Fall Studio Sale

Friday, October 13  1-5pm
Saturday, October 14   10am-4pm
Over the years I’ve written about shirts, pants, jackets, hats, bridal attire, daddy clothes, mommy clothes, hand-me-downs and -ups, underwear, outerwear, color, plaids, stripes, dots, neatly matching outfits, wildly clashing outfits, laundry issues, ironing issues, moth holes, fit, seams, pleats, buttons, labels, hangers, and pockets. I guess I’ll come out: I’m a closet writer.
And lately I’ve excavated a few closets for the languishing Ellen Hauptlis, including my own. Consequently, there is a rather large crop of new arrivals for my Returns for Re-wearing Project. As usual they are marked at a fraction of the original price. The  sales of some of these garments will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and others will benefit the Uveal Melanoma Research Program in honor of my friend Liz Montgomery Heinz.
The customary array of new clothes round out the sale studio: the latest silks, wools, cottons, and off-season mark-downs. I hope to see you here!
Can you tell the Returns for Re-wearing from the never-been worn?
If you want to shop in the City next week, I will have a booth at the Towers Trunk show October 4th and 5th, 10am-4pm, 1661 Pine Street, San Francisco.
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Studio News and Workshops

Greetings friends, 

Here is the latest news:
– Studio Sale this weekend, April 7th & 8th.  Friday 1-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
– Artwear at the deYoung Museum, May 5th & 6th. Another colorful gathering of textile and jewelry artists in which I am happy to participate!
– Abstract Piecing and Quilting for Clothing –
Kantha quilts are made in India and Bangladesh from layers of fabric, stitched together with rows of simple running stitches. The quilt itself is upcycled – a product of rescuing tired,worn out fabrics as many quilts around the world are. These textiles are better suited to making clothing than quilts with a fat batt inside. This workshop will provide you with techniques to quilt your own fabric scraps – of any shape and size – and then build a new fabric by joining them without making bulky, overlapping seams. Something new can be fashioned and there should be enough time to complete a bucket bag or a vest. I often combine tribal kantha with my own homegrown kantha made from favorite scraps from my own stash – scraps too small to use for anything else. If you want to use tribal kantha scraps too, they are available on Etsy.
*April 29th 10am-4pm in my studio – one day workshop to get you started
*June 7-11  if you want a chunk of time to finish your project along with fabulous food, riverside relaxation, and garden extravaganzas, all in the company of other creatives, try an Art Stay at Emandal, a Farm on a River. My workshop occurs the first session. http://emandal.com/
– Rescue and Reconstruct- May 20  10am-4pm
Save that favorite garment for another life in the active part of your closet! This workshop is unstructured as we will all be working on different items with different techniques and is not for a beginner stitcher. You will be encouraged to use your seam ripper and scissors boldly, but you’ll have lots of support!
Let me know if you are interested in any of these workshops and I will send more information.
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2017 Spring Studio Sale



First, I will have some of my new spring pieces at the 

Santa Fe Weaving Gallery trunk show this coming weekend:


Secondly, more of my new pieces, along with the winter sale clothes, will be available at the studio sale:

Friday, April 7  1-5pm

Saturday, April 8   10am-4pm


Trickle-up Kimonos

My friend Kimi recently gifted me with three bags of silk kimonos and obis that had languished in her closet for years. Some dated from her childhood and from traditional Japanese dancing. Others came from family and a friend’s collections.

I got to work immediately washing and deconstructing the kimonos. I remade them into more easily wearable dusters and dresses, a few of which are pictured. But I didn’t know what I’d do with the ultra thin silk linings that are not a happy match for my kind of sewing. Fortunately I could further trickle the kimono linings to Liza Dalby who uses them beautifully for her traditional and not so traditional Japanese scrolls: lizadalby.com

The kimonos that had been in the dark so long now have a chance to live new lives walking and watching the world on the backs or from the walls of their new owners.


after all these years making jackets and vests from the Pakistani tribal quilts I am down to just two rallis and a handful of scraps. That’s because I’ve been using those leftover jewels to build a series of vests. Come get them before they are gone for good!

Ellen Vest Open Table 180rez

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2016 Holiday Studio Sale

Ellen Hauptli
2016 Holiday Studio Sale
and studio news
Friday, December 9, 1-5 pm
Saturday, December 10, 10 am-4 pm
1030 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley
Some of my new denim and wool jackets exhibit a few of the techniques I use in an effort to use every last scrap of fabric. That’s ‘pre-consumer recycled content’ and is defined this way:
Pre-consumer recycling is any movement of material from a finished or partially finished product backwards into the production chain. When a material destined for landfill is instead used as a raw material in a new product, this new product has recycled content.
The pieces have a happy story to tell about mingling with others of different fiber persuasions and how they all get along beautifully despite their differences.
The last of my Polartec stash has been sewn up into pullovers, jackets, vests, muffs, baby blankies, and mitts – these last items more examples of pre-consumer recycled content. Some cool weather is bound to come our way soon despite what the early blooming iris, daffodils, and magnolias might think.
Summer clothes are marked down 65% even though rapid global warming may mean they will soon be winter clothes as well.
A new, really nice batch of pre-owned Ellen Hauptli’s have arrived from several clients who are culling their flocks. The prices are extremely low, and the money goes to the MSSociety to fund research. Speaking of the MSSociety, I will be picking the three winners of my latest and last raffle on Saturday afternoon. Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported my fundraising efforts these last few years. It means the world to my family and everyone waiting for a cure to multiple sclerosis.
There are workshops in the offing for those interested:

Writing the Unexpected: Workshop Intensive

December 22

9:30am – 12:30pm

Ellen Hauptli’s studio will be a source for inspiration, conversation, and playfulness in this generative workshop suitable for poets and prose writers. We will use visual ephemera, art, and the outdoors to experiment, get out of old habits, and create new work. Along the way we will attend to the craft of poetry to learn tricks and tips from published pieces. Our goals will be to establish a positive environment for critical feedback and community, write new pieces, and leave with a collection of writing exercise to draw upon in your own practice. Expect to leave with a new prose piece or poem.

Fee: $35. Includes handouts.

Materials: Bring a notebook and pen or pencil.

Valerie Wallace holds an MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught workshops and seminars throughout Chicago area. She has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award, and was selected by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award. A former editor with RHINO Poetry, she is author of the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping and the book House of McQueen,  winner of the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize.

January and February workshops tba:

Kantha Scraps to Whole Cloth

Up Cycling a Favorite Garment

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Fall Studio Sale and Raffle

Friday, September 16  1-5pm
Saturday, September 17  10am-4pm
All summery clothing marked at wholesale or lower.
Selected fabrics for sale at $4/yard
Raffle info below
The Blessed Tomato
So many tomatoes! Early Girl, Black Krim, Momotaro, Green Icicle, Sungold, San Marzano, Nebraska Wedding. Labor Day for me means a visit with my sister, Holly, and brother-in-law, Paul, at their sheep ranch/farm in Mendocino County, where Paul hosts an expansive Tomato Tasting/BBQ that feeds and entertains 30-50 people: family, friends old and new, and clients of Paul’s veterinary practice. At least 12 feet of tables are set up exclusively for the tomatoes, presented on paper plates with their variety written on the edge, salt shakers and knives handy for sampling. This year there will be at least 35 varieties to taste: small, large, misshapen, bulbous, red, orange, yellow, pinkish,  and green/red striped. The last is named Berkeley Tie Dye. He can provide this prodigious array because he plants over 100 tomato plants of at least 25-30 varieties. The rest come from gardener-guests who plant other kinds.
Paul and Holly started such gatherings early on in their marriage when they bought their first country house.  They had their first garden and their first flock of sheep.  Back then, the meat, too, was named:  we had Leg o’ Jack that first year.  Holly would bake the pies from blackberries picked on the property, Paul would marinate and BBQ the meat, they made salads together from the bounty of the garden.
Over the years Holly and Paul had kids (two of the human kind and two of the caprine kind) and moved twice, but at each home there has been a large garden and a flock of sheep.  The late summer BBQs have been a regular in their lives and ours. I’m not sure when the theme of these Labor Day events became so heavily geared toward the multitudinous colors, shapes, sizes and flavors of tomatoes, but it might have been the year Holly and Paul went to Italy.
About that time Holly couldn’t walk so efficiently anymore.  Her MS had progressed enough to where Paul brought the wheelchair to Rome.  They were there for a week while Paul attended an equine vet conference.  They got to know the neighborhood somewhat in their explorations of the city, including where the good bathrooms were.  While heading towards one near the Vatican one morning, a man  beckoned them through a doorway in the Vatican’s wall.  By following him, Holly and Paul found themselves with other folks in wheelchairs in the front row of a very large crowd awaiting Pope John Paul who was about to hold an audience.  After his teachings and benedictions, Holly along with all the other disabled people were paraded by the Pope who blessed each of them and their caregivers with a touch.  And just like at Disneyland, the tender moment was photographed.  Of course they bought the picture despite their Lutheran leanings.  With the help of PhotoShop, the Pope has invited us to Tomato Tastings for years.
Paul loves to cook with fire, he even has a wood burning stove in his kitchen. So after the tomatoes and antipasti come the wood oven pizzas, the dough prepared by Paul and assembled by some of the younger guests. Then out of the smoker and six Weber line-up come three flavors of ribs, smoked pork roast, chicken wings and a sensational 27” chicken/seafood/fava paella. We guests supply the remainder of the menu: mostly salads and desserts. They are too hard to cook with fire…
Long before all this, Eric and I arrive to help out – Eric with the food, me with Holly. I’m good with scissors, so I’ve become Holly’s hair stylist and pre-party is a good time for her new coiffure. She is always in a wheelchair now, and I have to be up-to-date with my Pilates so my back won’t crumple with the bending over. Having multiple sclerosis means withering in the heat, so I don’t take Holly outside to the festivities until all the food is ready. She gets to sit at the head of the picnic tables and I sit next to her to help. Before the paella and three kinds of ribs are ready, Paul calls everyone’s attention to thank them for coming and to toast Holly, “my inspiration!”.  We all toast Holly, Paul, and each other before digging in.
Holly likes the ribs with blackberry barbeque sauce best and she can maneuver those herself. We are always a little on the edge of things, Holly and I. Partly because we can’t move around easily, and also when it’s too hot or Holly is tired, we go inside for a rest as the party carries on. We come outside later for dessert and Holly perks right up with pie and ice cream in front of her!
I know Paul is finally able to relax when the cooking is done, all the attendees have eaten and are telling stories and guffawing. He brings out a tray of tiny glasses and the limoncello to round out the sumptuous meal, because “We all need a digestif!”. This year we’ll have a special treat: Holly and Paul’s daughter, my niece Paloma, has spent the year making several digestifs of other flavors and will present ‘Paloma’s ‘cello Bar’. I can’t wait!

Once again this year I will be raising funds for the MS Society’s Waves to Wine Bike Ride in their on-going campaign to find a cure for this debilitating disease. And this year I’ll conduct one last raffle.  For every $25 you donate to help me toward my goal of $5000, I will enter your name into my studio raffle! The prize winners can special order a shirt or jacket from any bolted fabric in my studio.  This year I will pick three winners at my holiday studio sale in December. Last year’s winners are wearing their prizes right now!  Every dollar is much appreciated. Here’s my personal page for donating on line:

If this link doesn’t connect, copy and paste into your browser.
Or send a check made out to the MSSociety to the address below.
Thank you,
Ellen Hauptli
1030 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley CA 94707
510 527 2487
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Holiday Studio Sale

Ellen Hauptli
Holiday Studio Sale
Friday, December 4th  1-5pm
Saturday, December 5th   10am-4pm
Here are a few features available at the sale:
Vest Bk 72rez
In future, I hope to offer on occasion a variety of workshops in the studio. Undertakings like upcycling that giant sweater/shirt/dress, writing, bookmaking, poetry, various sewing projects, and who knows what else? If you’d like to hear about these offerings, email me and I’ll put you on the workshop list. Right now I have 5 openings for a December 14th cuff workshop with Debra Rapoport. Email for details.
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Fall Studio Sale and Raffle



Saturday, September 19   10am-4pm

One day only this time!


Don’t know what to do with those Hauptli’s you don’t wear anymore? Bring them here – I’ll sell them for a fraction of their original price and donate the money to the MSSociety. That’s a good deal for everyone!


It was a sad day for workshirts of the sentimental variety. I had worn and worn my mother’s J.Jill chambray cotton shirt ever since I inherited it. It was a casual pale blue but with small classy details like the Chinese knot button and loop closure. Even though I don’t wear much blue, I loved the opportunity to wear her shirt. She wore it on many a dog walk and out in her garden watering her voluminous hanging hoya plant. I wore it when tending and feeding our chickens in the backyard, when planting the dogwood tree that replaced the hens when they went to live with more enthusiastic egg-eaters, and when weeding, watering, and harvesting lettuce, kale, and onions. For days on end it was my uniform while I spiffed up the garden in preparation for our son’s wedding last August. I felt Mom was there helping, too.

But during my zealous raking late last March, I reached over to scratch an itch. The fabric ripped where the sun weakened it first on my mother’s shoulders and then on mine. As I raked and pruned and weeded, I thought I might salvage the shirt with patches and stitching since whenever possible, I like to mend or rehabilitate my favorites so I can wear them longer. But by the end of the work day, I decided to let it go. Wearing out the J.Jill completed one aspect of my grieving and it did its job well.


Speaking of cast-offs, according to a 2013 report from the EPA, we in the U.S. discard about 13.1 million tons of textiles every year, much of it clothing. This disgraceful waste results in homeless garments, deemed unsalable, unfashionable, unflattering, out-of-season, or just old. Chere Mah and I are featured in the show Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art (September 12-November 15 at the Richmond Art Center) and in one collaborative piece seek to creatively resuscitate some of these fashion victims in an attempt to bring at least a few of them back into favor and hence ready to be happily worn again.

Chere and I will perform entertaining re-imagining in the gallery on September 13th and November 15th, 1:30 to 3pm. I’ll bring my sewing machine and scissors, Chere her safety pins and paints for garment re-building through means both conventional and unorthodox. We invite you to bring your sense of humor and one of your own closet casualties that is ripe for a possible metamorphosis. Also connected with the show, Jean Cacicedo and I will present an ‘Old School Panel’ slide show and talk Sunday, November 1st at 1:30. Below is one of the three other pieces I will be showing.

Top Crop Reverse Full w Hana 3700


Once again this year I will be raising funds for the MS Society’s Waves to Wine Bike Ride in their on-going campaign to find a cure for this debilitating disease. And this year I’ll again conduct a raffle.  For every $25 you donate to help me toward my goal of $5000, I will enter your name into my studio raffle! The prize winners can special order a shirt or jacket from any bolted fabric in my studio.  This year I will pick three winners at my holiday studio sale in December. Last year’s winners are wearing their prizes right now!  Every dollar is much appreciated. Here’s my personal page for donating on line:


If this link doesn’t connect, copy and paste into your browser.

Or send a check made out to the MSSociety to the address below.

Thank you,

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Spring Shows

Here are two more spring events to look into – they will be varied and colorful! The first is in Mountain View, last weekend of April. Here is the link to find out more:  http://style2015.lucentestudio.com

And here is the second, early May with my flag shirt featured on the postcard!
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Two Big Spring Shows




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Spring Studio Sale

Friday, March 27th  1-5pm
Saturday, March 28th   10am-4pm

 I’m Bolting!
Like many of my friends and acquaintances, I want to experience The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  The book by Marie Kondo has inspired me! After reading it, I know how I will attack the chaos of my closet and drawers, my desk and file cabinets, and my kitchen pantry and credenza. My sock drawer will be a thing of beauty. Marie has instilled confidence in my ability to overcome hoardiness and the I-might-need-it-someday-ness that plagues my home.  The key to success is to keep only the things that ‘spark joy’ and banish the rest.
But Ms. Kondo has not addressed the problem of a working studio where I-might-need-it-someday proves to be true at least once a week! Most of the fabrics in the studio are dear to me. I save all scraps left over from cutting out a garment (the cabbage) as small as 4” square.  Sometimes they become a single collar or cuff, a pocket, part of a bag, a potholder, a coaster.  Lately I’ve been building whole new fabrics from pieces of the old. If it gives me joy, I hang on to the cabbage.
Many of the bolts on my shelves, however, were purchased not for me and my closet, but for my clients and theirs. Black materials for instance. I personally gave  up wearing black years ago but not many of my customers have. And what about the beige knit and the eucalyptus blue rayon/linen I’ve never warmed to? I’d like to tidy up my shelves so sparks of joy may fly in other studios, so for this sale I’ll be offering selected yardage at a mere $2/yard.  There will be deep teal, cream, cinnamon, cocoa and navy ponte knit, a chartreuse knit with wild raspberry poofs, pastel stripe cotton, and more. Even some black!
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