About

Photo of Irina Stepanova

Hello! I’m Irina, a designer and artist, living and creating in beautiful Maryland. The Oak Lane Cottage was named after an old brick house I used to live in. It was a sunny and peaceful home, a refuge of sorts, where I could have some quiet time to design, stitch and lose myself in the world of vintage embroidery and textiles.

I grew up in Russia around fabrics and sewing, but I didn’t embroider until I found a suitcase with my mom’s and grandmother’s linens and whitework. I learned how to stitch, and haven’t stopped since.

I love antiques and old textiles, and some of my patterns are based on antique designs. My original patterns are inspired by travel, nature and our cultural heritage. My hand embroidery kits are often made with a mix of antique, vintage and modern supplies, making your finished work truly one of a kind.

Thank you for stopping by!