sew | willow tank.

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.”

sew | summer shirts.

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.”

stockings | complete.

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.”

basting.

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.”

favorites.

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.”

finished bow tie, 2.10

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.  

gifted to me: hand sewn table runner.

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.”