I am Cheryl Kuczek. I am artist with a passion to sew everything. I design handbags & clothing and I love to paint murals and my pup Jackx!! I started Paradiso Designs Sewing Patterns in 2007.
Paradiso is a collection of creative eclectic style sewing patterns for handbags and clothing for a delightful sewing experience. The focus is unique clothing sizes (up to 3x) and sound sewing techniques for handbags, clothing, and home accessories.
I love to give thoughtful and caring sewing encouragement to you!
I started Paradiso with 4 handbag designs and the discovery of how to up my handbag game with pleather and hardware!
I spent years curating a collection of upholstery grade embossed vinyl (pleather) that is strong to make straps and hold alot of handbag weight. The embossed pleather looks and feels like real leather. The journey to find hardware I could believe in took longer. The results.... Paradiso Hardware is originally made for horse riding gear.
When I started to design clothing patterns it was important that Paradiso have size inclusivity so my patterns work with for all sizes.
I am now extremely happy to introduce my own found textiles. I have been dyeing fabric for a while, but I found another facet to add to my creative jam this last summer. I am giving new life to old linens & fabric with organic and cool dyeing techniques. The results are stunning! And it leads me down the path of sustainability!
In the near future I will be offering online creative and sewing classes. I really cannot wait to show you!
Black Lives Matter & Black Makers Matter
I am actively working to be an ally, advocate for social justice, and contribute to work that provides equality to those who don't yet have it. Because, simply, racism must end and we can all do better creating a just society.
I am contributing to the Social Justice Sewing Academy each month. My heart is especially happy to give to SJSA as it combines my passion for sewing and Sara's work for social justice is extremely important.
May sewing and creating be as magical to you as it is to me!