Changes to Oxford Dogma

Pivot: embracing growth, adaptation, and change In 2015 when I created Oxford Dogma, I was focused on designing and sewing accessories for dogs rooted in classic style and that solved problems for dog parents. It has been a remarkable experience for me! Getting to know people through a mutual love of our dogs is wonderful and knowing I’m helping them fulfill their desire to be good pet parents is so rewarding. As I worked on building the business, I quite naturally added in some portrait projects. First as gifts for friends who supported me in tremendous ways, and then as…

I’ll be at the Jackalope Art & Craft Fair in April

The season for arts and crafts festivals in Phoenix is almost upon us, and I’m excited to be participating in a really great fair in April. Jackalope Art & Craft Fair happens twice a year in Colorado, California, and Phoenix (where I’ll have a booth). They hand-select artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts so that attendees can feel confident they’re getting high-quality indie goods. Jackalope is an outdoor event and it’s free to attend — you can even bring your dog with! I’m hoping to have some homemade treats at my booth for good little doggies to sample. In addition to shopping for…

Teaching how to sew a lined drawstring bag at TechShop Chandler, a maker space

I’m excited about a new teaching arrangement that starts soon. In addition to teaching at one of my local quilt shops, 35th Ave Sew and Vac, I’m teaching sewing classes at TechShop Chandler starting this month. The first class is for a lined drawstring bag, a simple project that helps students feel more comfortable on the sewing machine and introduces basic sewing techniques. TechShop is a really cool space for people who like to make things. From their website: TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million…

Teaching a sewing class

There are many things I’m enthusiastic about in the new year, and near the top of the list is teaching. I’ve always loved learning, and now I get to share with others that awesome feeling of learning something new. My first class is a two-part workshop where students will learn how to design a one-of-a-kind jacket for their pet from scratch. In the first session, we’ll walk through drafting the jacket pattern step by step, and each student will leave with a complete pattern to test fit on their pet and measure for their fabric selections. This is where to…