Posted by Crystal
For our first ever Second Saturday Giveaway, we are featuring Frankenstitch Productions by Steph Bills!
This is Steph and her daughter, Olive, in Steph's Dining Room/Workspace. I asked Steph to tell us about her workspace:
"At the moment my workplace is a transformed dining room. I usually only do the machine sewing in there, it's also good for stow away. I usually do the cutting, stuffing and hand sewing in front of the t.v. with a strong iced espresso drink in hand while jibber-jabbering my husband's brains out."
Above is another view of the cubbies in Steph's workspace. She also has a large cabinet to store all of her fabric.
You may have noticed that Steph has TWO sewing machines...well, actually, she has three! One is in the entryway to her apartment.
Considering the fact that she has THREE sewing machines and so much fabric, I had to ask Steph about her favorite crafting tool/material:
"I would have to say the scissors are my favorite craft tool/material, but at the same time give mad props to my right hand man the sewing machine!! I love all of them equally - each is used during a different mood, depends on what I feel like getting into that night. My favorite materials would have to be fleece and poly fil, they are what I use the most."
With all the sewing that Steph does, she has to have a LARGE collection of thread!
Steph actually has lots of little craft supply collections, including...
...and all sorts of odds and ends in glass jars!
Considering her many creative outlets, I had to ask Steph how she got into crafting:
"I got into crafting in girl scouts I guess. I got into sewing by accident. I was broke one Christmas and needed to get everyone gifts, I decided to hook up on some fabric at Jo Ann fabrics, and wing making everyone a little something, from that day on I was hooked and never put the needle down.
I believe the first 3 years of sewing were all done by hand, I was very intimidated by the machine. The 4th year of sewing, I received a sewing machine for Christmas bringing my soon to be right hand man into the picture. I swear I cried with it and over it the first month, we were not friends.
The same year I joined Red Ink [an art studio/gallery space currently on hiatus in Flint], it was a chance to expand my media and start thinking outside the box. At Red Ink there were themed shows so my I was forced to think a little harder as to how I was gonna pull it off. Before I just cut whatever - I was now bringing theme and meaning into them, which in turn brought in more than just cute plushies."
But, Steph still makes super cute, clever and creative plushies! They live in baskets and totes in her dining room/workspace until they are sold at craft markets or on Etsy at Frankenstitch Productions.
Steph calls her creations "monstas" and I asked Steph how she came up with Frankenstitch Productions as her company name:
"I decided on Frankenstitch because it was at a time when I was hand sewing only and so many people told me they recognized my Frankenstein stitches from anywhere. So it was just fitting I guess."
These days, Steph is a very busy wife, mother and server at The Lunch Studio...where she loves to take orders with her signature Sharpie markers shown above! When I asked Steph what projects she would like to work on in the the future, she laughed and said:
"Ha! I work minute to minute these days. I usually do the projects as they come to me so, I have no big on on the back burner at the time. I would like to get into making cloth baby diapers, shoes, baby dresses and monsta hats. I would like to get better at linocut prints and also improve my monster-making skills."
Well, we at Flint Handmade think Steph's monster-making skills are already top notch...and we are excited to have one of her creations as our very first Second Saturday Giveaway!
Meet Daisy the Owl. According to Steph:
"Daisy brings the sun shine when she walks in the room, Daisy reps joy from others happiness. Daisy is a peacemaker and a healer. She's drawn to peoples pain and wants to help heal them and the world. Daisy is a wanderer seeings how she's on a mission, she may disappear on you, but know that Daisy will always love you."
For YOUR chance to win Daisy the Owl (valued at $23), just complete these two simple steps:
1) Follow Flint Handmade via the blog, Twitter, Google Reader or whatever newfangled "following application" tickles your fancy. Or, if you don't do the whole following thing, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our email list.
2) Leave us a comment in response to this blog post by 5pm on Saturday, September 18, 2010 letting us know how you followed us and answering the following crafty question: Which local crafter would YOU like to see featured on our next Second Saturday Giveaway?
That's it...so simple! The winner will be selected at random and contacted by whatever means of communication you leave for us (twitter, blog, facebook, email, etc.).
We hope to hear from YOU and we hope you enjoyed our first ever Second Saturday Giveaway!
Billz!! You rock! This is a great article about Steph!ReplyDelete
I would like to see Flint City T-shirts featured. Who doesn't love an awesome t-shirt reppin' an awesome city filled with talented crafters?!ReplyDelete
Great article. Would love to see the inner workings of the Made with Luv operationReplyDelete
I am a follower and would LOVE to win one of Steph's awesome "monsta's"!ReplyDelete
I would like to see The Sweet Sugar Beet featured!ReplyDelete
I just love Stehps monstas. I bought one for my grand-daughter, Evy June, she snuggled and hugged it, it was so sweet. I would like to see the gal who makes all the wonderful soaps (sorry I forgot her name). Her product is great and being organtic makes it all the better.ReplyDelete
Thanks Bunches Becky (AudreyBelle1910)
Very fun! Love the idea of seeing into other studios! Very inspiring!ReplyDelete
I'd love to learn more about Aisle 3 and Michelle's workspace!
I'm from the Detroit area, so I don't know many Flint crafters. I'm looking forward to seeing the next crafter you pick to feature :)ReplyDelete
Daisy is SO cute! Really enjoyed reading about Steph and her monstas.
Steph is so talented! I've enjoyed seeing her many creations ever since she was featured in the MCC Chronicle several years back, and they continue to show her creativity!ReplyDelete
I would like to see a feature about the girl who does the chain mail, can't remember her name off hand, but she also is a street performer that was in front of the Lunch Studio for the last few Artwalks. But anyone you choose would be very interesting!
Great article. You should feature Sarah Reed, excellent photographer! :)ReplyDelete