Category Archives: backstory

I have some opinions about sergers

by Gillian on March 3, 2015, 3 comments

I see a lot of people trying to scare beginners off sergers. Suggestions that they’re too tricky to thread, the stitching is hard to unpick, the tension finicky, the blade choppy and intimidating, etc. Generally it’s meant kindly—to spare people frustration, and maybe let them off the hook if they don’t have budget or confidence to invest […]

Unfinished Objects

by Gillian on January 8, 2015, 3 comments

I spent the holidays visiting family in Portland and came back to a gnarly cold, so I’ve been offline mostly. I have bits and pieces of a half-dozen different projects brewing, but not much complete or bloggable due to frequent breaks for interacting with actual living people (you know how it goes). We had a house full […]

Origin stories

by Gillian on October 30, 2014, no comments

Every hero needs one, right? Even if I’m only the champion of spending all my weekends buried in fabric and thread clippings. Here’s where it begins: I grew up in a craft-obsessed city, among a family of relentless creatives. My folks are writers, designers, illustrators, crafters, and makers of all stripes. On any given day, most of the horizontal surfaces […]