Priscilla Kibbee
Wearable Art Designer, Teacher



It’s hard for me to decide whether I like sewing or shopping the most.  I love to travel the world and explore all the markets, and tiny back street shops.  When I return home the fun begins when I spread out all my wonderful finds and turn them into garments. During my travels I have taken time out to teach quilting to schoolchildren in Nepal, seamstresses in Thailand and quilters in Turkey.  Sewing is such a universal language. I keep an extensive national teaching schedule, including the North Carolina Quilt Symposium, and Quilting by the Lake.  Among my career highlights:  winning Best of Show at the Fiesta en Santa Fe Wearable Art Conference where I subsequently taught, a Fairfield Fashion Show and the 2003,  2004, 2006  and 2007 Bernina Fashion Shows. 



This outfit is called " Thanks Kaffe" from the 2006 Bernina Fashion Show.  Constructed from 135 Kaffe Fassett fabrics, silk dupioni, beaded bands from Guatemala and trim from India.  Photo courtesy of Bernina, Inc.








 The outside of the coat consists of 24 Seminole Strips plus gold embellished strips which join these strips together.  Each of the strips takes at least 8 hours to stitch because of the gold over stitching.   The banding is a wonderful multicolored beaded and sequined ribbon trim which I found in Calcutta, India.





 My clothes have appeared in a number of magazines, including Quilt, Quilters Quarterly, Notions, Salon, Quilters Newsletter, Belle Armoire, Through the Needle,  and the 2003 and 2004 editions of the book Fashion and Imagination published by Bernina..


Photos of this outfit by Susan C. Druding,, from the 2000 Fairfield Fashion Show, Houston International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas.  By Permission.



Bernina Fashion Show 2004.  "Tiger, Tiger" has a coat which begins with RJR Black cotton sateen.  It is then scrunched and embellished with fancy stitches.  7 beaded panels and hundreds of tiny crystals add sparkle.  The lining is a collage of flowers surrounding a machine embroidered tiger in all his glory.  A hat and muff, also of scrunched fabric complete the outfit. The coat and hat are adapted from a Folkwear pattern.


Bernina Fashion Show at the International Quilt Festival, November 2004.  My coat is the one walking away in the middle. The colored strips are  bands hand woven with seed beads.


Photos courtesy of BerninaUSA, Inc.