowers with all the other decisions and details made by me, I’ll hands-down say yes to your request! I love when customers know exactly what they want, trust my style and judgement, and flowers are so much fun to draw and stitch. 😍 For me that’s the perfect commission situation and I’m forever grateful to get to do this kind of work. I’m finishing details on the Florida pattern and stitching my last remaining orders for the year this weekend, as well as squeezing in some book work. My sale is still going on if you need a ready to ship gift!
I was recently asked if my mending made me a stronger person. I wouldn’t have said it quite like that. I would’ve said it helped me to gain self-sufficiency, taught technical skill, connected me to my ancestors, helped me better define value, and deepened my awareness. But, yes, I suppose it made me a stronger person too. 🔹 With so much noise in the world, and so much pressure to consume, and so many responsibilities, to simply mend my clothes feels like a quiet antidote. Like a pause. Like permission to be still. It feels practical. Necessary. But it also feels like an act of tending. Of nurturing. Of fixing. When so many broken things can’t just be stitched back together again with needle and thread. 🔹 Mending is an act of resistance in today’s over-consumptive culture. But it stems from a very essential place—since we’ve been wearing clothing we’ve had to mend that clothing. It’s only recently that it was “cheaper” to buy new instead of fixing what we owned. Of course, it isn’t cheaper, but that’s the mindset we’ve adopted. And designing for obsolescence didn’t help either. 🔹 But there’s a feeling I get when mending. When making. When weeding my dye garden, or trying to string up tomato plants, or thinning calendula seedlings. It’s a feeling of connection. Of joy. Of centering. It’s a tether to life’s basic needs—food, clothing, shelter—and a relationship to the planet and the people on this planet before me. For those brief moments, I feel relief. I feel aligned.