Nicole Vasbinder is the owner of StitchCraft, a hip sewing and craft studio in Petaluma, CA. Nicole has many years of teaching experience and was a longtime teacher at Stitch Lounge in San Francisco and continues to teach at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley. She has designed the accessory line Queen Puff Puff since 2003 and sells her designs throughout the United States and beyond. Prior to starting her own company, she worked as a designer and merchandiser in the garment industry. She is an alumnus of the Academy of Art University and Otis College of Art & Design and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Craft Stylish, Adorn, JoAnn Magazine, CROQ Zine, Venus Zine and Craft.
1: What do you do when you're not working? I think I am always working! If I'm not actually sewing then I'm planning projects or surfing the web looking at crafty blogs and websites.
2: What inspires you? I am very into the the late 50s/early 60s aesthetic. I love the clean lines and bold colors. I am very inspired by everyone in the indie craft scene. It's a very exciting time!
3: When you were 6, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a fashion designer! I used to make little catalogs with fabric swatches and style numbers and put on fashion shows with my Barbies.
4: What do you want to be when you grow up now? A lady who lunches. Seriously though, I am really doing exactly what I want to do. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to support myself with crafts.
5: What's your favorite song? I don't know if I have a fav song but I love Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, the Go Go's, the Beach Boys, Blondie, the Smiths and Depeche Mode.
6: And what's one wierd habit you have? I still sleep with my baby blanket. It's just a rag at this point but I'll never give it up. My family is appalled by it.
7: Where are you on an average Tuesday night at 9pm? Teaching at Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley.
8: What's your greatest phobia? Snakes! Oh, how I hate snakes. Me and Indiana Jones, we have that bond.
Nicole has designed a fabulous free pattern for you guys to enjoy this week called "Shoes, Glorius Shoes". Anyone with even a remote love for shoes will flip for this free pattern with 4 different shoe designs!
Nicole has a bunch of craft fairs she is participating in that are super cool:
Capsule in San Francisco's Hayes Valley On Sunday, 10/19
Felt Club at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, 11/16
Vintage Holiday Boutique in Petaluma on Saturday 11/22
Sonoma Artisan Faire in Sonoma on Sunday 11/23
Bazaar Bizaare in San Francisco's Goolden Gate Park on Sunday 11/30
Make sure you come out to see her this Fall at one of her shows, she has great special items that you can only get your hands on there!
Thank you so much Nicole for being our featured artist this month and giving us your fantastic design. We love it and we're sure everyone reading this will be head over heels (get it) for it too.
Interested in being or want to nominate someone to be our Featured Artist in the future? Email us and tell us about yourself/them.