Last week I had the chance to pour over some gorgeous ribbons and trims from Japan. The quality is outstanding, and many were available in subtle, muted tones often found in Japanese textiles. A couple of highlights for me are the grosgrain with a bit of sparkle and the fine, soft knit fold over trim.
There are more, including elegant matte satin.
Alexander Henry designers delight us again with their illustrative sailor print and scruffy looking fish. We welcome back a few of their lovely, light cotton lawn prints (center photo), and the large scale tropical looking floral got me thinking about some embroidery embellishment. The metallic gold chevron is brought to us by the folks at Michael Miller.
The darling ZaZa Zoo by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover.
“Sphere” by Zen Chic and “Bee My Honey,” both from Moda. Pretty cute bees…
In addition to all these fabulous prints, we continue to receive more of the Bontanics line by Carolyn Friedlander. We are stocked with 10 subtle, smart prints, working so nicely together and on their own.
To help you craft your way through Valentine’s:
Although I’m not proud of it, I find myself feeling a bit curmudgeonly when it comes to holidays like Valentines Day. I tend to view it as simply another thing added to my never-ending to-do list. But for the sake of my kiddos, I (almost) always muster enough enthusiasm to help them celebrate. No one is going to acuse me of not being a fun mom! And in the end I (almost) always enjoy it.
For those who find yourselves in my camp and are looking for Valetines that are quick, easy for kids to make and are useful, you will appreciate these Valetine bookmarks. Using felt and elastic or twill tape you can whip up a classrom’s worth in about an hour. The hot-glue gun also makes this a good no-sew craft project.
For the elastic version, you will need roughly 15–17 inches of elastic for each book. Just wrap a length around an average sized kids’ book, pulling snugly and then overlap an inch or so to get your length.
1. Cut a small heart shape out of felt. Just freehand this—we’re keeping things simple, remember?
2. Cut two small, parallel slits in the heart.
3. Lace one end of elastic through slits as shown above.
4. Secure elastic on back of heart with hot glue.
5. Being careful not to twist, wrap other end of elastic around and secure on back of heart with hot glue.
6. Secure another felt heart over the first one to hide the elastic ends and the hot glue mess inside. This is the back.
7. Looks like this when finished.
The twill tape version is even quicker. Lace tape through slits in heart and secure on back with hot-glue. You can cover the back of the heart with another, (as in the elastic version) or you can just leave it. Cut long enough for the bookmark to stick out the top and bottom.
And don’t forget that your Supportland points are worth double on Valentine’s Day.
This bag was such fun to make. The name of the pattern does refer to the zippers and not necessarily the time it takes to make. I spent one evening cutting out the pieces and another putting it all together. I love this Liberty of London print. This bag called for scraps of small sizes. I was able to use a liberty fat eighth for all three scrap pieces on the pockets and had enough left over to incorporate into the gusset piece of the bag pattern.
This is a Jen Giddens pattern, she tends to go heavy on the interfacing, practically every piece in this pattern is interfaced. She calls for a craft fuse interfacing in the pattern which tends to be more rigid. I used Stacy shape flex in black because frankly that is the only interfacing I like working with. Stacy shape flex is actually fabric and not synthetic giving it a nice hand and is easy to use, also great for apparel.
Because I used Liberty I opted to keep the pattern choice to a minimum only using one fabric for the inside and two for the outside. You can mix and match the outer and inner zipper pocket fabric pieces and get really scrappy if you like. The other fabric used in this example are essex linen blend in indigo (outer fabric). The interior fabric is an art gallery print that is available in a half dozen other colors here at the shop.
The instructions were great. I had no problems or questions, the diagrams and sewing steps were easy to follow. This is an intermediate pattern, a great skill builder for sewing zippers!
I am happy to have a purse that is more finished and not so much of a giant bag. The size is perfect for the basics (9”wide by about 12” tall). The long strap is comfortable to wear across the body leaving my hands free and the purse secure.
This purse will be on display at the shop. Stop by and check it out.