I’m working on some sample cards for a sewing commission and thought it was a good time to say... 1.) Hiiii!👋 long time, no post. In the past month I’ve decided I’m now a full-time sewing artist and instructor (you know, and acting as solo parent with kids constantly around). Super excited and also 🤷🏻♀️? Shiiiiiit I don’t even ‘know’ anymore, I just saw the opportunity and am going with it. 2.) Happy Pride Month to those celebrating and supporting! 3.) I’m switching up my sewing workshops and payment structure to make what I do accessible to more people. (I’ll share more about this soon!) ⚡️ Painted silk, free motion stitched onto watercolor paper. UPDATE: SOLD!
Taking extra care to Listen, Unlearn, and Do Better. 🔸 Listening to black people’s experience. 🔸 Unlearning those underlying racist beliefs and behaviors that are so easily passed down in the world we were born into. 🔸 Doing better. When you know better you do better - so listen, reflect, and learn! Black lives matter. absolutely.
Painting with Thread! 🔸 I’ve been drawing with thread for years, bout time I try ‘painting’ with it. 🔸 Something I learned:: pick out thread colors before I start and have an idea of how I’ll blend them. 🔸 Something I’ll do differently next time:: soften the rigid crosshatching of threads. Curve and smooth my stitch lines to create shape within the value changes. 🔸 I’m really digging this, considering its my first time trying out thread painting. I think I like the filtered black and white version better than real life colored version, though. What do you think?
I use layers of paper, interfacing, paper towel, whatever is close by, to get the perfect thickness and tension while sewing free motion. 🔸Peeling the layers of paper towels off the back has given me an idea 💡 . 🔸 Started as a blind contour drawing from a photograph, then free motion sewn onto fabric.
Doing something a little different with my blind contour drawings. This little practice inspired by @miriamtribe who has the smoothest of the smooth drawn lines. 🔸 I’m left-handed (purple marker) and it was sooo hard to stay focused on my left hand. 🔸 I’m loving the results and trying to think of how I can incorporate my free motion sewing into a piece like this. What are your ideas? What would you like me to try?
Taking it another step further with the shadows. 🔸 What started out as a blind contour drawing by my talented friend @cznine , has been lifted off the page by my free motion stitching. 🔸 It’s an exploration in harmonious dichotomies within us and around us. Like how the precision and crisp technique involved in the paper pieced background is combined with the playful tangle of free motion stitching and soft water-colored silk. I pushed myself to straddle that line with my sewing skills and curiosity and find balance between the opposition. Because I’ve decided it’s all about the balance. 🔸 #threadsketchthursday , but on a Friday.
I’ve been working on a collaborative piece using @cznine ‘s blind contour drawings. 🔸 It’s all about exploring dichotomies within us and around us - and trying/allowing them to be blended in a harmonious way. 🔸 Do you see the depth and shadow? Well I want more of it! And I have an idea of how to get it. It’ll just have to wait a few weeks (?) until I go to the store again. (If you’re in kc and have some foamboard laying around, send it in the wind to me, pretty please.) 🔸 How refreshing it has been to work on this these past few weeks😁 What’s something refreshing you’ve been able to find time for this month? Always looking for more ideas. #threadsketchthursday
In the name of pivoting and adapting, I’m now offering Video Chat Sewing Lessons! 🔸 I know many of you are breaking those sewing machines out of the depths of your closets to renew an old hobby or start a new one. I’m here to help! I’ve been teaching private and group sewing lessons, adults and children, for over five years and would love to try teaching in a new way! 🔸 Message me a time and day that works for you and, either over FaceTime or Zoom, we can discuss your projects and machine and I can help guide you on your little sewing way. 🔸 If you just have a few questions and we only spend ten minutes chatting, great! If you think you’re a pain in the ass student with waaay too many questions, try me! (I have two uber curious young children you’re up against.) 🔸 I am exploring this Pay-What-You-Can option to keep these lessons accessible for many. Payments can be made via PayPal or Venmo: Jordsen . Message me if you’re ready to learn, and we can get connected while keeping our distance! 🔸 If you can’t afford to pay right now but are still interested in learning, I have TONS of free sewing tips —> #jordsensewingtips .
This has resonated with so many of you, I decided to share it here. 🔸. Sewists are here to help. We are not obligated to devalue our time and our skills in the process. Asking for money in exchange for masks is not profiting off a horrible situation. It’s using our skills to help and being fairly compensated for it, just like all other essential workers. 🔸. Sew masks if you want. Charge what you need. Stay encouraged. ✌️