Meet the Designer: Tammy Tutterow + New PDF Patterns!
This week we have a fun new feature to share with you, Meet the Designer. Our first designer to feature may be a name familiar to you, Tammy Tutterow. In addition to being our social media manager, Tammy is an illustrator, designer, and maker from Belleville, IL. If you were a Button Lover's Club 2 member, you will recognize her as the artist of the art cards included in that club.
Meet Tammy Tutterow:
"I've always been a crafter and a maker. My mom loved crafting so our home was always full of creative supplies. When I was a girl, I dreamed of writing and illustrating children's books. As an adult I've been able to combine my love of crafts with my love of drawing. For many years now I've had my own signature line of products (stamps, die cutting dies, and stencils) in the papercraft market. I recently collaborated with Cathy Habermann from Hands On Design on a cross stitch design called Give with My Heart too!
Sewing and hand embroidery have always been favorite hobbies of mine. Even though I thought I had tried every craft at least once, I'd never heard of wool appliqué until meeting Cecile and Rachel. I was so inspired by their wonderful wool pincushion and appliqué designs at the JABC studio that I went right home, got on the internet and started learning all I could about working with wool. Wool appliqué has allowed me to combine my love of drawing with my love of stitching in a way that I truly love.
Making art makes me happy and I am passionate about trying to help others find that same joy. For many years I traveled around the world teaching papercrafting classes. I try to bring that level of instruction to my patterns by including step-by-step instructions with photographs. I photograph each project as I make it so that when you are home crafting late at night you can follow along as if we are making the project together!"
Five Quick Facts:
- How did you discover JABC? A friend shared photos on Facebook from JABC's booth at a trade show. I fell in love with their buttons and started following them on social media. I noticed they were from Troy, IL which is only about 15 miles from where I live! Ironically, I was at the same trade show but didn't see them there. Later, an opportunity came up for me to visit their studio which led to my hopeless addition to wool appliqué and JABC buttons and pins! And yes, eventually it even led to me becoming part of the JABC team!
- What is your favorite JABC button or Pin? That changes day by day! One I find myself looking at and marveling over frequently is the Monarch button. Once you understand how the buttons are made, you will be even more amazed at the detail in the Monarch. My current favorite pin set is Bird Song. The little bird in it makes me smile. The set makes me think of spring, which is my favorite season!
- Party, Smoothie, Snack, or Sprinkle Pack? Sprinkles! I love me some itty bitty buttons! Don't ask me a favorite color though because I love them all!
- Share one thing that people might not know about you? I was a 9-1-1/Police/Fire/EMS dispatcher for 17 years. Even though I have been away from it for about 5 years, I still spell things out for people using the police phonetic alphabet and say 10-4 in response to things.
- Plain or Penut M&Ms? Uh, I've never met an M&M I didn't love!
More patterns from Tammy now available in our store:
We are excited to share that we have added several of Tammy's popular patterns to our store! Tammy's patterns are all available as pdf downloads.
Members of our Button Lover's Club: Words with Buttons will recognize this pattern! Tammy designed the Button Block Alphabet to work with our hand-dyed buttons and the button appliqué technique. The pattern includes a 4" hand-drawn uppercase alphabet, a star, and a heart and is available by download.
The Storybook Cottage Pincushion was Tammy's first pincushion design and remains one of her favorites. This cute cottage was inspired by a house in her neighborhood that her daughter calls "The Storybook Cottage". The pattern is available by download and includes full step-by-step instructions making it easy to create!
This frosty snowman is such a fun little project to stitch. Use him as shown as a bowl filler or pincushion or take the motif and add it to a hoop, Christmas stocking, or table runner... there are just so many ways to use him! Best of all, the pattern is FREE to download when you purchase the coordinating button pack!