About Me

Hello! Thank you for coming by.

I learned to sew as a little girl, alongside my mother who was fearless with a sewing machine. After losing interest in fabric and stitches for many years, sewing took over my life in the best of ways when I began having babies in 2007. I taught myself how to make quilts, burp cloths, pot holders, and myriad accessories and textile goods for the home. Everyone in my life received some handmade originals (lucky them, ha!). As my skills improved, it made perfect sense to open an Etsy shop and share my creations with the rest of the world.

All my pieces for sale are handmade by me, with much care and thought. I work in a cat-friendly, smoke-free home studio where kids roam free. Nature, patchwork and clean design inspire me. I love to work with linen, burlap, wool felt, and modern designer fabrics. My artistic approach reflects my ideal of a sustainable lifestyle: I use natural materials and re-purpose whenever possible. For example, most of my fiber art begins on a background of upcycled burlap sack.



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I am a writer at heart, with a passion for sewing, drawing and crafting. For years, I blogged about my handmade projects on Stumbles & Stitches, a creative conversation with my friend Angel. As time passed and we moved on to different endeavors, that blog has become dormant (though the archives are still available online if you'd like to browse). I now share crafting projects here on my Jenny Bartoy Handmade blog, along with shop updates and latest creations. You may also see the occasional book review and giveaway.

I enjoy designing original projects and writing tutorials. My projects are featured in the books Never Been Stitched (February 2014) and Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas (March 2015), both edited by Amanda Carestio and published by Lark Crafts. I plan on releasing independent project patterns for sale in my Etsy shop in 2015.


Jenny with boys

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In my life before kids and art, I was a project manager with over ten years of experience in corporate and creative fields. Throughout my career, I have coordinated teams and projects of all shapes and sizes in a variety of fields, including advertising, marketing, film production, design and event management.

I grew up in France and moved to Austin, Texas as a teenager. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's degree in Social Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York. I intended to become a documentary filmmaker, but life and kids diverted those plans for now. Instead, I satisfy my hunger for storytelling by writing. I dream of traveling, publishing novels, and living on a farm in the country surrounded by chickens, fruit trees and a huge organic garden. Some day...

I currently reside in Seattle, Washington with my archaeologist husband, our two sons and a rambunctious kitty. I find such inspiration in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and through the eyes of my children.



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I'd love to hear from you! You can contact me by email at jennybartoy {at} gmail {dot} com. You can also find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.