Saturday, December 5, 2009
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Textiles, buttons and other notions from Charm Stitch and hand-stitched goods by Mira & Westie.
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
UPDATE: Oh Darn! The baby has had a hospital mandated delay. Our services were cancelled. In the meantime, I'm trying everything possible to hurry her along.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Repeat Studio of Canada will be the newest addition to the Charm Stitch shop. Hoping for a bit more of a website within the coming weeks to allow for easy purchasing. In the meantime, please get in touch if you would like to arrange a local pick-up or delivery of something you see on the site.
These fat quarters are special because:
The whimsical designs are completely unique, by way of color choices and pattern. Repeat Studio hand prints their fabrics with water-based, solvent-free inks. The fabrics are either organic or eco friendly and are washable. Everyone should have at least two!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I have a big decision to make later this week... the baby is scheduled for delivery on the 19th but unfortunately the doctor is out of town till then so I won't be consulting directly with her. If I reschedule with someone else, it might not be till after the 22nd - which means a SCORPIO could be in our midst. Having had the not-so-pleasant experience before, I don't think I can live with a stinging scorpio (unless girls are different from boys??). On the other hand, a fair Libra would offer lots of balance to the household. So you see, lots to think about!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Next up: zippers and Gutermann thread.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
We started with linen, I sewed the napkins, Mary printed the darling apples overnight, and then I came back to hand embroider the seeds and little running stitches. It took hours and hours because we made 8 and two cocktail napkins. Thanks to Sublime Stitching, I learned some new embroidery techniques, beyond the lazy daisy & french knots I picked up in the Modern Trousseau class with Heather Ross over the summer. Hopefully I'll be posting a photo from the magazine in a couple of months! And if so, I can take orders and fulfill them at the Charm Stitch Trunk Show this December. Woo hoo.
Please excuse the photo! It was late, available lighting, and I was in a dreadful hurry.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Originally uploaded by charm stitch
About a month ago I created one of these for Shelley's birthday. Referencing some of the directions for the pencil case in Simple Sewing with a French Twist I have made and remade these so that I have come up with my own method that avoids hand-stitching. Not bad for someone formerly afraid of anything that needed a zipper foot on her sewing machine. I hope to keep refining these so that I can put them on my Mira & Westie etsy shop, just as soon as I get my new logo.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Since Friday night I have completed two kimono projects for baby G. I've got a massive to do list to complete in just 8 weeks, and a suspicion that G could arrive earlier than expected. I'm waiting on two Olympus fabric bolts, one of greenish yellow polka dots and the other peachy pink with white and black vines. So sweet. Should arrive this week from Japan!
- Quilt (pieced... ready to baste, mark, quilt & bind)
- a) frog prince print/weekend sewing (done! and modified with a french seam) with bloomers
- b) unicorns & snails/amy butler little stitches (done!)
- c) olympus kimono's (oliver + S pattern) 1 done!
- d) my own pattern
- Coordinating Oliver + S Tea Party Dresses
- a) sizes 0-3 & 2t
- b) sizes 6-12 & 3T
- Burp Cloths done!
- Mira's Mermaid Quilt (quilt & bind) done!
- Oliver + S 2 + 2 Jean skirt for Mira to match the shirt done, but too big.
- Oliver + S Sunday Brunch A-line skirt (cordoury)
- Oliver + S School Days Jacket (pattern out September 8!) in wool
- Mira's Curtains with Nani Iro fabric and pompoms (expected end of September)
- "Shelley" zipper pouches 3 down!
- "Karen's Sunshine Cafe Aprons" 2 down, 3 prepped.
- Kid totes 1 done, 1 prepped
- Simple Quilts (1 down, 4 to go!)
- 75 Burp Cloths
Monday, August 24, 2009
Started this quilt in May and finished the binding at the beach last week. I used the Denyse Schmidt "A Day at the Beach" pattern for the front and improvised a hot pink stripe on the back.
Fully intending this to be used all summer long with our CSA goodies... it really hasn't been that kind of summer. Planning to surprise E with a picnic later this week.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Originally uploaded by llculverwell
Moving Mira to our guest room means we will need to replace the ugly white ceiling fan that's been hanging around. I've been looking high and low for chandelier options. While I love the multi-colored one from Urbs, it is now on backorder through September. Too late! I found a black version for $63, and that may do. I think I'd prefer white.. still searching.
If we go the handmade route, I think I'd like to do something like this... from the Varvatos store in Soho. Gotta find out where to get some globes like this though.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Apple's new bookmark Top Sites feature makes it easy to catch up on my favorite blogs. I had really gotten behind with my time wasting "research." I have so many bookmarks poorly organized and stashed in folders called "sewing," "misc" and "untitled" that it is impossible to keep up with prolific posters. Now I can store my favorites within a quick, visual framework that even *stars* new postings. It's just too easy!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
For the last year or so I have really wanted to try silk screening. An easier method (aside from resist painting a silk screen) appeared to be lithography. I have been referencing Lotta Jansdotter's book on printmaking, which is truly a lot of fun and the hippo above was my first actual attempt. I had been hoping to do it on fabric for the bag mentioned a couple posts down. But the hippo did not take very well on the textured ikea fabric... nor did I ever find the white I had hoped to strike the wine colored lining with. It actually looked best on this paper.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Latest Translation... The Fuukei Pianika Bag from NaniIRO's 2009 pattern line featured on their website.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Originally uploaded by llculverwell
I've had these fabrics for about a month. I had planned to make a ruched sundress with the polka dots and napkins with the stripes and prints. The elastic thread escapade prevented me from continuing the polka dot massacre.
About a week ago, I began toying with the idea of combining the yellow swirlies with the stripes as a cafe apron. I was lucky enough to have some super-wide tangerine cotton twill tape from a recent voyage to Spool Sewing in Philly. It was perfectly suited for this combination.
Once the orange was in place, I couldn't stop thinking about my friend Karen. I think she loves orange as much as I do and she might be the only other person I know that will appreciate this strange combination of Amy Butler fabrics.
It was pretty easy, though time consuming when you toss in folding laundry and winging it. I had scribbled some instructions so I could test my tutorial drafting skills. I plan to post my first one over at CharmStitch.com pretty soon. Let me know if you're interested!
In preparation for Olivia's second birthday party tomorrow, I decided to make her a skirt from Oliver + S. This is a free pattern found on their website. It's so easy, takes under an hour... especially the second time around. My favorite part is the genius concealed hem under the ribbon detail.
I had the blush colored fabric leftover from Mira's Stacked Coins quilt front (still working on it). I adore it with the black and white ribbon. And think Mira may be getting a duplicate very soon.
Upon completion I thought this would be an even better gift if paired with a "matching" t-shirt. After three stops I finally found this white tank at Old Navy. It took exactly four minutes to add the ribbon detail to the tank sleeves.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
June 29 marked the arrival of my first catalog. NaniIRO, oh it's fabulous. The best part about the marketing materials are the images showing projects made with the remarkable fabrics. At first I was thinking, yeah, that's cute but I like these two... and that's it. Then I saw the way the abstract lines and patterns could be laid out to showcase the simplicity and now I want to have just about everything.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Originally uploaded by llculverwell
On Tuesday I was able to take the Modern Trousseau class at Purl Patchwork with Heather Ross. Woohoo, right?! It was a fun two hour introduction to the lazy daisy chain stitch and some french knots. I came with no embroidery experience and left with a partially finished "L" monogram. Today I was able to do a dainty little napkin with our "B." Eric declared it too flowery for his taste but I have already determined that I will complete a set for us. I'm thinking of using a different font for each napkin.
I've really started to love having more than one kind of project to work on. I have quilts, burp cloths, dresses and now, monogramed napkins & kitchen towels to work on. Raise your hand if you want one for Christmas. I'm addicted!
Friday, June 12, 2009
I'm thinking that the next verision should have a little tie, or use some hooks on the inside for key straps... something snazzy like that.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I am officially almost official. I am starting my own business. Just waiting for state approval of my "articles of organization" and then I get the FEIN number... the tax traders license... and then I shall be buying wholesale and making the most out of my time and self. All this before baby number two in October. I have serious work to do! And I think by November I'll realize how crazy I was this month.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
These are the bags I made.. I really like the fabric and zipper colors. The pattern was from the weekend sewing book (of course!) and by the time I got to the second one I had decided the inside pockets needed restructuring and that the bag was too big not to have a handle somewhere. I was mildly certain that the first bag (on the left) needed more structure, but after I added the interfacing to the second bag I started liking the floppy nature of piggy brown.