Meet Our Maker :: Natalie Ho

Welcome to the first Casa Verde Meet Our Maker issue. In this issue we will be sharing an interview we conducted with our in-house seamstress, Natalie. Natalie is the maker behind our line of African mud cloth pillows along with some other product lines that we are working on the for the near future. 

Natalie working while her daughter watches

Natalie working while her daughter watches

Name: Natalie Ho
Instagram: sidefire461
Area of Expertise: sewing + knitting

Question 1 :: Have you always been a maker?
Yes! My mom is super crafty and growing up my house was always a huge mess of fabric, yarn, clay, paints, and scraps of various projects. She taught me how to knit when I sprained my ankle at 8 years old and how to sew and use sewing patterns shortly after that. I really got into sewing in college when I got a job at JoAnn fabrics. I learned so much while working there. 

Some of Natalie's work in our holiday gift guide

Some of Natalie's work in our holiday gift guide

Question 2 :: What inspires you?
I really love patterns and textures. Sometimes when I'm bored I cut pretty things out of magazines and glue them into my scrapbook. I also really like being resourceful. For instance I had some curtains and I really loved the pattern but when I moved and couldn't use them as curtains any more I cut them up and made a baby quilt for my friend! Fight disposable, mass produced, consumer culture with handmade love :)

Question 3 :: Are you creative in ways outside of your primary craft?
Actually I met Karli in college where we were both studying metalsmithing! Since graduating college and losing access to a metals studio I mostly knit and quilt but I also love painting with oils and watercolors. 

Natalie's toolbox

Natalie's toolbox

Question 4 :: What new endeavor are you working toward?
I just graduated with my Masters of Social Work. The next goal is to get my clinical license to become a counselor working with people with disabilities.

Question 5 :: Where would you like to travel?
I really want to go to Spain, that's next on my list :)

WOULD YOU RATHER...

Coffee or Tea? BOTH
Chocolate or Vanilla? CHOCOLATE
Dogs or Cats? BOTH
Hot or Cold? HOT
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? BEATLES
Early Riser or Night Owl? I've been forced into being an early riser after the birth of my daughter ;) 

More of Natalie's handiwork

More of Natalie's handiwork

FAVORITE CASA VERDE ITEM

Aside from the amazing mudcloth pillows (heheh) I really love the Commuter Tote from Milkhaus Design. I've already hinted to my husband what I may like for Christmas ;) 

Thanks so much for sharing, Natalie! Casa Verde loves you!