Tag: sewing

Nautical Stitching

Nautical Stitching

I had a wonky little scrap of antique linen, so I made a peculiar little nautical needle book.

Stitching has become calming and meditative for me.  I seem to be turning to it more and more.

I worry that over time my stitching will become too practices and regular, when what I love is the Wabi Sabi, Come as it May process.

Bee on the Farm at Dandelion Spring

Bee on the Farm at Dandelion Spring

Knitters, quilters, hookers, and other hand-workers of all sorts and skill levels–come gather in the bucolic setting of Dandelion Spring and Straw Farm in Newcastle, Maine.   Join us for an afternoon of companionship, laughter, and progress on all your UFO’s surrounded by the fields, animals, busy farmers, and an abundant farm stand.   While this is not a class, I’m happy to answer questions to the best of my ability—dabbler as I am in many things…  And truly the best thing about a bee is the community and shared creativity.  It is a time to be inspired by and to both learn from and teach each other.

Craigslist for Fiber Fanciers

Craigslist:  Love.  It.  How was the grammar there?  Never mind.

Flea market junkies, bargain hunters, cheapskates–ahem, Frugal Yankees—that we are, CL is a haven.  We’ve found sofas and antiques and cars, but it is also just the ripest picking ground for fiber lovers.  I’ve bought and sold yarn, found rug hooking tools and supplies, and discovered vintage books of technique and design to die for.  And my latest discovery??  Vintage Indonesian batik sarongs.  Gorgeous.  The design wheels are turning…  What to do?  What to do?

Sarongs and more. Design candy.

To Topstitch or Not to Topstitch?

That is the question I threw out to the FB gang the other night.  Sometimes I think topstitching adds a nice professional finish, but other times I think it just makes the thing look cheap.  The project that had thrown me into such philosophical woes was my Petite Reversible Market Tote.  Would it be more polished with the right color stitching neatly wending its way about the edges or would the whole thing just get fussy?  In the end, I decided on a compromise.  Neat rows of stitching on the top handle reinforcement areas and let the rest of the bag stand on its own.  I’ve just listed it here and here, if you’d like to take a peek.

Petite Reversible Market Tote
Reversible Petite Market Tote