Cal Patch has been making, designing and teaching all things textile-related in New York City since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins, prints, knits, dyes, and more.
She designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called “hodge podge”, which she currently sells at craft fairs and in her Etsy shop.
After owning a boutique for four years which showcased her own and other local indie designers’ work, she opened one of the nation’s first craft schools in 2002.
She contributes to books and magazines such as Made by Hand, Stitch N’ Bitch: The Happy Hooker, Applique Your Way, Crochet Today and Sew Stylish.
In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York where she is learning to be a crafty farmer. She offers classes through her new teaching venture, Double Knot Studio. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft.
*photo by Thea Coughlin