Hello! My name is Brittany. I am so excited that you have stopped to visit Textile Indie. After graduating college with a degree in fashion and business I decided it was time to create something that incorporated all the skills that I have loved learning. I am a Textile Indie.
I am a Textile Indie, are you?
Do you see a beautiful coral print cotton and immediately start dreaming up a new project?
Do you smell clean sheep wool and get excited to start spinning?
Have you ever gone on a hike and seen a bush with beautifully colored branches and wondered what they would look like as a basket?
Do you get energized after finishing a sewing project?
Are fabric, yarn and craft stores your favorite places to shop?
Have you picked up a pair of chopsticks and thought “I wonder what knitting with these would be like?”
Does your family complain about your stash of materials and craft supplies?
Do you walk through a clothing store and touch things as you go just to feel the different fabrics?
If you answered yes to some or all of these questions than you are a Textile Indie.
What does Textile Indie mean?
Well, it means that you enjoy textiles (simplified this means fabrics).
You are passionate about fabric, the making of it, the using of it and the wearing of it.
You love to use your hands and brain to create beautiful and functional things.
You’re an individual who has his or her own aesthetic, way of seeing and appreciating the world around them. You have unique passions, interests and talents.
You are a Textile Indie.
How can I help you?
Have you ever wished your clothes fit just a little bit better, or bemoaned the fact that nothing at the store looks right on your body?
Do you look at the clothes in magazines, tv-shows, movies and on Pinterest and wish you could own something like it?
Have you wished you could spend more time making things?
Do you want to learn new skills, or be challenged by new techniques in something you already do?
Have you ever wanted to try a craft that isn’t readily available at the local craft store?
The world is full of information. Sometimes it’s challenging to sort through all this information and still have time to do the things we love and learn the skills we want to try. Here at Textile Indie I want to help you get to the information you need to start out in your textile adventures.
Join me on a journey of exploration and discovery in fibers and textiles. Let’s explore sewing, pattern making, design, dyeing, and basket weaving. Let’s learn new things, create our own custom designs and make clothes that actually fit.
I am learning along with you. I’ll share tutorials and how-to’s, projects and maybe an occasional pattern. I can also share my struggles, failures and mistakes so that you don’t make the same ones.
Everyone is different, I don’t claim to have the best way, or end-all techniques. I just want to share what I’ve learned, and am learning about the things I love to do and teach.
A bit about me:
I grew up as a homeschool kid in what I like to consider the country. The nearest craft store was thirty minutes away. Not too shabby.
I have always been fascinated by textiles, fiber, sewing and basketry. As a child my favorite thing to do was to make things. I was the queen of bags and containers. Funny how I ended up becoming a basket maker.
My parents are very wise people. They allowed me to be myself, pursue my own interests and explore what I found fascinating. This lead to receiving a beautiful ashford spinning wheel one year at Christmas. Another year my dad built me three sizes of rag rug looms. My mom sat through many, many spinning guild meetings while a circle of ladies spun yarn and chatted and I joined in.
When I was sixteen I had an amazing opportunity to design and coordinate the costumes for a production of a Christmas Madrigal play at a local theatre near my home. The play incorporated a king and queen and their court of six lords and ladies, a cast of “players” to perform for them and a number of costumed servers to serve a multi course dinner to the audience. Set in the Renaissance era it was a costumers dream. I went on to costume multiple other productions with this theatre group until I left for University.
I attended Central Washington University and studied Fashion and Business. My official degree is titled Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising. Of all things it’s a Bachelor of Science. I never would have guessed science anything would be connected to my name. My brain just doesn’t work that way. Math is something else I struggle with. Its a good thing we have our whole lives to learn things!
I have wonderful parents and siblings and an amazing husband. I am blessed to live in the great Pacific Northwest. Besides textiles, sewing, and all of that I love backpacking, flowers, trying new recipes, learning to live more naturally and a good iced tea, no sugar.
Thanks for being here. I hope you find it helpful and inspiring. I’m so excited to be a part of your creative endeavors. Please feel free to leave a comment or share your ideas. Please visit my Policies page if you have questions on how to do this. Thanks!