Embarked today on a retreat with a coven of crafty ladies I’ve been meeting with monthly for the last few years about our creative small businesses. Excited to spend some quality time crafting, relaxing, cooking, and discussing the important stuff.🧡✨
Just picked up this gorgeous fabric custom dyed by the fabulous @craftworksomerville for my upcoming collection. She achieved this beautiful lilac gray using foraged sumac and a dip in iron water made from rusty bits found around Somerville MA. #naturaldye#foraged#diy#slowfashion
I just wrapped up a week long pants making workshop and I think I said the word ‘crotch’ more times this week than in my whole life this far. 😂 Thanks to a wonderful group of students for lots of laughter, hard work, and crotch jokes a plenty 🧡👏
Today I wore my ‘shibori’ (well, crumpled artfully into a ball and tied up with string) dress I dyed in a recent class at @craftworksomerville . This was an old white linen dress I bought second hand and rarely wore because I’m so prone to stains and it was very sheer. Glad I got to indigo dip it and make it (very!) wearable again. I love it 👍💙✨ #naturaldye#thriftstorefinds#upcycled
Having a super fun time with my students in my custom fit pants workshop this week! Today they copied their freshly drafted patterns onto muslin for a test fit. One of my students had the awesome idea to use pink muslin to keep things interesting (plus it’s her favorite color!💖)
Had an amazing time dyeing with indigo today at @craftworksomerville ! I dyed a piece of silk noil using a shibori resist technique, along with a few other pieces (including items for the clothing collection I’m working on). We dyed using three different types of vats and learned all about the process. So magical and met some lovely people too!✨💙🌿 More snaps in my stories!
This little stack of undyed fabric is headed for the wash, then the indigo vat! Really excited to take a workshop @craftworksomerville this weekend! This is another step in a big project I’m working on for the fall (along with the felt and the weaving I’ve been sharing)
I’ve spent the last two days on the computer making handouts for an upcoming custom pants workshop. So here’s a flower!
...(swipe to see a screenshot of the in progress handouts if you’re interested... trouser, jeans, and slacks patterns are layered in that pic- just for fun - but they all went on to become their own handouts after some tweaks and edits).
Made a little more progress on my scrap woven textile. It’s been fun rooting through my scraps for different color combinations and fabric types. Cutting the strips is a little bit tedious but it’s worth it 😅 #scrapbusting#recycledtextiles#weaving
This morning I realized I didn’t have a white shirt, which I needed for my ‘uniform’ to help @thistleandbonefloral set up floral arrangements at a wedding today. Perfect opportunity for an impromptu morning sewing sesh, which was quite refreshing.
I used a pattern I’ve been working on for an upcoming project and some white batiste I found in my stash. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out and also that a pattern I designed for knits works quite well in lightweight wovens. Here’s hoping I don’t spill something on it in the next 4 hours 🤞😅💐
Cabin paper patterns are back in stock at last and packed full of fresh updates! Learn more on the blog (link in profile 👆)
If you already own a cabin paper pattern and would like the updated PDF, I’m offering it free of charge until 7/26! Just follow the link in my profile to learn more.
Do you ever go on historical house tours? I love them. I’ve been to all sorts, from epic gilded age mansions to one room cabins. What’s your favorite historical house you’ve toured?
(This weekend I visited #thebreakers in Newport RI. The second picture is from Plimoth Plantation last fall)
I finished my bathing suit and wore it in a pond. It didn’t quite work out the way I planned -the placement of the piping ended up a bit high and I ran out of elastic for the leg openings - but it’s relatively comfortable and I had fun making it, so I’m calling it a win! ⚪️⚫️🔴🌊