I’m a terrible sewer. I don’t know why it doesn’t come easy for me, at all. But, it doesn’t. It’s still important to work on things that don’t come easy; to hone a new skill, to keep trying. And so, I recently finished this Willow Tank from Grainline Studio. It’s a beginner pattern–a very basicContinue reading “sew | willow tank.”
I desperately want to get better at sewing. It never happens, mostly because I don’t have a sewing machine. And so, my mum takes me down to her studio every once in awhile to give me a lesson. But, I get lazy sometimes, and don’t want to work on my projects. I’d rather just hangContinue reading “sew | summer shirts.”
Homemade, with Pendleton wool remnants. I started working on this project and my mum finished it for me. Basically, she did almost everything–I cut out the patterns. Mostly because Pendleton wool remnants are quite hard yet for me to sew, what with my limited skills. I am so pleased with the way they came out;Continue reading “stockings | complete.”
This past Sunday, I started my first quilting project. My mum has quilted for years, though not rabidly, and I asked if she would begin to teach me this winter. My mum does all her quilting by hand–and I, too, hoped to try the same. We set out with a simple, but attainable, first project:Continue reading “basting.”
These are some of the things I’m obsessing over in my maker world, right now. From top left to right: local wool roving about to become thrums for some mittens like these ; mini sketchbooks in bright colors by clairefontaine ; cheeky rubber stamps for letters, stickers, and homemade wrapping papers ; paper thin stitchContinue reading “favorites.”
My sister sewed me this adorable little coin purse recently and since I use a man’s style wallet, I finally don’t have a sea of jingly change bouncing around the bottom of my bag anymore. Handmade gifts are the best.
I’m trying to get better at my less than desirable sewing skills. My mum helped me make this basic drawstring knitting project bag, and whilst she did most of the work, just watching her makes me feel more confident that I can make one on my own. I mean, I have made bow ties andContinue reading “project bag.”
I sewed a tie; I didn’t realize how much hand sewing was involved; there’s barely 4 machine stitched seams, a ton of ironing, and plenty of blind stitch. Still, they are easy, and I am pretty pleased with the results.
When you have a midweek holiday, why not cross stitch something up whilst in bed, but awake, quite early. Now that I’m on school schedule, I tend to rise naturally around 6 a.m. But seeing as we didn’t have work today, I thought it entirely unnecessary to get out of bed. And so I crossContinue reading “gnome, 9.24”
I really adore wearing bow ties, and it feels so satisfying when you actually made it yourself. I think this particular patterning looks smart with a bright pink collared shirt. Sewing Notes: men’s shirting style fabric; not so lightweight interfacing; 1/2 yard of each; adjust buckle; completed in 2 hours and some change.
I took a bow tie sewing class at Gather Here in Cambridge with my favorite shop owner, sewer, and teacher, Virginia Johnson, on Thursday evening. Since I’ve been wearing bow ties as part of a regular work clothing rotation and style, this class was kismet. Snaps of the finished product, forthcoming.
My Mum, even the inspirational genius, knew I wanted a colorful runner to add some spice to my otherwise bland dining table, and so set about sewing me this gorgeous one. It’s perfect with my potted succulents or provides some bi-polarity to my cast iron, conservative candlesticks, which I adore. The reverse side is aContinue reading “gifted to me: hand sewn table runner.”