Hi there! Thanks for stopping by wrenbirdarts! I'm Erin Eggenburg, sometimes called wrenbird, hence the name of my embroidery 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.
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). 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.
These days, while I still embroider regularly, I stumbled upon sashiko style mending a couple of years ago, and have become immersed in learning and practicing as much as I can about this beautiful style of hand stitched mending. Learning more about sashiko mending tradition has given me more insight into my own heritage and process as well. My grandmother is Japanese, and I've never been able to learn very much about Japanese culture from her, especially as a woman taught to assimilate in Iowa after Pearl Harbor. She was finally able to visit Japan in her 80's, and I'm making it my own mission to not have to wait until I'm in my 80's to do the same.
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.
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 transfers and sashiko 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 has been a busy year for wrenbirdarts. Alongside regularly scheduled workshops mostly taught at shops, I also taught a sashiko style visible 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. Coming up, you'll find me at the Seattle Design Fest Block Party in August.
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.
If you have any questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
- Ugly Baby, Seattle, WA
- Stitches, Seattle, WA
- Ragfinery, Bellingham, WA
- The Refill Shoppe, Ventura, CA
- Phoebe Bird, Bellingham, WA
- Maker General, Longmont, CO