Elaine Dimino / Gift Boxes by Elaine
misc / mixed media
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Elaine Dimino’s love of fabric crafts began in childhood when she would accompany her mother on frequent trips to the fabric store with visions of new outfits dancing in her head.
She was a nurse in a busy Philadelphia hospital for many years. Seeking a respite from her demanding job, she pulled out the fabric and accessories she inherited from her grandmother and began creating beautiful gift boxes. Her gift boxes are covered on the outside and inside with a variety of fabric designs. They’re great for storing treasured mementos, jewelry, accessories, stationery and more.
Her craft business has always been a family affair. For many years her mother, Gloria, worked with her helping her choose the right fabrics and accessories for the boxes and accompanying her to shows. Her father would drive her mother to many fabric stores in upstate New York looking for suitable fabrics. Her sister, Ann Marie, maintains her website and writes the product descriptions.
Elaine works out of her home in Philadelphia surrounded by the trimmings of a fabric craft business. She loves hearing how shoppers at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals use her boxes for gifts and for themselves.