My name is Joanna. I am an opera singer and arts fundraiser in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I love to make all of the things!

I come from a long line of seamstresses and fiber artists. My great-grandmother was a seamstress and worked for Singer, my Grammy was a seamstress and is an amazing fiber artist, and my mother is a seamstress and quilter extraordinaire!

When I was younger, my first love was cross stitch (and it still is). However, in 2004, while in grad school I needed a craft that was a bit more portable and could easily be done during rehearsals and in-between scenes. So, I taught myself how to knit! I fell in love with it. But, sadly life as a traveling (and poor!) musician soon took over, and knitting fell by the wayside.

Cut to 10 years later, in 2014 a ‘making renaissance’ took hold of my life. 🤗

I was now happily rooted in the Bay Area as a local singer and arts fundraiser (as I am today). I had just made friends with a fellow singer who loves to sew costumes and attend wonderfully nerdy events such as themed balls, renaissance fairs, comic cons, you name it! (Side Note: I am a HUGE nerd, and proud of it! 🤓)


My ren faire costume. 2014

This sparked a disease in me, called sewing. Oh yeah, you guys. I caught the sewing bug REAL BAD. I became a sponge for knowledge – reading blogs (I devoured Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing!) and I decided I needed to take lessons. I luckily had a teacher at my disposal…my mother! I’ve learned so much from her, and continue to do so, however…

…that same year I again felt the need for a portable craft to do during my long rehearsal days & nights.

Enter the wonderful world of knitting.


With the help of online tutorials, friends and family, I dived head first and have never looked back.

Welcome to the excited madness as I share everything I’m making and learning here on Stitching the High Notes!

💗 Joanna


Backstage knitting during a rehearsal break at SF Symphony.