Some super fun new canvas pieces. Yep, those dots up top are metallic! A little bit of sparkle goes a long way. The bottom piece is a medium weight cotton linen blend from Moda.
Replenishing our stock of solid flannels. Cozy and plush, from Robert Kaufman.
New dish towelings from Moda. Fun, fiesta colors. We also brought back in the “snow buddies” toweling with the jolly old-fashiony snowman design. You can see that on Instagram on our website home page.
I’ve been super excited for this new block booklet to come in from Moda. It’s such a great design. It include 48 different blocks, with cutting diagrams and color schemes. You can see the number of each size on the cover. Pretty cool! And, if you sew them all up into one quilt, it’s striking!
The last thing I wanted to fill you all in on this week is the arrival of a selection of fabrics that are “PFD” or prepared for dying. We will try to keep a selection stocked regularly, including sheeting, knit, and canvas weight cottons.
We have the pleasure of helping a lot of people make special quilts and blankets for the babies that come into their lives, but a few months back the ladies at the shop got together to make a quilt to welcome a baby who is very special to us!
We all started with one fabric in common, a natural linen and cotton blend that we felt was very “Hannah.” Then we went on our merry way, and created blocks that both reflected our individual sensibilities as well as our feelings for Hannah and her family. When we gathered together to tie the quilt sandwich, it was amazing to see how harmoniously our blocks had come together into a quilt that was somehow both tranquil and playful!
Little bits of liberty, shot cottons, chambrays, and stripes, all of it inspired by our love for Hannah.
Some people think I’m crazy for saying that putting the binding on a quilt is my favorite part of the process, but think of it as my “quality time” with a project before it goes off into the world. Handwork can be very meditative, and it’s as if each stich carries a little more love.
Perfect for baby Ephraim!
It has been two Fall seasons since I designed my first mini collection and I just realized that I never shared with you. I took a class with Emily Christensen at OCAC and loved every minute of it. She has deisgned a class that condenses the essentials of what she learned in design school. You learn to design starting with an existing pattern and altering it until you reach your concept.
For us, we started with the Sew Liberated’s Schoolhouse tunic. It has a nice basic shape that was easy to evolve into something very very different. My inspiration was a painting by Winslow Homer, The Fox Hunt. The whole process took the intimidation out of patterndrafting.
The process was simple. We sewed the Schoolhouse tunic and tried it on. Then we started taking notes on how we wanted to change it and did a few sketches. We drew lines on the actual muslin, traced them into 2D, sewed it with the changes then tried it on again and did the steps over until we reached a piece we wanted. For a three piece collection, each of the three pieces had to have one thing in common. Then first and second piece had to share a common element and the second and third had to share a common element. In my collection each piece shared a shirttail hem, princess seams and was sleeveless. The first and second shared a gathered waistline in the back of the dress as well as a rounded neckline that scooped a bit further down in the back. The second and third shared a pocket detail and a v-neck line where, again, the back reached down the back a bit further than the front. Each piece in the collection is hand dyed. I had to sew roughly 20 muslins to finally reach my designs. It was challenging, yet satisfying, and most of all very vulnerable. Below are a few photos from my shoot. Thank you for looking!
Dresses + styling by me : Doe Handcrafted
Photos : Christal Angelique
Hair+makeup : Kassandra Sommerville