July 2, 2013
I posted an image of my indigo resist fabric last week and this week it’s a Scout Tee! This is my second Scout but it will be the first one I wear since that one is still boring, undyed muslin. I’m planning to use natural dyes (either madder or cutch) but I don’t quite have everything I need for that yet so that is on the back burner.
This past long weekend I took a much needed break from life so there wasn’t any sewing going on. However, I picked up where I left off last week & got it done today! I’m very pleased with how it turned out. The fit and drape are beautiful! I used french seams throughout (so cleannnn!) and finished the neckline with a contrasting bias. The bias is some leftover rayon I dyed with cutch last fall. It’s a sort of peachy skin tone colour which goes so well with the indigo, I think! The fabric pattern was done using a couple applications of inko resist and multiple dips in indigo.
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June 28, 2013
Well, school has wrapped up once more & I’m writing a blog post! Does anyone read this? Anyway, I’ve been obsessed with sewing since my Fashion Construction class. During the class we did several samples of various seam finishes, pleats, zipper styles & button holes! I was so thankful to find out buttonholes aren’t the nightmare I’d been imagining. I even got my buttonholer on my machine going in just a few minutes. We also made an oxford button up and an a-line skirt. Those were two great projects to help applying things like waistbands, sleeves, collars. I would never have attempted those one my own without an instructor! (That’s just me. I encourage all to try!) For the final project I made a simple black top and a little dress.
I have been collecting my projects on Kollabora. The photos I originally took for the site were on my phone & pretty terrible. I’m fixing those up but it’s constantly rainy here so that’s a slow process. I really love Kollabora though. I can’t stop looking at all the projects! I love seeing other peoples variations of patterns I’ve made and finding new ones is so fun.
The photo above shows some rayon I resisted with inko and dyed in indigo. I had made a scarf of it for the sake of the class it was for but never wore it. I took apart the scarf & sewed it back together. Now it’s being made into a Scout tee. I’m very closed to finished & I can’t wait to share.
As for my summer plans, I’ll mostly be working toward my final show. I’m working on my application now & the show will be in the Fall sometime. I mostly have weaving to do and I still need to make some display plinths. I’ll keep the blog updated with my progress on that as well as my sewing adventures. I really never thought I’d love sewing so much!
March 31, 2013
I’m dying. I just luckily stumbled on this amazing weaver, Amy Revier. She’s making the nicest, softest on the eyes clothing I’ve seen in ever. She weaves all her fabrics by hand. I’ll let the images do the talking.
January 21, 2013
Finally. I’ve done it. My new shop will be opening Friday January 25th! Items will ship on or before February 16th. Probably before. Also, here’s a little treat, 10% off with the coupon code GRANDOPENING. Support a weaver!
December 16, 2012
Now that school is over I’m putting all my effort into a little textiles online shop. I guess this is a bit of a sneak peak. I hope to get it going before I take off to Hamilton for Christmas! Eep!
August 30, 2012
Last weekend was a great one. Nick, myself & another couple drove up to PEI for the weekend. We Stayed in a cottage near Cornwall, PEI which is on the south shore. We would drive up to the north shore for some swimming at various beaches but my favourite was Cavendish Beach. So beautiful. It reminded me a lot of The Pinery on Lake Huron in Ontario. Nice white sands, blue water & dunes! I am a major sucker for dunes. The red dirt was awesome. How could dirt be awesome?! I don’t know, it was pretty bright red though. I don’t want to wear my sneakers ever again because the bottoms of them are red still. Also, I am currently kicking myself for not finding a PEI Dirt Shirt.
We took the ferry over from Caribou, NS to Wood Islands, PEI. The first trip over was pretty windy so we mostly stayed inside & ate our Cow’s ice cream. The ride back was very calm & warm though. We saw what was probably a porpoise & a small whale! Very cool. My first sightings. I really hope to get back there sometime but it looks like next summer we might head up to Newfoundland! Yikes.
I did take some film pictures but I have to get them developed still. I’ll be posting those up later. For now, deal with my repetitive Instagram photos!
August 17, 2012
I’ve been pillow obsessed for the past few weeks while I was working on my Independent Study for school. I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out too!
July 27, 2012
Much has happened since I last wrote. Mum came for a week long visit to Halifax. Then we flew back to Hamilton together & I stayed for two weeks. I had my 26th birthday on the 23rd (I’ll never have a golden birthday again. I miss it!). Sorry about all the Instagram photos but I haven’t had any film developed yet. I’ve also been pretty lazy about that but I think I’ll just look at it as being more selective.
While I was in Hamilton I got to make a Wiksten dress with my old friend Liz of Needlework. We also had the best waffles ever at Cannon.
Looked through old photos with my Uncle. Both my Grandparents are gone now so he’s going through their stuff. He’s found a lot of old photos of him & my mum that I had no idea existed.
Scored some goodies at Cheapies. Bill Callahan & Washed Out.
Had some pool time on the hottest day of the year with Christine. We also hit Wonderland together & rode Leviathan three times!
Went to the most amazing store with mum & also to her friends alpaca farm! I met one named Obie & I bought some of his yarn. So cute.
I woke up each morning at my best girl’s house with a good Hamilton view. We ate a lot of popsicles, listened to records & watched Arrested Development.
Dad & my step mum took me to Toronto to see the Picasso exhibit at the AGO. There were so many rooms full of his work. Very amazing.
Then I left & came back to Halifax. Since I’ve been back I’ve been working hard on my Independent Study for textiles. I’m working on a series of pillows! I’ll be done August 15th. Then I can have some real stress free times before classes start again in September.
One more thing. I know I’ve been going off about this for a few days on Twitter but I’m very excited. We finally got ourselfs a turntable, amp & the cutest speakers for our living room. We have had records & have been buying records but with nothing to play them on for so long. I’m just listening constantly now.
June 25, 2012
My good friend Tara-Lynn of Good Night, Day was kind enough to send me one of her new knitting pattern booklets. She’s really blown me away with this project. The photos are all so beautiful, the instructions are very clear, even for a novice knitter like myself. Tara-Lynn’s patterns are all completely thought up by herself & are cleverly designed to be as painless as possible. Hardly any piecing or seaming to worry about, you can just knit away & you’ll have a new garment in no time. Unfortunatly by the time the package arrived she’s sold out! Thanks for that, oh so slow Canada Post. However, she’s making more copies! I suggest you go here & sign up for her mailing list so you can get your hands on one.
June 15, 2012
A very long time ago (January 2012) Cole Bentz of Students That Make contacted me for an interview for her amazing website. After so much time sucking on my part it’s finally up on the website! I never feel totally confident about interviews so I spent a lot of time on this, even still. I hope I don’t come off as too much or too little of anything… & if I do, I didn’t mean to! Anyway, I hope you all enjoy. There are interviews with other awesome artists (including an amazing weaver!) & more on the way so be sure to check them out.