Susan Brubaker Knapp and I share something besides our love for creating fiber art. Our birthdays are side-by-side: mine is October 30 and hers is October 31. I can say–and I’m sure Susan agrees–that it’s a lot of fun to have your birthday on or near Halloween. Everyone gets dressed up and there is a ton of candy!
Susan’s spooky birth date threads through her life, from her cat ‘Wicked,’ to her pumpkin, gourd, and leaf-themed fiber art projects, to sewing her own and her children’s Halloween costumes.
|Susan Brubaker Knapp is frighteningly fond of pumpkins–especially of the fiber art variety.|
She gets her scary-good sewing skills from her mom (and her mom’s mom). “My mother was a home economics teacher and an excellent quilter and garment sewer,” she says.
Susan has been posting pictures of the Halloween costumes she and her mother have made for Susan’s daughters through the years. In the spirit of the holiday, I thought I’d share some of those pictures–as well as ones from the Quilting Arts team–with you.
First up is this spot-on reproduction of Snow White’s gown, complete with pleats! Susan’s daughter Lea wore this when she was just a tot.
|Susan’s mother made this Snow White
costume for her daughter Lea.
Now here’s something scary: a throwback photo of me and my brother in Colonial garb, made by my mom.
|We still have these handmade costumes,
and the coat fits my son perfectly!
Here’s a more recent DeNegre family costume, a pirate ensemble worn, in character, by my oldest about 15 years back.
|Ahoy, matey! A throwback to when I made my children’s
Halloween costumes by hand–not that long ago.
Quilting Arts Assistant Editor Kristine Lundblad made many costumes for her children over the years, including princess gowns and several wild animal ‘skins.’
|Who could resist these cuties in their handmade costumes?|
Last in our Halloween costume parade, a throwback to when Quilt Daily Online Editor Cate Prato’s kids were at Hogwarts. Cate says her textile art techniques run more to low-sew fabric crafts, but I think these Griffindors look magical in their costumes created from felt, glue, and some simple straight stitching.
|Hermione (left) and Harry, ready to hit Honeydukes
–er, the neighborhood–for candy.
I hope you enjoyed our little parade. And if you celebrate Halloween, I hope you have a fun and safe time. As the birthday girl today, I declare you can dress up and eat as much candy as you like–all calories are cancelled!
roll of fall fabric squares from Moda.
I also grant you the gift of instant gratification: we have a scary number of digital ebooks, videos, and patterns available to you. They download directly to your computer or mobile device–just like magic!
P.S. Do you sew Halloween costumes, or did someone make them for you? Tell me, what was your favorite, scariest, most elaborate, or best last-minute costume? Leave a comment for a chance to win a roll of fall-themed fabric from Moda: Posh Pumpkins by Sandy Gervais. Update: The fabric winner is Carolyn Higgins!