About Katie

Katie Gardenia’s background before she became a fiber artist?

In her late 20’s, Katie Gardenia had a needlepoint shop in the North Star Mall in San Antonio, TX where she designed needlepoint. “One of my greatest pleasures was to design twelve dining chairs for Lady Bird Johnson.” ~Katie

Katie is also the former owner of the unconventional Bubble Room in Captiva and Bubble Room-Katie Gardeniaanother restaurant in Sanibel. Her memoir “A Bubble Moment” was written in 2011 and features several of her recipes and stories to read along with them.

 Katie Gardenia’s great-grandmother read tea leaves, and Katie read palms. “I remember that she crocheted and did tatting together which I picked up and love doing it.”~Katie

A funny story behind a doll…

Recalling one of her broken romances, one man discovered upon awakening that she had been trimming on his mustache for the sake of one of her dolls head of hair. Needless to say, the romance was short-lived.

What inspires Katie to create fabric sculpture collectible dolls and other unique collectibles?

The unique homes, in which she lives gives her inspiration among other things. The interior of one of her homes was covered in stucco and she use to sit and imagine the different faces and shapes fashioned into the stucco. Katie could visualize faces and bodies within the texture. She has a natural gift for seeing things and creating them from her imagination with or without a glass of wine!

” I’m inspired to get up every morning to create something unique and wonderful. A little Pinot Grigio never hurts either!”~Katie

What else does Katie Gardenia create?

fabric artist-upholstery chair-Katie GardeniaFurniture:

She does furniture. She love’s furniture. If she drives down the road and sees a tossed out chair for the trash pickup, she retrieve’s it, refinishes and revives its existence. She completes about three chairs a year because they’re very, very intricate and nothing is repetitious.  She does one-of-a-kind pieces, and all are hand stitched.


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One of many mermaids inspired pillows that would enhance sweet dreams to a Seaworld of enchanted characters!

She also has a love for pillow art. Katie does lavish bead and embellished art pieces. Sometimes a part of the pillow is a camouflaged brooch that can be taken off and worn to a Mermaid party!


Katie Gardenia necklaces are hand-tatted, crocheted and knitted. They are

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A fashion statement at the turn of a wrist!

called free-form, with no two being alike. Scraps of yarn leftovers that she can’t bear to throw away are integrated into these wonderful necklaces and bracelets. The center of some of them are pictures of women, mermaids and Frida Kahlo images. She also has a small kilim and does clay figures that she incorporates into her jewelry.

Purses, Shawls, and Scarves:

fiber art-shawl-Stevie Nicks-Katie GardeniaKatie recently entered a contest and designed and created a shawl for the singer, Stevie Nicks. The shawl took two months to complete with hand beading, silks, and birds on it. When the shawl is worn,  the wings move as if the birds are flying by body movement.





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Katie Gardenia lives in an 1836 Post Office with her beloved dog Moe Possum creating one of a kind fantasy art.

Katie has lived in 34 houses, and each house is different. She goes in with the intention of being very minimal and paints the walls white. She tells herself, ” I won’t have it packed with stuff, but that lasts for about two weeks.”

Her current home, number thirty-four, is in a Western North Carolina town called Flat Rock. The home was originally built in 1836 as the post office building. Katie’s charming abode sits amongst a famous Playhouse theatre and eclectic artist shops and eateries. It stands out along the much-traveled two-lane row creating its own uniqueness. It’s blue and lavender paint with a black and white awning framing the windows adds a colorful touch to the scenery. The colorful façade beckons passersby to drive a little slower to admire the outdoor gardens.


7 Replies to “About Katie”

  1. Hello Katie,
    There was a Bold Life write-up…. a beautiful one…….. on you and your unique artistry, several months ago.
    A fascinating friend , she is Germany, and makes amazing puppets, herself, and I wondered if we might possibly visit and meet you at some point in the future.
    Please email or call 305-588-3339.
    Thanks so much.

  2. Hi Katie– I spoke with you at either Southern Highlands Summer show or the SAFF fiber fair and asked if you would consider allowing our Brevard Art Quilters group ( 10-20 women, depending on the day) to visit your studio in Flat Rock. You said you were on your way to Florida soon, but would love to host us– I’m wondering if the offer is still good. We meet on 2nd Thursday of the month and I wonder if any of the following dates are good for you–
    April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9 or Sept 13 ? We want to see your textile arts, dolls, anything you’re wanting to share. We are a splinter group from the Area 5 group and part of the WNC Quilt Guild– we’re into anything fiber basically and love exploring new ideas for making art with fiber.
    Looking forward to hearing from you–

    1. Yes Jeanette:

      2622 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731
      Hours: Opens soon ⋅ 12PM
      Phone: (239) 246-0389

      Please call before coming. Sometimes I have appts. out.

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