It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in ...
It seems like I’ve always been a fiber junkie. My maternal grandmother taught me to sew and crochet when I was a little girl. In the early 1990s, I studied fashion design at Washington University in St. Louis and opened my first fiber-related business - Studio #96 in St. Charles, Missouri. I worked for several years with an artist who painted original designs on silk fabric which I then transformed into clothing that was sold in upscale boutiques across the country. I also designed and sewed clothing for others, including wedding and bridesmaid dresses.
My husband and I purchased and restored a circa-1870’s building in downtown Madisonville, Kentucky in 2003 and it became Black Dog Fiber Studio in 2010. The studio got its name from our sweet black lab, Magic, who used to come to the studio with me. Alas, he is getting up there in age and prefers to stay home now.
Currently I spin, weave, knit, felt, and dye my own yarns and fabrics which I make into wearable art. I’ve always derived great joy from creating a design in my mind and then making the materials come alive. Seeing others enjoy my work is icing on the cake.
While Black Dog Fiber Studio is not a retail shop with set hours, I do open the studio for “fiber fellowship” most Tuesday evenings, as well as for occasional local art shows in conjunction with the Hopkins County Art League. I teach knitting, dyeing and felting workshops and create and publish knitting, crochet and sewing patterns. Many of my patterns are featured in the online and print catalogs of Knit Picks (www.knitpicks.com), as well as through my Etsy shop (www.blackdogfiberstudio.etsy.com). I spend way too much time on the social network for all things fiber (Ravelry.com) - you can find me as “Mariaknittedit.”
SALE! An original sewing pattern from Black Dog Fiber Studio/Maria Lee Designs (c) 2013
Do you have multiple knitting, crochet or other needlework projects scattered all over? Do you have trouble finding or telling them apart because they're stuffed out of sight or lurking in the bottom of your closet? Crystal Clear project boxes are the answer! This sweet little box is made from 1 Fat Quarter and other materials easily found. Three pages of instructions are detailed and include many photos. Crystal Clear Project Boxes have no raw edges to fray.
The finished bag size is approximately 4"x6"x8", perfect for a pair of socks on the needles or a hat or scarf project. It can also easily accommodate a folded pattern and your notions kit.
Not only for your needlework projects: These versatile boxes make for easy storage all over the house - toys with small pieces; music CDs or movie DVD collections; also great for travel to pack small items like socks or toiletries.
This pattern was designed and written by me and is for your personal use only. Please respect the time and energy that went into creating it and do not share the pattern or personally profit from the sale of boxes you make. Thank you.