Her work is gorgeous. Trust me, as someone who sews and does upholstery- when I look at her work you can see how talented and experienced she is. A perfect example is this hemp slipcover she created for the chair above. She wrote a blog post about the process that you can read here. Not to ruin the surprise, but under this slipcover was a very ho hum office chair.
Karen’s blog is full of DIY projects as well as tips and advice. She tells you how to find the best fabric for your project and she also provides step by step advice on how to complete your own slipcover project. She even provides links to some of her favorite fabrics to use for slipcovers. Her blog posts are extremely informative and she willingly shares her 30 years of experience and advice.
Yep. I like all those burlap type fabrics shown in the photo above. I thought you might too.
She has an entire post on pleated skirts and lining tips! If you do any type of sewing, you know how valuable this information can be. Linings and pleats can be tricky. There are so many pleats: knife pleat, box pleat, waterfall skirts and more. How do you decide which to choose? Why? What fabric should you use for a lining? (Hint – cotton is usually not the best choice)
Karen walks you through this process and explains the different styles of pleats and skirts. She also shares her favorite type of fabric to use for lining.
In addition to sharing her knowledge and providing tutorials with you, Karen will also sew your slipcover for you. Although, full disclosure, she is booked for 2021. I love the slipcover she sewed for the chair above. I am enamored with the back and the contrasting seat cushion. For this particular post, she walks you through step-by-step how she created this slipcover for this unusually shaped chair.
Her website and blog provide an extraordinary amount of information that is INVALUABLE! It’s not very often that you meet someone who is willing to share their knowledge and experience with you in a truly transparent and helpful manner. So, if you get a chance, hop on over to her blog and check out some of her posts. You won’t be disappointed.
One more piece of information, Karen also creates slipcovers out of vintage and antique fabrics. Including antique french textiles!
With that in mind, here are some links to some of my favorite antique textile shops on Etsy.
I have been buying antique and vintage European textile from Wendy for years.
This shop is located in Spain but has some stunning inventory
This shop specializes in antique hand-spun and woven fabrics and is located in the Ukraine.
Now I am inspired to add more fabrics to my existing stash and to start sewing up a storm . . .