Natalie Ebaugh is a Oakland based fiber artist and clothing designer. She draws inspiration from her love of quilting, interest in found textiles and her work in costuming for film.
Focusing on outerwear, Natalie explores simple, utilitarian shapes, often combining her love of piecing, quilting and wearable art. Her work is characterized by a strong color palette and bold prints, creating an energizing, intricate and playful style.
Natalie studied Fiber Arts and Experimental Fashion at the Maryland Institute College of Art, following her interest in soft sculpture, costume and fashion. She graduated in 2012 and went on to work as a Fabric Buyer with Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley, California. During her time living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Natalie co-founded Good Omen Market and helped organize similar events highlighting emerging artists and craftspeople.
Natalie teaches longarm quilting classes at Hello Stitch Studio in Berkeley and is part of the marketing and buying team at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.
Each quilted coat that Natalie creates is unique and one-of-a-kind and takes shape through an organic, improv-style process. She starts by choosing a combination of fabrics to work with and builds each quilt top block by block. A mix of improv and traditional piecing styles are used in each quilt top.
Once a quilt top is complete, Natalie uses a longarm quilting machine to quilt her pieces. She uses both free-motion sewing and automated designs and is a fan on both wool and cotton batting.
Once the quilting process is complete, Natalie cuts her jacket pattern pieces from the quilt. These are then sewn together and seams are bound with bias-cut strips of fabric.
From start to finish, the complete process of creating a quilted coat takes from 15 to 20 hours.
Natalie quilts all of her pieces on a longarm quilting machine. She pieces her quilt tops and constructs clothing on a BERNINA B560 sewing machine and uses a BERNINA 1300MDC overlock/coverstitch machine.