2017 Club Designers - CloBird Designs
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2017 is going to be an amazing year for Club CloBird! I have rounded up 6 of the hottest designers and am grateful to have them be a part our 2nd year. In addition to the creativity they bring to the table — they are also very committed to the sewing community and honing their craft to share with all of you.

I am lucky to call each of these designers a friend and partner. I am super excited for you to have another great pattern from them — or in some cases — “meet” them for the very first time. Without further adieu, may I introduce you to the cast of Club CloBird 2017 . . .

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Mathew Boudreaux
Mister Domestic

This is Mathew Boudreaux (AKA Mister Domestic), presently residing in the Pacific Northwest with my husband Aurelian, our 3-year-old daughter Helena, and two cats Jordan & Camden. I am originally from Houston, TX and have managed to live all over the country during my adult life, but finally settled down and call Camas, Washington home. During the day, I work in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in oncology, but am an artist by heart and have jokingly referred to myself as an artistic gypsy flowing from theater to modeling to photography to sewing.

I had learned to sew as a kid, but never really got into it until we had our daughter. I thought it would be a great way to connect with her if I could make her cool clothes. Almost 40, I felt that my taste-level had arrived and that I could make some pretty neat-o digs, if only I could figure out how to do it. Before Helena could even crawl, my husband bought me a couple sewing classes at Modern Domestic in Portland, which was the perfect jumpstart that I needed because I haven’t stopped since.

Now, a few years into this wonderful world of fabric, I am continually trying to push myself with unique print combinations, bold color choices, and innovative uses of fabric. As one of the self-appointed pioneers of Modern Meshwork, I am absolutely obsessed with fabric weaving and all of its applications. I can’t wait to see where this journey continues to take me and am super stoked and honored that my fabric party continues to rage on!

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Lisa Ratford
Two Pretty Poppets

Hi! My name is Lisa and I’m the creative behind two pretty poppets! The name ‘two pretty poppets’ comes from my two girls, Chloe (5) and Leah (3), who both affectionately get called ‘poppet’ a lot. I have been married to my husband Daniel for 7 years and know I wouldn’t be where I am today without his love and support.

After learning how to sew at a very young age, I dabbled in different projects over the years but never really found my true calling… Until I discovered the world of making bags… Or should I say, until I discovered the avenue of designing my own bags! Since it’s inception at the start of 2014, two pretty poppets has grown significantly and now offers a wide variety of sewing patterns for bags, covering both genders, all ages and all occasions. My patterns have evolved to now include clear and detailed diagrams (instead of photos), are clearly and concisely written, and very easy to follow. All of my recent patterns also include large print pattern pieces to take the hassle out of joining pattern pages together.

Along with designing patterns, there have been many other opportunities along the way including having a pattern featured in One Thimble, working with Sew Boxes on their Spring 2016 box, being Miss May for Club CloBird 2016, partnerships with Sew Creative Supplies and 2 Green Zebras, and so much more. Throw in sew alongs, swaps, blog series and competitions, and you have a whole bunch of crazy! But an awesome kind of crazy and I’m absolutely loving it!

I am beyond excited to be part of Club CloBird 2017 and can’t wait to see all the gorgeous bags made from each bi-monthly club bag!

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Vanessa Vargas Wilson
Crafty Gemini

Vanessa Vargas Wilson, a.k.a Crafty Gemini, is a sewing and quilt pattern designer and instructor. Vanessa is mostly known for her clear and concise instructional YouTube videos. Her channel, TheCraftyGemini has over 320,000 subscribers and her tutorials have been viewed 31 million times worldwide.

A law professor turned entrepreneur, Vanessa now shares her lifestyle and crafty skills with a global audience via the web. She teaches viewers how to do everything from sewing and quilting to organic gardening and even woodworking projects. Her work has been featured on ABC’s 20/20 and the New York Times as well as magazines like Quilty and Modern Quilts Unlimited.

Vanessa is a first-generation American and a native Spanish speaker. She earned her B.A. and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Today she lives on an organic homestead in Florida with her husband where they homeschool their two young children and spend their days with 40+ farm animals.

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Tara Curtis
WEFTY Needle

Hi! I’m Tara. I create multi-dimensional, functional fabric art for the home using classic and madweave techniques.

As an enthusiastic teacher, I am dedicated to helping other sewists incorporate weaving into their projects while teaching them a new skill. I invented the WEFTY, the only needle made by a weaver designed specifically for use with fabric strips and bias strips.

I’m a former mental health therapist from the Midwest, and live with my husband and two young daughters in the Seattle area.

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Kylie Gersekowski
Little Moo Designs

Etched with a bohemian vibe, Little moo designs patterns are created for levels from beginners to intermediate. With a love of textile blends, they gear towards mixing leather and cork fabrics with woven fabrics. I believe a new outfit is an excuse for a new handbag, and what better way to personalise your outfit than sewing your own unique bag or clutch.

Some of my career highlights to date include; having been featured in a number of publications including; One Thimble sewing e-zine, Love Sewing Australia Magazine, Tickle The Imagination Magazine. I have been a featured designer in Sew Boxes and Club CloBird. I was lucky enough to run the first online sewalong with The Australian Sewing Guild in 2016 and have a partnership with the beautiful U.S. fabric store, Hawthorne Threads. I also teach sewing masterclasses regularly in my local home town in Queensland, Australia.

Last but not least, I am the Aussie ambassador for the Sew Powerful Purse Project. I am so very excited to be a part of 2017 Club cloBird, you won’t want to miss what I have in store for you.

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Jessica Cruzan
Sew Da Kine

I love the process of creating. It’s almost an obsessive need to fabricate an idea. However, the things that make all the late nights and long hours worth it is when my 8 year old daughter holds up a bag and says, “Look what mama made!”   You can see that she’s proud. Or when clients tell me how they love their bags. It’s the best validation when someone that I’ve never met personally loves something that I have created.

When I first moved to Hawaii I couldn’t get, as my mother would say, “A real job”. Thankfully, I had brought over all my supplies and sewing equipment from the States. I started sewing for other designers making their products. I watched the handmade market here in Hawaii. I looked for my niche. The coffee farms here use printed burlap bags. The tourists love them. I then started making burlap totes, hobo bags, and clutches. I’d sell the finished products back to the farms or I’d sell them at the farmers markets and craft shows.

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