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Teresa Kogut

Teresa Kogut

All through my childhood I dreamed of becoming an artist. I’m grateful to be living out that dream with the support and encouragement of my family and friends.

I became a full time artist in 1992. The desire to start a family and work from home was the driving force in my decision to quit my job and start my own business. We founded Primitive Folk, Inc. in 1994 and sold my framed watercolor prints to gift shops across the nation which led me to licensing my art in 1997.

Years later while attending quilt market, I discovered and fell in love with punch needle embroidery. In 2005 I attended my first wholesale show selling punch needle and cross stitch patterns to needlework shops which is the bulk of the business now. I also offer online tutorials teaching punch needle and painting.

I married my best friend, Kevin, in 1988. He has supported my creative endeavors every step of the way. He helped me build Primitive Folk back in the 90s and just recently retired from the sheet metal building trade to come work with me full time at Teresa Kogut’s Creative Whims, Inc. We’ve raised three amazing children together and we’re thrilled to be grandparents to Ellery and Easton who we watch every Thursday.

We made our home in Michigan and are grateful for our little piece of heaven on earth. The studio overlooks our pond which attracts deer, wild turkeys, herons and a host of other little critters.

I have much gratitude to all of the customers, licensees and shop owners who have supported my work throughout the years. Thank you for making my dream come true!