Monday, August 24, 2015

catching butterflies

This pattern, yes! It's good. The knitting is pure pleasure, not too boring, doesn't take forever! The mitts are lovely and my daughter is trying to steal them from me which means they will need to be knit again. That makes a accessory pattern great in my mind, when you want to knit it more then once.

Catching Butterflies: pattern by Tiny Owl Knits
Yarn: Quince and Co. Tern in Stonington

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

hand sewing with natural dyed fabrics

Over the winter, I got a package in the mail with natural dyed fabrics: silk & linen as well as embroidery thread, a brooch pin and a few beads. It was part of a project called 'little moments creative' put together by Ellie from petal plum. Yesterday seemed like the perfect day for it and it was. A quiet, meditative project with no thinking involved and so, I just cut and hand sewed making simple shapes and lines. It was so relaxing on what was such a hot day. I've still got more pieces left to play with and I'm debating on choices. I could make a mobile or a wall hanging pinned inside a frame and maybe a few little brooches.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

paper poppy, dip dyed tissue paper

I've developed  a renewed interest in paper flower making. Here is some crepe paper flowers I made a few years back. I dip dyed some tissue paper with bleach following directions from this beautiful book by Livia Cetti. This poppy was one of the designs in the book. I also have this one. I've got load of colors of crepe paper as well and am looking forward to trying out some more designs.

susanne by citronelle

I had been missing my sewing room the past few weeks and with a few hours over a couple days I remedied the situation. I first sewed a sweet soft doll similar to one I had seen online and liked a lot. I used cotton muslin, embroidery thread, wool and Liberty of London quilting cotton.

Then, I wanted to sew a dress and I saw I had enough of one of all my time favorite prints, Betsy, by Liberty of London to make a tunic using the pattern Susanne by Citronelle. I also made it last year and was so happy with it. I did sew it wrong once first...not sure where my brain was and it came out like it would fit a doll. Ha! So funny how little errors and bam! a girls dress could be a dolls dress- should have shown a photo of that. Scarlet saw it and immediately wanted to put it on and take photos. What can I say? The seven year old gets me :) I'm just so in love with this print!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

garden flowers

Black eyed Susan, phlox, nasturtium, zinnia, cosmos, chamomile, wildflowers

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

hudson, ny

A few hours in Hudson, NY. I wish we had more! So much different then the last time I visited though that may have been 12 years ago. Photos from some great shops we browsed and others we walked by. The antiquing there is a dream!

Monday, August 3, 2015

gypsy garden hat and matching little purse

Knit in a day, a hat made with Knit Collage yarn and with the leftovers a little matching shoulder bag.