As the creative head of her own company, Sandra creates all of the knitwear designs. She selects the highest quality yarns and accessories to make the fascinating styles. She supervises all knitwear production, overseeing the work of several expert knitters and completing much of the hand-finishing work herself. This enables her to ensure that her clients receive the finest workmanship possible.
Sandra's success is due to her artistic talent, business experience, and educational background. To enter the field, Sandra studied Applied Fashion Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Before launching Sandra Miller Knitwear in 1986, Sandra worked for years as a fashion designer in New York City. She gained extensive experience in pattern making, draping, and fitting.
From her start as youngster learning sewing and knitting from her mother and grandmother to her distinction today as a creative force in the textile and fashion world, Sandra's craft always has been characterized by imagination and quality. She continues to grow as she creates unusual and visually exciting sweaters for her clients' knitwear collections.
Sandra's innovative designs and top-quality craftsmanship have won her accolades throughout the craft and textile world. she also is the recipient of numerous awards, such as First Place for Fiber at the American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL, Second Place for Fiber at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO., First Place at the Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO., Third Place for Fiber at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO., First Place at the Lakefront Arts Festival, Milwaukee, WI., First Place for Wearable Art at the Richmond Designer Show, Richmond, VA.
About the technique
Sandra Miller's original handloom-knitted sweaters, coats and jackets are striking works of art and, at the same time, are extremely well-made. Made in the complex intarsia style on a knitting machine, each garment has a unique design.
Sandra's work reflects an innovative mix of influences. The use of asymmetrical shapes and color block combinations reveal the impact of architecture as well as artists Picasso and Miro. The variety of color combinations, textures and yarns convey aspects of an asian influence. Sandra chooses wool and linen yarns in colors ranging from subtle earth shades to jewel tones worked on a foundation of black, forming both fabric and shape with strong graphic features.
Individually chosen bead and button components of horn, glass and natural materials complement the character of each sweater. Three-dimensional rolls, knitted embellishments and accents of fabric collars and pockets are hallmarks of Sandra’s contemporary styling.
The quality of Sandra's craftsmanship is outstanding and unparalleled in the knitwear industry. Her creations are made to display beautifully and consistently in gallery, show, and boutique settings . . . and, of course, to be worn proudly and comfortably by delighted clients. Only the highest quality yarns are used in the knitwear; the garments maintain their shape and continue to look fabulous even after many wearings and cleanings. A look inside a garment reveals meticulous hand finishing. Loose yarn ends are woven in and buttons well secured.