Ellen Embardo

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ELLEN EMBARDO

In my youth, I made many of my own clothes, partially out of necessity and partially as a way to fulfill my need to create something of my own.

My inspiration for the creation of what I perceived as “fashion” began with a local Katy Keene club, started by my older sister, Corinne.  (I know, I’m aging myself here).  At our neighborhood meetings, we designed clothes and accessories for our favorite comic book characters, including Veronica and Betty from the “Archie” comics and, of course, Katy Keene.

Several decades later, after retiring from a long career in a decidedly NON-fashion profession, I dusted off my mother’s 1950s Singer Featherlite sewing machine, my old faithful from my youth, and began making quilts.

Now, with an upgraded machine, and a saturation point with quilts, I have settled on creating purses, travel bags, tote bags, and small household accessories.  I love creating designs that make useful objects beautiful, thereby adding elegance to our IMG_0824daily lives.

Some of my bags are embellished with hand woven details, designed by Dahlia Popovits and Camille Benjamin, and woven by another Swift Waters member, Kathy Weigold.  Their gorgeous fabrics add sparkle to my creations.

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