Sewing Blogger and CraftFoxes Seller: Jordan Ellis

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014

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This week we feature Jordan Ellis, a blogger who is also a seller in the CraftFoxes marketplace, find her products here! She has great projects for sale here at the CraftFoxes site. On her blog, Jordandené (pronounced jór•dən den•ay), she shares her love for  nerdy crafts, as well as crafts made for kids. Here on CraftFoxes, she has listed such amazing creations as a Tardis apron, aHogwarts apron and a Crayon ammo belt for kids. Nerdiness is at the heart of Jordan’s site and her crafts, and we think that’s awesome. We asked Jordan some questions and here’s what she had to say.

How did you get into your craft? When did you start? 
I grew up in a pretty crafty family and started sewing lessons in elementary school. I got to learn all the basics of sewing with a machine and using patterns. I started working on my own designs and products in my free time after finishing college, which evolved into a full time gig.

What inspires your work? 
I love the idea of combining antiquated techniques like hand stitching and quilting with really modern themes. I try to include as many nerdy themes as possible because that’s where I have the most fun.
How did you come up with the name for your shop?
The name for my shop is actually really simple – it’s just my first and middle names! 

How many hours a week do you spend crafting? What's your favorite time of day to work? 
I work on my craft for at least 40 hours a week and usually a bit extra at night and on weekends. My favorite schedule is working on business projects from 9 to 5 and spending evenings working on personal projects. 

What’s your personal favorite item in your shop? 
My absolute favorite item is my NASA apron. My husband helped me design it, and I’m in love with the way it turned out. The red accents and galaxy print are two of my favorite details. 
Crayon Ammo Belt
 What is one of your favorite online shops/sellers? 
Shadowplaynyc is one of my favorite online shops. I buy something from them every time I have a little extra cash, and I follow them on every type of social media. I love how fresh their ideas are and how they were one of the first shops to combine astronomy with fashion. 

Do you have an official site or blog? 

What blogs or sites do you enjoy for tips and inspiration?
Color Collective is one of my favorite design blogs. Alisa Burke and Jimmy McBride also have great blogs where I get a lot of creative inspiration. 
What is your dream project?
I would absolutely love to work on costumes and props for a film someday, especially a sci-fi cult film like Star Wars or a comic book adaptation. 

What's one important lesson you've learned about your craft?
There’s always something new to learn. With sewing, there are always new presser feet to try, or stitches to work with, or techniques to make your job easier. 

Have any advice for those aspiring to do what you do? 
Your best bet will always be to do something as unique as possible. It’s really fun to make things that are fun to make, but it’s more important to focus on what your target audience would actually buy.
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