We had such a good time at my last Faux Bois stitched pillow class that we decided to offer it one more time. Taught at Drygoods Design's beautiful Make Do Mend studio on June 14th from 12:00-3:30 pm, details and sign ups are here. Come and spend the afternoon in this beautiful space sewing with us, and have a beautiful new pillow to take home.
Sometimes I get really excited about things. Like this. This newest quilt has been in the works for several weeks. I finished it a couple of weeks ago (all the while, sharing peeks on instagram), but panicked when I realized I was running out of the Carolin Chambray shade (Oregano). A frantic search led to plenty to finish.
I have been inspired by both blues and neutrals these days. Well, I've always been inspired by blue, but the neutral part only came into play recently. It surprised me. But I wanted to make a quilt totally different in color than what I'd been thinking about, so at the very second I started to cut into fabric, I completely halted and switched gears and the result is what you see here. Hammerhead. Swirling star shapes, inspired by patterned tile floors. It was a fun quilt to experiment in stretching the yardage of those favorite prints by playing with removing some color. But not by bleaching. The full instructions will be in the pattern for this quilt, which is in the works and will be released in the next couple of weeks. (Just a reminder, when you sign up for my newsletter you'll get an email when it and other new things are ready and in the shop.) The photos above were taken on our friend's new boat last Friday. Seattle had a beautiful sunset that day!
Also, I've just added a new batch of Dresden plate pillows to the shop (my favorite green one pictured above). I used some gorgeous African Wax print fabric I have. And by the way, speaking of my online shop, I'm in the process of moving everything that was in my Big Cartel shop over into my Etsy shop. That will be my permanent shop home. Why am I doing this? After some thought and listening to this great After The Jump podcast, I am really impressed with what Etsy is doing, so I decided that's where I want to be.
I won't tell you there were big events or earth-shattering types of happenings that prevented me from blogging these past couple of weeks. I could. But I won't. Instead, I will come clean and say that in addition to several of the aforementioned documentaries (which, it was his birthday), there were other unforeseen obstacles in my way, such as-
My kids seemed to be earning extra Minecraft time on my computer at every turn. (No photographic evidence, but trust me, this Minecraft stuff is REAL.)
There were some really exciting finishes happening in the studio that I have been more than happy to get lost in.
Like the quilt above, from Joelle Hoverson's book Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. I made this for Jenny. She had seen it in the book and loved it. I surprised her with my version, which will soon go to live in New Mexico, I'm told.
I may have to make one for myself now.
When I would sit down to write a new post, I'd click over to my blog and see that sweet bird dolly quilt, remember how much I liked it, and decide to leave well enough alone.
The pre-Memorial Day gigantic clean-a-thon that the entire Wise Craft household took part in. Every corner dusted, sorted, vacuumed, and mopped. (I haven't slept that well in a long time.)
But all this to say, I'm here! Although I'm usually over here more these days. Hope you all are up to something great today!
You know, I could really get used to hand applique. Honestly I didn't think it was for me, but I think I stand corrected, it's much less intimidating than I original thought.
This is a little bird quilt inspired by a project in Sarah Fielke's book Quilting From Little Things. Lately I'm feeling the urge to make a new quilt for our bed, which might have some hand applique, so this little bird is good practice. I think I'm ready to try another one soon.
There is a collection of these mini-quilts amassing in my studio, may need to find some wall space.
Have you been thinking about what project you'd like to make for the #wisecrafthandmade contest yet? I thought it might be fun to talk about some of the different types of handcrafts throughout the book during the contest. Today, let's talk about crochet.
I love to crochet, and since learning a few years ago, I really prefer it to knitting. One of the crochet projects in the book is a small bag project in the Spring section. This bag was taylor-made for my family of collectors. Crocheted with an open, mesh-type stitch pattern that holds the shells and rocks we collect at the beach, but allows the sand to sift through the weave of the bag. Pretty cool, right?
I worked on a remake of this bag. Same bag, but in a bigger size, just for kicks (or maybe for more shells and rocks?). I'm thinking it could be a great bag for carrying all kinds of things with me. The yarn color I picked for this bag is straight from the summer color palette of my book. I love this pink so much! But it is terribly hard to photograph! (The yarn is Maxima).
For now, anyway, I couldn't resist putting all my crochet stones in it.
Let me know if there are specific projects you're interesting in having me discuss by emailing me at email@example.com.
I have a DIY project up over at the Creativebug website today! Add a simple oven baked clay top to all kinds of small sake cups and dessert glasses to create a lovely table arrangement for Mother's Day, or any time of year, with just a few stems from the market.
Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps interviewed both myself and Kari Chapin for her most recent podcast, officially available today over on Itunes. Abby is a great interviewer, have a listen! I love listening to podcasts while I'm working in my studio (although I don't know if I can bear to listen to myself!). FYI, Kari is teaching a 3 day FREE "Start a Handmade Business" class on CreativeLive on June 2, 3, and 4th. You really should sign up.
And the one thing happening tomorrow, May 6th-
Starting at 7:00 at the Lake Forest Park location of Third Place Books I will be the guest of Seattle Handmade's Craft-Along book club! Formerly EtsyRain, run by the talented Marlo Miyashiro, this group meets monthly and talks craft books and creative projects. I will be bringing projects from my book and discussing all sorts of crafty inspiration. Read all about it here. Reserve your spot on their site!
Update 5/13/14- Giveaway is closed and winner has been notified. Thank you to all who entered!
I'm pretty picky these days about any giveaways I do here on the blog, but sometimes I make exceptions. Like today! Today I am telling you about Creativebug. Online learning is the newest and most exciting way I've ventured out of my comfort zone and tried new things in a very long time, and Creativebug offers hundred's of project classes- one class equals one project type format, short and sweet. However, recently they have begun offering more in depth classes, which span 4 weeks, but still at the same watch when you want and at your own pace.
My friend Susan Beal is teaching their newest 4 week class, beginning on May 6, and it's all about log cabin quilting.
There are so many creative projects in store for this class, I can't wait to take it! Susan and Creativebug are graciously offering a 3 month membership to one lucky wise craft reader. Through your membership, you will have unlimited access to not only Susan's class, but the hundreds of other classes on their site. Just leave a comment on this post to be eligible to win.
Today I am launching a pretty fabulous contest for my book. The #wisecrafthandmade pinterest (and beyond) contest!
I'm so excited to finally announce this contest! I wanted to create a fun, crafty call to action for all of you who are thinking you might, maybe, possibly, may be inspired to make something from my book. Well, now is the time! Pull up those sleeves and get making!
How the #wisecrafthandmade contest works:
* Make any project from my book, Wise Craft. It can be made following my instructions, or you can feel free to use the my projects as a jumping off point for your own creative endeavor. As an example, don't need a small crocheted gathering bag, but need a larger carryall, go for it, I'd love to see it! Your project doesn't have to be exactly as the ones in the book, just inspired by. You're the creative director!
* Take a pretty picture of your finished project and post it on your Pinterest board, on the Wise Craft Facebook page, and/or on your Instagram feed. (You can post it in all these places!)
* Important: Be sure to tag every project entry with #wisecrafthandmade.
* Optional- "like" wise craft on Facebook, follow me on Instagram (again, tagged #wisecrafthandmade) and follow me on Pinterest for additional chances to win- let me know in the comment section below this post all the places that you have entered. The same project can be entered in all these places.
I will be following along and sharing projects randomly from pinterest, facebook, Instagram, etc, to keep us all motivated!
* If you make more than one project inspired by the book, by all means, enter it for an additional chance to win!
* In you comment below, remember to let me know where to find your project image, all the different ways you've entered, with a way to contact you.
* The winner will be selected by random number generator and announced on August 4th here on the blog.
* There is no purchase necessary for this contest. Borrow the book from a friend or check it out from the library, doesn't matter.
* Your entry must be pinned by midnight Pacific Time on July 31, no later!
* This contest is open to the US only!
The winner will receive:
- A quilt made by me. This is my disappearing 9 patch quilt, measuring 56" x 48" (a great size for a throw or a crib). Made of cotton fabrics from Denyse Schmidt's "Florence" fabric collection. You can read more details about this quilt here. I just love the way this quilt turned out, the colors are lively and fun. I would only part with it if I knew a fellow handmaker was getting it.
- A one year subscription to Sweet Paul Magazine. My favorite magazine right now for beautiful, very doable crafts and recipes. I just love Sweet Paul!
- A fabulous selection of books from my publisher, Running Press, including a copy of mine, in case you don't already have it.
- Some other crafty surprises from me.
Consider it a big ol' box of wonderful arriving at your door.
Be sure and let me know here in the comments as you post your entries. I can't wait to see what you do!
Last week I accidentally splattered oil from a new jar of almond butter on this shirt. It's been a favorite of mine for about 2 years (bought on sale at Anthropologie). I tried all the tricks I'd learned in my college Textile Science classes, but it still had a slight yellow tinge across the front. Not easily visible in this photo, but it's there.
I thought I would try dyeing it, still fresh off the success of my first dyeing adventure. My main concern was getting the color consistent across the shirt, I didn't want it to be splotchy, dyeing in a bucket/dye bath requires stirring and manipulating the fabric around in the dye bath so that all the areas have good exposure to the dye. If I were doing it in the washing machine, with a storebought dye, this would have not been a problem, but I really wanted to create the color myself. I set up my dye station in our basement, and used Cerulean Blue with a teeny tiny bit of New Black to create the color (the black really adds depth to the color, which was very bright without it).
I am so please with how it turned out. It's a different shirt now, because the lace trim didn't dye, but it's now back to it's perfectly useful life! I love the idea of extending and updating my wardrobe like this. Maybe have to do some more experimenting.
I have a REALLY big announcement tomorrow! Check back!
Author of Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love