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I learned to knit and sew at my grandmother’s knee when I was about five years old. Some of my fondest memories of Gramma involved yarn and needles. I would start with grand ideas of knitting a scarf, but after working a few inches, when something of a lacy trapezoid would appear, I’d turn that scarf-gone-awry into a skirt for my Barbie. Barbie had lots of skirts! Over the years, my scarves became straighter, and my imagination broadened. Wools and fabrics have woven themselves into the fabric of me.
Some people see a beautiful sunset, and they photograph it. Others paint it. I knit it. Yarn, fiber and fabrics are real–tactile. When I knit it or sew it, I make that sunset mine.
About 20 years ago, I began designing my own patterns — sewing and knitting my own ideas. I began creating all-occasion greeting cards, sewing them with recycled papers and fabrics. These are my Planet-Pleasing Patchworks. Over the years, my Patchworks have grown to a collection of over 100 card designs currently used. You can find a large variety of these on this site. I love to design by special request, as well.
For Christmas last year, I got a loom. What bliss! Thank goodness I can multi-obsess. Weaving, now, has become an additional outlet for my fiber obsession, and I design and weave scarves for warmth, as well as scarves with which to accessorize. Ever mindful of the state of our planet, I look for used fabrics and fibers to recycle into attractive, artful and useful items. I weave with string and jute as well as wool. I design and sew tote bags reusing burlap sacks. These are sturdy, pretty, and Earth-friendly.
I am married to a very patient and understanding man. We live in a smallish apartment in Croton-on-Hudson, and there are days when my work/play expands, and nearly consumes, every flat surface in our limited space. These are the best of days! I am always mindful of how very fortunate I am to be able to spend my days doing the things I love to do most. And I am so happy to be able to share my work with you! –Debi