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. Before developing her own line of one-off pieces called “hodge podge,” she designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Gap, and Old Navy. After owning a boutique that showcased her own and other local indie designers’ work for four years, she opened one of the nation’s first craft schools in 2002.
Cal contributes to books and magazines such as Stitch N’ Bitch, The Happy Hooker, Mend It Better, Appliqué Your Way, Made by Hand, and Crochet Today. In 2009 Cal relocated to upstate New York, where she is becoming a crafty farmer and growing her handmade wardrobe. She offers classes in the Hudson Valley and travels to teach at retreats and events around the U.S. Her book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes, Patternmaking Simplified, is published by Potter Craft.