Tag: Handmade

Fashion Friday

Summer fashion is so tricky, as you get older.  I especially need to cover my legs-scars.  So I like pants, but not capri pants, they just seem to make everyone look short and chunky, I wear them at home and always feel fat.  I do love the new wide leg crop pants that are “trendy” this year.  I have been making a similar version for years, but know maybe I can purchase a pair as well.   On the the next issure….SHOES…..

Pillows

Piles

I am loving working with black and white.

Monday here again.  Things are piling up around here.  Orders are going out and students are coming for classes.  It is going to be a busy week, but I can see a clear place after a couple more weeks of keeping my head down.  Hope to have some time to clear the air and focus on new designs and some others ideas I have on the radar.

 

 

Fashion and Fabric Friday

I love this designer Gudrun Sjoden, so colorful, comfortable and stylish.  She uses models of all types and ages and her company in “green.”  I have been working in black/white with pops of color so I love the tunic look in the top photo.The jacket below is a perfect example of Kantha style quilting.  My students are working on a piece using this technique.   I am looking at making a light coat jacket this year,  this one is a great inspiration.

Fabric Friday

My students have creating their own fabric design for a future project.  We have been using stencils but I hope to bring in some other types of print materials in the future-block and screen printing and maybe some silk direct painting.  Hand printing is very relevant in the arts and crafts world, and getting back to hand made items.  I really hope the art students today will take these new ideas and bring some change in the mass produced items that have taken over.

When we create in my design business I like to think we are making quality items that can be the there for the future-we use natural fabric and real wood.

I love these printed fabrics in photo that I found via Flickr and Found in the Fridge.

I love the combination of many different fabrics, the hand printing pulls it all together.  Does anyone have any hand printing projects out there?


 

Quilting and Teaching

In preparing for my teen sewing workshops this week, I realized I am using several quilting techniques to teach the sewing skills.  I have more of a beginner group this session and I have noticed that cutting and sewing straight and seam allowance can be tricky to get right and can make all the difference in fitting and putting final projects together.  We are going to piece together some fabric and turn it into a large tote.

I am also putting together some pattern/templates to offer here.  I have some fun ideas and hope you will enjoy.

This photo is and in process shot from a joint project I did with my friend Anne Baxter a while back.  The final art quilt was damaged in the studio fire, but some good friends still purchased it for their baby room.

Moods

The web sit crashed last week and everything was lost.  I am trying to get back in the swing of posting again.  Computers a love/hate relationship.

It is also time to plan for new designs (for spring next year), it gets a little mixed up since I am working on current items to send out while still keeping the new design ideas going.  This is a mood board I did a little while ago, and it is still a good reference for new colors and motifs.

Borders and Change

I went to “Borders” Book store this weekend, it was crazy busy.  It was also sad, the fact that it is closing and there aren’t many places like it left.  We spent a lot of time as the boys were growing up in bookstores.  I know people like the independent stores, but the Barnes and Nobel and Borders were  places you could take little boys and they would sit and look at books and we (adults) found unusual magazines and could try out books before we bought them.  It was a place to go with no pressure and they had clean restrooms and we learned things.  I bought many of my beautiful picture books I use for teaching while browsing with the boys.

It is tough to see all the limiting of choices we have today, yes I know we can find everything “online” but it is not the same as face to face interacting with others, and holding a beautiful book.

I bought some magazines, and this lovely book, at a bargain prices.

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