Inspired by family and nature
I am Irina, the founder, designer and maker of NordicCrafter.
I come from a family of many talented people. I grew up watching my mother sewing, knitting and embroidering. She taught me all these skills and at that time I couldn't imagine that sewing would become my life`s passion. I used to sew clothing but I made my first quilt only in 2014 and since then I can´t stop quilting.
When I moved to Finland I fell in love with the country and Scandinavian design. Pure forms, color and color gradulation fascinates me, as you can see in my works. I like working with bold and bright Marimekko fabric as well as with soft and delicate Liberty of London.
I like challenging myself with different techniques - foundation paper piecing, needle turn applique and English paper piecing (EPP). I also design EPP patterns and have a blog where I share my knowledge and expertise with fellow quilters.
I also enjoy re-imagining old textiles and giving them new life.
The beauty of Finnish nature encapsulates and inspires me. Many of my quilting designs are based upon the inspiration I receive from nature.
My favourite stage of quilt making is picking colors and free motion quilting on my domestic machine. I design my quilts in a way that they always have a lot of negative space, as it is fun to conquer it. I also like adding hand quilted accents to my fmq.
I have been successfully selling my products since 2014. Many of my creations have found new homes. I pride myself on providing my customers with a wide variety of choices, high quality products and the best customer service I can offer.