The Friendly Needlewoman Next Door: Katrina Lynn’s Journey to Upcycling Success  

March 28, 2023
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Katrina Lynn, a Milwaukee needlewoman and textile artist, crafts distinctive outfits out of upcycled items such as quilts. Lynn has gone from part-time maker to full-time creative entrepreneur in the last few years after returning to a childhood sewing habit. 

Get Stitched is a fiber art brand founded by a textile artist and a one-woman show in which everything is crafted from quilts to garments to wall hangings. Katrina Lynn describes herself as the “friendly Needlewoman next door”. 

Katrina Lynn learned to sew from her grandmother and she stitched her first quilt when she was six years old. “Fashion is all about comfort, effortless style, and letting the materials speak for themselves. It’s been an absolute delight to create for you and share my love for all things comfy and cozy” Katrina Lynn stated. 

Upcycled clothing is manufactured from waste materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. This could be unwanted clothing, undesired textiles, textile factory clothing scraps, or surplus garments or materials (also known as deadstock). upcycling’ is the creative recovery of materials of any sort, fabrics or clothes from inventories and stocks that serve as the foundation for various goods and new creations. Many different fabrics can be reused into clothing, and a “mix-and-match” technique is frequently used, with new things being refashioned from various materials.

Fashion is in transition, with new paradigms emerging to keep up with the changing habits and tastes of new generations of customers. The epidemic, as a result of a drastic shift in buying habits, has resulted in an increase in internet purchases and clothing recycling. Some of the virtuous processes introduced by rising enterprises include reuse and resource savings. 

Used garments and warehouse remnants are converted into fresh collections that are highly sought after by fashion enthusiasts thanks to this technology. In short, it appears that innovative recycling and the utilization of existing materials have finally become fashionable.

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