Pellon®: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Karin Jordan: Everywhere. Literally; I once took a flower pattern off an all-white piece of toilet paper, transferred it to fabric and embroidered it.
P: What does your creative process entail?
KJ: Depending what I’m working on, I might sketch, doodle on the kids’ magnet board, play with fabric piles, snuggle up with Pinterest or shut my eyes and wait for something to appear.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
KJ: It’s challenging and relaxing at the same time. I love fabric, color and finding new ways to do things. Also, there is a great community of wonderful people who love to create. Some of my best friends are terrific crafters and we’re always back and forth with ideas.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
KJ: Yes. I love to make things for my friends and family. I come up with many projects that are either for the kids or to be done with them. The best things to make, in my opinion, are things that are beautiful and useful.
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
KJ: I love my seam ripper and am not afraid to use it. It’s okay to set something aside and come back to it later when inspiration strikes. Mistakes can be an okay thing sometimes!
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting/crafting?
KJ: I honestly can’t remember. I’ve always liked making stuff and trying to figure out how things are put together. I’ve learned a lot from following other people’s patterns and love the design process. There’s still so much to learn.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
KJ: The kids think I can make anything. I’ll enjoy that until they wise up (any day now). I have a row of fabric piles on a cabinet, organized by project I plan to make. They’re conspicuous in my studio, so I think my subconscious works on them while I’m doing other things. Or sleeping. Color combinations and patterns sometimes come to me while I sleep.
It’s a treat to be able to use favorite fabrics for placemats. This is a simple pattern that doesn’t require any hand sewing. It’s a great project for a beginning sewist; a set of these can be made in an afternoon. They can easily be made larger or smaller. Finished size is 14″ x 19″. Note: Placemats pictured are a scaled down version: 12″ x 17″.Read more
A good design wall is an indispensable part of any designer’s studio. These two panels can be used together or individually, depending on the size needed and the space available. They can be easily moved around. Each finished panel measures 4‘ wide x 7’ tall, resulting in a combined finished size of 8‘ wide x 7’ tall. Design is made for 8’ ceilings and can be adjusted for other heights. Example shown uses White Cotton Batting with no scrim. For additional strength and durability, White Cotton Batting with a scrim stabilizer can be substituted.Read more