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felt felt felt for the holidays

by Hannah

From here on out we’ll all be needing felt…Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, then Valentine’s sneaks up on all of us. Just a reminder that we stock wool/rayon felt by the yard and sheets, poly/acrylic sheets, and %100 wool felt bundles! If you need some felt filled ideas, read on!

Try these no sew trivets or placemats! These lovely kits we carry require felt. April’s holiday ornament gift idea. Amy’s holiday gift idea and valentine. Felt slippers. Scandinavian Needlecraft has plenty of uses for felt. I’ve made adorable baby booties from this book. 

 Remember we ship! See you soon!


a mini collection by doe

by Hannah 

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




how to piece the perfect intersection

by Hannah

 I always think about how quilting began from using what you have. I’ve been wanting to make a few pillow covers for our living room so I entered my fabric abyss the other evening and collected as many linen pieces as I could find and started cutting.

I decided to cut 2.5” squares so I could just do a simple patchwork pillow top. 

I chose three colors to work with and arranged them just how they’d be sewn together.

Often I find myself explaining to customers how to make the perfect intersection. I remember the first time I pieced together squares and I thought it was going to be so simple, only to find that none of them intersected the way I thought they would. Two of them on the whole quilt looked right and only by chance. Here’s so you don’t make the same mistake. 

Lay out four square pieces. 

Stitch two together and now stitch the other two togther. 

Press one seam allowance up and press one seam allowance down. This will create an interlocking that you can see in the next photo.

Place right sides together and make sure the seam allowances are going in opposite directions.

Bring the right sides of the seam allowances toward one another as tight as they’ll go, locking them in place to sew. You can use a pin if it’s easier. 

I like to start sewing from the seam allowance intersection, this way the pieces don’t slip while you’re sewing and the intersection is locked (stitched) first thing. Now flip it and sew from the intersection to the raw edge on the other side.

Press the seam that you just sewed to one side and experience satisfaction.

I inserted an invisible zipper, quilted and here’s my pillow! The blue is from a linen skirt that was way too long, the white from my linen skirt smarts skirt, and the natural is from some old linen Ikea curtains that I hemmed. Use what you have!