Lori is a small-town farm girl who spent her childhood playing in the sunshine on tractors and climbing trees. She grew up happily immersed in all things domestic. She's the middle child of a large family surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Her mum says that she was practically born with a needle in her hand. Her earliest sewing memories are of sitting underneath the quilting frames and threading needles for her grandma and great-aunts until she grew old enough to make stitches. As a girl, she spent many happy hours designing and sewing clothes for my dolls, crocheting and embroidering.
Her deep love of all needle art comes from the early influence of her mother and grandmothers, who were her first teachers. Now she teaches others to create and finds joy in using her creativity to make beautiful things. She is drawn to stacks of colourful fabrics, pretty papers, aprons, buttons, embroidery, old dishes, gingham and polka dots, sprinkles and glitter, and everything vintage. Lori is married and has three children and a new baby granddaughter. Lori gets to sew, create, decorate, and re-decorate daily. She thinks of herself as the luckiest girl in the world because she gets to do what she loves daily.
Her company, "Bee in My Bonnet" was born in 1994. Her greatest wish is that her designs in both patterns and fabric will inspire others to create and will also instil the desire to pass down the valuable lessons of days gone by taught to us by our mothers and grandmothers.
At Everything Fabric, we are delighted to source and stock Lori's Bee in My Bonnet products. As soon as a new product or range is released, we try to get it into our store as soon as we can so that sharing with Australian Quilters and Sewers is a reality.