The Back Story.
144 Stitches is a dream come true but truly only the beginning. It is my vision & way to share my passion. Since childhood, I’ve always loved fiber and texture. With deep New York City roots, I’m a rough around the edges goofball who discovered joy and happiness in a ball of yarn and am on a mission to get the world into handmade cozy one stitch at a time.
For me, creating handmade fiber products is a deeply intimate & personal process. More than just the stitching, I take careful consideration when sourcing the raw material for each design. Before deciding on which fiber or material will be used for any design or creation, I think about how it will be worn and how will the finished product meet my needs and yours.
I have always bucked the system a little and been a rebel in my own way. So of course my design process is not standard and flows from what inspires me. I am most inspired by architecture and my surroundings. Places I have been or dreamed I would go. People I have met who have left an impression, a mark on my life often find their way into a design. Sometimes designs come together seamlessly and sometimes it is a long and laborious process. Whichever it is, each customer can be assured the final piece was made with personal dedication, putting love and care into crafting every stitch by hand and every step of the process.
In 2017 I took another step and began my journey as a fiber community leader focusing on my blog and designs. I created a design program to elevate other designers paying forward the grace and welcome the industry had shown me. I also founded Stitch Up Chicago, and later, Stitch Up Events which is a community driven annual event for fiber enthusiasts. A place to come, learn, share and be inspired.
In 2019 I made the very hard decision to close the retail side of 144 Stitches and shift my full focus to my designs work and community programs and events. It was not easy to say goodbye. I have had customers with me since the beginning and I have made things that have become part of their family story. But it is the right decision and I am overwhelmed by the support I have received.
So while 144 Stitches, The Knitwear Brand has closed that chapter, I am still here designing and stitching my way to a cozy community.