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Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks

Hi, I'm Ellen Holder, proprietor of Clever Craft Tools®. I am a serial crafter, crazy for notions and love to know how things work!

One of the first things I ever remember sewing is a poodle pajama bag and being the proud owner of a Little Red Spinning Wheel (thanks Dad)! Growing up in Australia, one of our art requirements in elementary school was to sew a cross stitch tablecloth and knit a jumper (English for sweater), not a simple scarf or bag, but a jumper! Mine was purple wool, one arm longer than the other, boxy and had quite a few missed stitches but I passed 5th grade! Later on I learned embroidery, sewing garments, leather tooling, ceramics, needlepoint, basket weaving, quilting, fiber arts and mixed media art forms. Now I'm the proud owner of a real wooden spinning wheel and an 8 shaft floor loom.

My first career was in healthcare administration and consulting. After moving to the Seattle area I had the opportunity to jump into volunteer work, meet new friends and pursue my interests in crafts, quilting and fiber arts. I am very fortunate to have my studio, AKA the bonus room, as a haven to work in as I thoroughly enjoy designing, creating and making gifts for friends and family.

One day my very talented quilt artist friend and I were talking about free motion quilting and the need for something other than gloves or using our hands to move the fabric under the running needle. After a year and a half of R&D for suitable foams, plastics, adhesives, sizes, and a US manufacturer, the Grip & Stitch™ quilting disks came to fruition. Clever Craft Tools, LLC was formed in 2010 and this is the flagship product. Another notion is on the drawing board.

Clever Craft Tools® donates a portion of proceeds to a WA charitable non-profit organization that makes quilts for American Heroes and Camp Korey. Thank you for reading my story and I hope you enjoy using the Grip & Stitch™ quilting disks for either free motion quilting or as a gripping device when sewing your handmade treasured quilts. Be sure to stay tuned for future products!

Happy Designing!

Charities We Support

American Hero Quilts

Camp Korey


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