Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Yesterday I found out I won a giveaway sponsored by Satsuma Press. I was stunned – I never win anything, and don’t enter that many giveaways. I am quite excited about what I won -a Heath Ceramics vase, some Skinny Laminx towels, Satsuma Press cards and gift tags.
So in the spirit of passing on my good luck, I thought I would have a little giveaway of my own. Leave a comment here and I will pick a random person to win a braided neck loop from the HANDCRAFT collection. Your choice of color, either heathered grey or purple.
I will close comments on Monday, December 14th and choose a winner then.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
low water immersion dyed wool leggings
note: I’ve added some more plum wrapped necklace/scarves to the HANDCRAFT shop.
Along with the failed armwarmers, I had planned on making wool leggings for the HANDCRAFT collection. I had these mottled legwarmers last year, which were made out of a mid-weight wool jersey. I made a pair for myself, and wear them all the time. This year I found some lighter weight jersey and wanted to make actual leggings, or tights without feet.
Low water dyeing, the process I use to get a mottled effect, is different and much trickier with wool. The process is fast; about 30 minutes as opposed to several hours for cotton. I dyed up a batch of the light wool jersey and was quite pleased with the result. I was also happy with my simple pattern for the leggings, with one seam per leg.
But then came the waistband. I didn’t want to make a casing and insert the elastic because it just seemed too bulky. What I wanted was an exposed wide elastic waistband like on store purchased tights. Sort of like lingerie elastic, but much wider. I talked to several manufacturers of elastic but they all seemed confused as to what I was talking about. I found something that seemed like it would work except that it was 4″ wide. Not sure what you would use that for….
Hence, the wool leggings didn’t make it into the collection either. I could easily have made a casing at the top and called it a day. But it wasn’t what I wanted so I let it go. I will keep looking for this elusive product and in the meantime probably put a casing in these and wear them myself.
Here are a few links to some do it yourself legwear, along with a couple splurge worthy pieces worth mentioning:
DIY tie dye tights
DIY gradient dip dye tights (I think I’ve linked to this before)
DIY shredded tights (so awesome -wish I could pull this off)
DIY embellished Doo.Ri stockings (these would be perfect for a fancy holiday party)
DIY Rodarte cut out leggings (l o v e -best w/ tights underneath I think)
The ultimate basic: Smartwool tights
Shabd Crystaline leggings (not wool, but stunning).
Hansel from Basel Gargantuan Cable tights.
Isobel & Cleo handknit grape leggings (these are sort of strange…but intriguing)
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
When I was in the planning stages for my HANDCRAFT holiday collection, I had initially wanted to make some armwarmers or fingerless gloves. This is something I wear all the time, both inside and out since I’m always cold and you can sew, type and take photos without taking them off. I offered some in wool last year and they were quite popular.
In the end, I wasn’t completely happy with how these came out so they didn’t make it into the collection. The hemp + organic cotton jersey just isn’t as stretchy as the wool jersey was, so they don’t hold their shape as well.
I still like them though, and these will become gifts for family and friends. Armwarmers are really a great gift -they are ageless and can be unisex as well. If you leave out the thumb hole, they can be used as legwarmers, which would be perfect for those hard to shop for teenage girls. And legwarmers are adorable on babies.
Here are a few free patterns I found for making your own arm and legwarmers. Most of these can be made with thrifted t-shirts or sweaters for quick and inexpensive gifts:
A pattern using knee socks.
This one uses a felted sweater.
These are made from a t-shirt.
Leg and armwarmers for babies! Made from adult socks.
A knitting pattern for armwarmers with and without a thumbhole.
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
Hello. Did you have a nice thanksgiving? Or nice weekend if you don’t celebrate thanksgiving? Things were low key around here. Our first thanksgiving just the four of us, at home. We had lots and lots of food with a little flu thrown into the mix for excitement.
I had some time to browse the internets, and I’ve seen many great sales on lovely handmade items. My gift giving list, like many I assume, is quite pared down this year. I plan to make some gifts, and purchased gifts will be primarily be from small independent designers and makers.
Jan at Poppytalk has compiled a great list of indie makers offering cyber monday sales here. And for the next few weeks I will be posting more gift guides focusing on handmade items.
Tonight I just want to point you to one sale, Stock the Stocking, at my friend and artist Heather Smith Jones’ shop. Heather makes beautiful letterpress cards, watercolor paintings, photographic prints and so much more. She has many very affordable things right now, including these cute letter press gift tags. Please think about where your limited funds will go this season, and buy handmade.
Tomorrow (Monday, 11.30.09), I will restock my HANDCRAFT holiday collection and I will be offering free shipping all day. Because who doesn’t love free shipping? And for all of you scarf lovers, I’ve added gossamer scarves as well, with a few in the popular mustard gold color.
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
dipped horizon print, marfa path print + asphalt grass denim wool pillow
HANDCRAFT holiday 2009 collection
I’m glad you all liked the ORIGAMI wrap pattern. A few people have emailed me to say they have already made it! See, I told you it was easy:)
Thank you again for your support of my holiday collection. There are a few prints left, but otherwise everything has sold out. wow. Just a reminder that everything will ship on the 28th. I will be restocking all of the items again on November 30th, so if you missed something you were looking for, check back then. I hope to be able to restock once more after that as well.
I have one other little holiday surprise planned that I will tell you about after Thanksgiving, which I can’t believe is in 3 days. And I will also be posting some more gift guides. I really enjoyed putting together the one focused on geometry.
Twitter update: I think I like it. It’s a little noisy at times, but one of the best things is the interesting articles, tips, goods, giveaways, etc., that people link to. It’s like being able to see a huge number of blogs with interesting info all at once on one page.
Hope you all have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, if you are celebrating. I am very thankful for all of you.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
My holiday collection, HANDCRAFT, will be available tomorrow, 11.19.09. I’ll have a slideshow of images here in the morning, and you will be able to view the items in the shop at that time. Everything will be available for purchase starting at noon, CST.
And in the spirit of gift giving, I have a special gift for all of you. Stop back here on Friday to see.
Thank you all for your supportive comments about the collection. I’m excited to show it to you and hope you’ll be able to find a few gifts for your lists.
Here is another little peak, of something I’m especially excited about:
HANDCRAFT holiday 2009 collection, wrapped necklace/scarf
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
asphalt grass denim wool pillow, HANDCRAFT 2009 holiday collection
Thank you to all who placed orders yesterday in my shop! If you emailed about the gossamer scarves and everything bag, I will be making more soon. There are still some of the mottled scarves available.
I wanted to give you a little glimpse of my holiday collection, HANDCRAFT, which I’ve been working on since early fall. This collection came about through a desire of mine to work a little more slowly, focusing on labor intensive processes done by hand, like printing and piecing. I also had in mind using up scraps of fabric and yarn I’ve been saving.
The collection will contain items perfect for gift giving in a range of prices, including pillows (like the one above), totes, scarves, prints t-shirts and wraps.
I’ll show a few more preview images here, and the collection will launch on November 19th.
I also want to thank you all for stopping by here to read and leave comments. I really enjoy hearing from all of you. I’m not the best at replying but I do try to respond in the comments section, and if you subscribe to the comments feed I think you can see the replies.