Hi! My name is Beth and this is my DIY blog. I’m originally from Oregon but now I live and work in Los Angeles in a sweet little apartment filled to the brim with fabric and yarn and palm trees outside my windows. During the day I work full-time as an art director and graphic designer. When I’m not spending time with friends and family, I’m making things and working on this little blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the name Lula Louise come from?
Lula Louise is a combination of my maternal great-grandmother's name, Lula, and my paternal grandmother's name, Louise. I chose the name as a way to honor both sides of my family. Lula was born in Idaho and traveled the west in a covered wagon. She was a tiny woman, who wore soft cardigans and fiercely defended her roses against intruding rattlesnakes. Louise was born on a wheat ranch in Oregon on Valentine's Day in 1914. She loved sewing and fashion. You'll often see things on my blog that I inherited from her (she had an amazing sewing pattern collection).
Why did you start this blog?
I started this blog in 2006 as a way to share my DIY design with the world. I often look to blogs for advice on sewing pattens or project inspiration and I wanted to share my perspective too. I wanted to eventually open a shop and start selling my patterns. And maybe that will still happen one of these days. The blog is also a great way to have a record of the things that I made. It's kind of funny to go back and look at posts I wrote 5 or 6 years ago. So much has changed yet still stayed the same.
How did you get started doing DIY?
My family is a very crafty bunch. We're all makers of different sorts from furniture to ceramics to screen printing, so the idea that I can make things myself really comes naturally. As a kid I loved doing "experiments" trying things out to see what would happen. That curiosity nicely segues into being a designer where one must try new things, come up with new ideas and solve problems.
How did you learn to sew?
The most simple answer is that my mom taught me. When I was a little girl my mom made me sweet little dresses with matching purses. She's still mad that I refused to wear one of them. (Sorry Mom!) I took home economics in middle school and learned some basic sewing techniques. Then my mom helped me make myself dress. After that I took more classes in high school and college and just practiced A LOT.
How did you learn to knit?
My family was on a cross country road trip when I was 8 years old when my mom bought me some yarn and knitting needles. She taught me the basic knit and purl stitches and I sat in the back seat "experimenting". I made a long, haphazard scarf out of pink variegated yarn. I didn't pick up knitting again until I was in college. I bought myself a how-to book and supplies. Then I made mittens on double pointed needles with colorwork. (Yes, I'm bragging right now.)
How did you become a graphic designer?
I went to school for graphic design. And then I practiced a lot. I learned so much after I started working. These days there are a lot of great resources on the web for designers but nothing beats the hands on instruction and critique you will get in a classroom. Taking classes is also a great way to practice design and everyone needs a lot of practice.
What kind of sewing machine do you have?
I have a Brother CS6000i that I've had for a year or two now. It's an upgrade for me from another Brother. I chose this one specifically because it has a walking foot which is necessary for quilting and makes sewing knits way easier. I also have a Brother 1034D serger. A serger is great for making really clean finished edges and for knits. Seriously if you want to sew a lot of knits you should get a serger and a machine with a walking foot.
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