Her famous hen and rooster signature patterns garnered status as “#1 Simplicity Best Selling Craft Pattern ” for three consecutive years worldwide.
BOULDER JUNCTION, WI, June 18, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Luella Doss has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Doss began her career by creating with two friends, fifty-two quilts in a year and selling them all. The quilts they made were well received and this led to Luella designing a quilting curriculum at the bidding of a technical college. It seemed there was a raging cultural desire to learn to quilt. This demand fueled venues for Doss to teach throughout the state, then the Midwest and expanded well beyond the U.S. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois, Doss noticed that after making a quilt, lives changed forever. From this simple, inexpensive process (available to all) of making a quilt, individuals were transformed to celebrate life with more perceptive creativity. As a result, Luella Doss made the critical decision to devote her creative force to fiber arts and the importance of quilts and quilt making in peoples’ lives.
As she refined her sharp eye for design and her mastery of craft techniques, Doss developed patterns for quilts, home decorating and wearable art marketed globally not only for her own business but also for Simplicity Pattern Company, NYC. Her famous hen and rooster signature patterns garnered status as “#1 Simplicity Best Selling Craft Pattern ” for three consecutive years worldwide. Awarded the “Tommy” by the American Printed Fabrics Council, Luella’s hen and rooster received national acclaim as “Excellence of Craft Design”. On an international runway for 20 years as an invited artist, Luella Doss’s wearable art garnered standing ovations, catalogue centerfolds and magazine front covers. Likewise, she was invited to design exclusive collections with a signature byline for Free Spirit Fabrics, NYC. These fine imported cottons are marketed globally and Luella’s fabrics can be discovered online.
For more than 30 years, Luella Doss exhibited and marketed her designs as a vendor at international gift, home furnishing, quilt and gourmet product trade shows from San Francisco to High Point to New York City. In addition, Doss co-directed her own nationally attended fine and folk art shows: Christmas in the Country, from 1973-2013, and Buttermilk Country, from 1988 to 1996. Her excellent skills in marketing and display led to set design and production for public television. Her television work included set styling for several popular quilting and sewing series most notably the long-running program, “Sew Creative with Donna Wilder”. From 2000 to 2015, Doss was the co-founder, fundraising board member and volunteer curator to create the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Ms. Doss’s approach to curation integrated her diverse expertise in technique, design and mass media. The 40 exhibitions she curated were marked by an interdisciplinary approach to fiber arts exhibition with an emphasis on the inclusion of loaned textiles and cross collection display.
Her dedication to educating quilters and the public about the history and the contemporary practice of fiber arts, had inspired her to found The Wisconsin Quilt History Project, which has documented or archived over 8,000 quilts in Wisconsin since its establishment in 1988. One hundred of these quilts were chronicled in its award-winning book: Wisconsin Quilts: Stories in the Stitches. In 1981, Doss founded Wisconsin Quilters, a state educational organization, meeting four times annually. Invited to serve on the Quilt Board at the Museum of American Folk Art, Luella Doss continues her career as quilt judge at all levels of quilt events.
In tribute to her late husband, Jud, and her wonderful son Brian, Luella considers their support made her accomplishments possible. Ms. Doss continues to serve her community living in Wisconsin’s North Woods, leading fundraising activities for the Friends of the Boulder Junction Public Library and as chair of Christian Education for her church. Engaging in reverse aging, Luella Doss continues to believe in the grace of her Creator to grant her the gifts of scaling the heights-yesterday, today and forever.
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