Archives for the ‘Crafting for Myself’ Category

spinning

I’ve always been a bit of a fiber junkie. I love it all: thread, fabric and yarn. I tried my hand at spinning back in 2010, but I just didn’t have the time to devote to it, and it got pushed to the “someday” file. One day recently I was ordering some wool batting for [...]

on simplicity

I choose a simple life. Today my goal was to make candles, and I did. Sweet beeswax candles are one of my favorite things in the world. Apparently I’m fairly predictable on this candlemaking thing. It’s ironic that I live in the midst of a busy downtown neighborhood. Cars whiz past our house all day [...]

White Apron and Pie

I made this apron from a beautiful white pillowcase.  The pillowcase is an odd size, it must have been a huge throw pillow or something. I really like the apron, and I look forward to wearing it when I cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family.  It will be the first time I’ve had the whole [...]

Go Gryffindor!

Have I mentioned that I hate summer? Okay, maybe not hate, but I don’t love it in the way that Northerners do.  Every summer I “think” things will be one way (fun and carefree, full of the beach, running around barefoot, and making lots of jam) but the reality of summer in Florida is that [...]

still life :: knitting and impermanence

I’ve been carrying this sweater with me everywhere.  Row by row, I had the entire body of the sweater finished and bound off.  It was time to start the sleeves when I realized I’d made a huge mistake. I was pretty proud of myself for not having a total meltdown when I made the discovery. [...]

A Few Purses and a Sad Wallet Story

Last year, before our summer trip to New York, I decided I needed a small bag to slip into the big messenger bag I carry whenever we are in NYC.  Whenever the big bag has to be checked (such as in a museum or store) the small bag can hold my wallet and phone. Both [...]

WOOL!

Nearly a month ago, I excitedly posted about the yarn that I had spun. The lovely Erin over at exhale. return to center, whom I am honored to call my friend, saw my post and offered me some wool.  How on earth could I say no?! Not long after our email exchange, this package arrived [...]

I MADE YARN!

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at spinning for so long.  I finally found the inspiration I needed in the video Renate Hiller’s On Handwork.  If you have not seen this, please do yourself a favor and watch the four and a half minute video.  It is gorgeous.  How amazing it is to try [...]

Yet Another Quilt

I went in for this: And came out with this: Meet the new Fall quilt.  Mostly from the fabric store, some from my stash.  Solids in purple, brown, tan and gray.  Corduroy, velvet, sateen and broadcloth, all in cotton, linen and silk. I know, I know.  I’m insane.  But at least I just discovered that [...]

Mood Fabrics NYC

I don’t even recall how I ever first heard about Mood Fabrics, but whenever I mentioned to someone that I was going to be visiting there while in New York, they always replied, “That’s the place in Project Runway!” Well, I’ve never seen Project Runway, but I can say now that I understand why they [...]