Who doesn’t wish they had toys like this as kids? Here are Madame Sow and her nursing piglets, posing for a family shot. They are soft and fluffy, Mrs. Sow serves as a bouncy pillow, and – best of all – Mrs Sow is a birthing and lactating pig.
When I saw this pattern from Continue reading Pig and piglets
Here is a design of my own, for a project I finished in sunny August. It was a birthday present for an amazingly athletic woman. This is an example to show that it only takes a basic knowledge of freehand embroidery and a simple design, to turn a creative idea into a product that feels personalized and looks great.
The fabric is plain muslin, and the hoop serves as a frame so the final place can be hung up on a wall. Continue reading Embroidered cyclist
This project certainly wins the medal for being the one longest deferred – almost two years! I had started it in mid 2012, before I had much experience with embroidery. The idea was to embroider a pillowcase with a sweet Japanese haiku. In this case, I had selected
Under the moonlit sakura
A butterfly dances
Continue reading Embroidered haiku pillow
For those of us who haven’t grown up with crafting traditions among friends or family, the idea of picking a craft sounds exciting but daunting. The blogosphere abounds with beautiful, inspiring examples of crafting, including sewing, embroidery, and toy-making. Wouldn’t it be lovely to personalize your space, make your clothes, make handmade things for the people you care about? But how to justify the initial investment of time and money, if the craft may not stick, or life will takes over?
In this two-part post, I discuss:
- Part 1 (this post): strategies to find a craft that may be best matched for your interests and lifestyle, and how to give yourself a good start.
- Part 2: How to turn the craft you have chosen from a fling into something you regularly do.
Continue reading Crafts: Pick ’em and stick to ’em through a busy life – Part 1
Here is my first attempt at a skirt ; a staple for those lovely, warm days (when we chance to get them in Toronto). I find the pleats a very graceful way to add structure and flair to the skirt. Finished this in about a month, working on it in an extremely interrupted month of May. There were a number of new concepts for me with this project:
Continue reading Pleated knee-length skirt – Butterick B5613