Gretchen Kimoski

Wearable Art

Gretchen Klimoski sells her clothing under the name Toad Hollow Designs. Since founding Toad Hollow she has explored many surface design techniques to add color and texture to fabric surfaces.

    After discovering a “stash” of vintage kimono fabric pieces, she began incorporating them into her garments along with other ethnic fabrics.  One of her most unique and satisfying techniques is the Japanese method of “sashiko.”  This running stitch technique is now used to re-create traditional – and not so traditional – patterns on many of her designs.

    Today Toad Hollow’s designs are soft and flowing to flatter most every figure.  The Asian-inspired designs are seasonless, timeless and ageless.  Each garment is individually cut, sewn and hand embellished. Fabrics  include Irish linens, Japanese kimono fabrics, Indonesian ikats, Indian silk dupioni and fine pima cottons.  In addition to the Workhouse Arts Center, her work can be viewed at Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Alexandria and at the Left Bank Gallery on Cape Cod, MA. 

Top left:  Cotton pique vest with vintage kimono fabric and sashiko stitching: $275.00

Top right: Wool jacket with extensive sashiko stitching:  $375.00

Bottom left:  24” square sashiko wall hanging:  $95.00