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About Erin

About Me

Erin Eggenburg wrenbirdarts embroidery

 

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by wrenbirdarts! I'm Erin Eggenburg, sometimes called wrenbird, hence the name of my business. Here are a few things about me. I like to think I'm kind of a MacGuyver of crafting. Give me an egg carton, a few paper clips and some mod podge, and I can make magic. I began hand embroidering in 2011, and fell deeply in love with it. I decided to add a few hankies to my then fabric wallet shop on Etsy, and the wallets were quickly a thing of the past, and embroidery was my one and only. 

These days, while I still embroider regularly, I stumbled upon sashiko style mending a couple of years ago, and became immersed in learning and practicing as much as I could about this beautiful style of hand stitched mending. I soon realized how complimentary patterned hand stitching is to denim, and more importantly in how effective it is in repairing well loved, worn denim. 

While I would not call my style of repair sashiko, the foundation of my style of visible mending is sashiko inspired, in that I use the basic foundations of sashiko stitching and many of the materials made for sashiko stitching.  In my practice of hand mending, I found that others were/also interested in learning how to repair their own clothing, and that teaching comes very naturally to me. The more people who opt to repair clothing is less clothing that ends up in the landfill, and a greater understanding and connection with our clothing. 

On another note, recycling, reusing, and buying secondhand is a huge passion of mine, and you will see that throughout my work, particularly in the visible mending projects. All of the patterned hankies in my shop are upcycled from cotton fabric that I have been given, bought secondhand, or salvaged. I do wash the fabric three times before it finds you as a hankie. 

I live in beautiful Bellingham, WA with my beau and a sassy border collie mix. I'm a cat lady at heart, and am searching for my next feline friend(s). When I'm not stitching you'll find me playing pinball or perusing secondhand and antique shops in my free time, whether I'm in Bellingham, or away from home. I might even be known to attend a pinball convention every now and then. 

wrenbirdarts has been featured in Buzzfeed, HuffPost and HuffPost Weddings, Parade Magazine, SeattleMet Magazine, and lots and lots of blogs. In 2016, I contributed to a German embroidery book called "Stitch It Yourself". 

I started creating downloadable embroidery patterns in 2017, embroidery kits and patch making kits. In 2019, I started creating sashiko style and visible mending washable adhesive transfers and sashiko mending supply kits. All of my kits and patterns come with full instructions and a materials list. 

If you are just beginning to get into visible mending, or want to learn, head over to my blog for some mending projects, tips and stitch tutorials. 

Instructing workshops is something that I do regularly. I enjoy teaching sashiko style mending and visible mending techniques.  If you are interested in hosting me to teach a class, please email me with the details. I also teach individual mending lessons locally. 

2019 was a busy year for wrenbirdarts. Alongside regularly scheduled workshops mostly taught at shops, I also taught a sashiko inspired visible mending workshop at Camp Thundercraft (craft camp is amazing), presented at the ReFashion Clothing Repair Event at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), and was involved with the CHOMP Festival & Upcycle Bazaar as a mender and instructor. 

I hope to be able to take part in most of these events this year as well. If you are interested in taking a workshop, please visit the workshops and events page to see what's coming up. 

While most of wrenbirdarts' business historically came from my etsy shop, wrenbirdarts.com runs just as smoothly in receiving orders and inquiries right here on our website as it does through Etsy. If you'd like to read the reviews from my customers, please click here.

Contact:

If you have any questions, email: wrenbirdarts@gmail.com.

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Shop wrenbirdarts in person at these thoughtfully chosen shops:

  • The Handmade Showroom, Seattle, WA
  • Chipper Bird, Bellingham, WA
  • Monster Art and Clothing, Seattle (Ballard), WA
  • Needles Studio, Palo Alto, CA
  • Stitches, Seattle, WA
  • Ragfinery, Bellingham, WA
  • The Refill Shoppe, Ventura, CA
  • Phoebe Bird, Bellingham, WA
  • Maker General, Longmont, CO
  • ModernMending.com Australia

 

Press:

13 Sassy Wedding Handkerchiefs That Are More Salty Than Sweet

Stitch it Yourself (wrenbirdarts is one of the featured embroiderers)

11 Adorable Gifts for Women Who Love to Drop the "F Bomb"

 Buzzfeed: Ways to Propose to Your Bridesmaids 

Parade Magazine: Gifts for your Newly Single Friend

Seattle Met Magazine: 10 Seattle Etsy Shops

 Seattle Met Magazine: Must Haves for Fun in the Sun

 HuffPost Weddings: 18 Wedding Ideas That Will Only Appeal to the Most Awesome of Couples

 The Overwhelmed Bride: The Bridal Boutique Blog

 Dear Handmade Life Contributing Blogger