City girl to country girl
I grew up in New York City and moved to Pennsylvania when I was a teenager (I know, culture shock) but, wherever I lived, I was always crafting and making things. My Mom sewed most of our clothing, my grandmother sewed and knitted (I learned embroidery from her), my grandfather was an excellent amateur photographer. Creativity is in my blood. But, while pursuing college degrees in art and graphic design, and during a career as a graphic designer I didn’t have time for crafty pursuits. That all changed when I swapped full-time for freelance and started Primrose Design as a part-time business.
I began by creating one-of-a-kind pillows from vintage handkerchiefs, fabrics, and buttons, then gradually added other styles of pillows and a variety of sewn products including lavender sachets, small accessories (wallets, zippered bags, and key fobs), and kitchen items (embellished tea towels and pot holders).
Each of my creations is handcrafted whenever possible from recycled vintage materials—fabrics, embroidered linens, quilt scraps, buttons, crocheted trims, old tablecloths, aprons, and handkerchiefs—whatever I find in my travels. I feel strongly about recycling and giving new life to beautiful vintage materials and I love the idea of preserving craft traditions in a way that’s more contemporary and better suited to our modern lifestyles. We may not be able to use embroidered linens as they were originally intended but they make really cool pillows!
I love all things vintage but especially kitschy embroidery (dancing vegetables, anything with cats or birds), 1930s and 1940s fabrics (especially feed sacks and large-scale florals), flower-shaped plastic buttons, rick rack and funky trims. I can do sweet and pretty but I love crazy mixes of fabrics—like florals with polka dots or stripes.
My favorite weekend pastime is searching for vintage treasures to work with at flea markets, yard sales, and antique malls. I never know what I'll find!
I live in an 1860s farmhouse in northeastern Pennsylvania with my husband and three cats. When I'm not completing graphic design projects, creating new products, or vintage shopping you’ll find me reading, embroidering, cooking, or working outside in our herb and vegetable gardens.
Read more about what inspires me on my blog where I post about vintage needlework, embroidery, and projects I'm working on. And find me on Pinterest, too.
My website: www.primrosedesign.com
My Etsy shop for vintage buttons: PrimroseButtons
My Etsy shop for beads, watch parts, and jewelry supplies (co-owned with business partner Deb Brilla): ASmallCraftsAdvisory
Owner, Creator, Designer
Freelance graphic designer and owner/maker at Primrose Design, a crafty business selling handcrafted one-of-a-kind sewn creations from recycled vintage materials and some of those vintage materials as supplies for your own vintage crafting.
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Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
If you have a brick-and-mortar shop and would like to discuss including my creations in your product mix, please contact me. I do both wholesale and consignment and I'm happy to work with you in tailoring my products to your customers needs. Please keep in mind that my items are one-of-a-kind or limited edition but I can work in a custom color or style range.
Custom and personalized orders
I'm happy to do custom orders for pillows and handmade items and often use vintage materials supplied by the customer. Email me to discuss your project.
Most foreign countries have restrictions on importing plant materials; that's why I can't ship my lavender-filled sachets outside the U.S.