about me

about me

I make stuff.

I write books, draw, paint, cook, teach crafting classes online, sew, parent young children, try to exercise regularly, and to use my creativity to both express myself and to engage with my fellow humans.

I have had the pleasure of writing two sewing books, Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew (Potter Craft 2007), which is currently in its fourth printing, and Bend the Rules with Fabric: Fun Sewing Projects with Stencils, Stamps, Dye, Photo Transfers, Silk Screening, and More (Potter Craft 2009). I have contributed to quite a few more. I am currently teaching video classes in a variety of crafts over at creativebug. I also sell custom artwork and a natural skincare line over in my shop.

Before having my three lovely daughters, I worked in Seattle as a commercial interior designer using my degree in interior architecture from University of Oregon—with a fine art, architecture, and costume construction minor which I received in 1996. I moved back to my hometown of Portland, Oregon, with my husband in 2001. We love it here and live in a part of town that looks like a forest.

I enjoy trying new things. Over the years I have sewn wedding dresses and costumes, printed custom invitations, made short films, recorded a few songs, done a little commercial radio work, knitted like crazy, obsessed over cross-stitch, had art shows in various galleries featuring my paintings, monoprints, and large and small quilts—a little bit of a lot of things.

I am up to no good on my blog, Angry Chicken, that I have written since 2005. I have documented a lot of my creative projects over there. My FAQ is over there, too.