Hi! I am Jessica of XOJessica. I am a self proclaimed fiber artist. My primary focus is Custom handbags, wallets and totes. I have recently expanded my shop to also include embroidery, monogramming, vinyl, and leather! I love the results when I can combine several mediums and make a unique bag.
I have been sewing for too many years to count and started as a quilter and dabbled in clothing and costumes for my children. Over time (and out of necessity) I expanded into bags. We moved overseas and I was able to take very little with me, so I chose my sewing machine and some rudimentary supplies. I did some quilting there but stumbled across a bag that caught my eye and have been creating them ever since.
If I had to chose a favorite part of creating with fabric it would most definitely be choosing fabrics. The combinations are endless! I don’t consider myself as having any particular style I gravitate toward, I just create with whatever inspires me at any given moment. My favorite part of bags is the process of creating a unique item for each person I encounter. One of my favorite bags as of late was created for a District Librarian on the west coast. It was an incredible adventure for me to combine her love of Shakespeare, Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter into a messenger bag. She was thrilled with the results and sent another friend my way immediately thereafter!
When I am not sewing I am a full time taxi – I have 3 teen daughters, (one is on loan to me) and an amazing husband that supports all my fabric stroking, sewing machine collecting habits. (Plus three furry “helpful” assistants.)
Thank you so much for stopping by, I love sharing my knowledge and hope that you can learn something new from me today.
My studio set-up:
(I have 6 or so other machines but these three are my day to day favorites.)