CMO Designer Knits - (Cherokee Maiden of Oklahoma Designer Knitwear)
Bartlesville, OK 74006
(918) 333-8933) Anwering Machine if I am not available.
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I am Pamela Carrico, owner and designer for CMODesigner Knits/CM2 FunKnits. .I began hand knitting to break my bad habit of nail biting and sewing because of a couple of wonder home ec teachers when I was 16 years old. It was then my love affair with fabrics of all kind began. Art classes in high school and college helped develop my talent with color and texture. Knitting, sewing, and needlecraft of all kinds to create clothing and gifts for my family contributed to the deveolpment of my skills.
In 1978, while living in Kansas, I discovered knitting machines or also called Loom-Knitting. This enabled me to start using yarns I had only dreamed of and to make hand-loomed knit fabrics of all kinds. This led to creating hand-loomed garments for more than just my family and developing a small market for my knits at craft shows and doing production knitting for a specialty catalogue. In 1982, with help from a good friend, Cindy Kiser, and with the inspiration of Pat Higby's book, "PDQ Jacket", I learned to view the knits I made as fabric to be combined with other fabrics, and Quilt-Knit jackets were created. Another friend, Rita Baker, contributed quilted fronts to these creations, also. These partnerships continued until my family and I moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1987.
Wraps, Shawls, Cocoons, Shrugs
Sweaters for All Seasons and Occasions
Fiber Jewelry & Luxury Accessories
Also go to CM2 Fun-knits for home & family knits by Pamela Carrico
At Bartlesville, I decided to give a name to my line of garments and it was "Cherokee Maiden of Oklahoma Designer Knits" (CMO Designer Knits) for my One of a kind unique designs and "Cherokee Maiden, Too Fun-Knits" (CM2 Funknits) for everything from stocking hats to aphgans. The name came because I am of Cherokee Heritage and my cherokee grandmother is where my love of color came from. Plus now I lived in the Cherokee Nation and I am a licenced Cherokee Artist.
In 1990, another door opened for me when I was in a craft mall in Bartlesville where I saw quilts that excited my color senses thus found a new quilt designer, Bonnie Eggert.. Working together either from the yarn to the quilt or from quilt to yarn, Bonnie and I combined our skills and expanded the styles of "Quilt-Knits" available from CMO from the Casual, to Evening wear. Continuing to explore the world of fabric with customer inspiration, I started some specialty machine quilting of my own to combine to jackets and vests also. As the exotic yarns market grew, so do my design combinations and fabric creations. This inspiration gave me the unique shrugs and shawls I call my Fun with Yarn creations. Luxury yarns such as alpaca and quality wools, silks and soysilk also add to the wonderful world of fiber I can explore. As always, I am looking forward to the next creation where ever the inspiration comes from.
My family has consisted of Jack, my husband of 40 year, who went home to the Lord in 2007, 2 grown daughters, granddaughter plus 2 cats and now also a flock of chickens. I have knit almost every day for the past 31 years, except for the six months I took off to make Angela's wedding dress in 1992, Kristin's wedding dress in 2000 and 6 months during Jack's last illness. The Lord has used my love of yarn, fabric and wonderful customers go forth and create again.
As of the last of February, I retired from 20 years with ConocoPhillips and now Life continues with the Lord opening more doors to traveling to new shows, new customers and new galleries. This is exciting because I strive to be customer driven and I will be meeting many more inspiring new friends.
CMO Designer Knits are available also at this Gallery
One Good Turn Gallery, 101 SE Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74003; 918-338-0710