Just a heads up about the skirt pattern in Stitch Magazine. If you are going to make it, double check the length of the facing against the skirt waistband length. Someone alerted me to the fact that the facing waistband length is shorter than the skirt. I haven’t had a chance to check all sizes, but it is smaller in the size small skirt.
Interweave will post the corrections on their website, but I wanted to give you a heads up here as well.
If you are making the skirt before they get the corrections up, all you need to do is add length to the facing so that the waist length on the facing matches the waist length on the skirt.
I’m not sure how this happened as it’s not the case in the original pattern, but it’s completely stressing me out. Hopefully this hasn’t caused anyone too much grief.
If you are celebrating I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
A few days ago I came home to find a package in the mail from Stitch Magazine. It was the sample skirt I had made for the skirt that ended up on the cover. I was quite surprised as I didn’t realize they would send it back to me.
If anyone is interested, I would like to give the skirt away. Just leave a comment here on this post by Wednesday evening (Nov. 26th) and I’ll draw a random name. The skirt is a size small (their sizing: 29.25″ waist, 38″ hip) but as it’s a wrap skirt you could adjust that a bit by moving the buttons around.
I want to thank everyone again for stopping by here with well wishes and words of encouragement, and also your friendship and support of my shop this past year. I really am grateful.
And speaking of the shop, I plan to have a very small children’s holiday collection available sometime after Thanksgiving, so watch out for further details here soon. And if you’re waiting for a package from me, thank you for your patience. I am just coming out of a virus that struck down our whole family starting on the morning I put my holiday collection online. Not fun. All packages should be mailed by Wednesday.
I’ve always enjoyed the films by Charles and Ray Eames, especially the Powers of Ten. Like all their films, it is visually beautiful but there is also a campyness to the narration and direction that makes it especially fun. This was the first film my oldest son saw when he was little, and he instantly fell in love with it. The numbers were mesmerizing and the concept of moving from up close to far away to close again was riveting.
The latest issue of Small Magazine is up, and I’ve written a short piece about the film for the small spaces column. You can read it here (it’s not listed in the table of contents). I also made a little flip book to go along with the article. It doesn’t seem to be working on their website but you can download it by clicking on the image below and make your own. It works best if you print it out on cardstock.
I really like the idea of online magazines and they seem to be more and more common these days. Another really wonderful one is Mankind Magazine. Mankind Magazine, which is produced by Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind, is an online publication dedicated to independent designers. The latest issue is all about handmade, and Erin was kind enough to include me on page 29.
And thank you all so much for the well wishes about Stitch Magazine!
First of all, I want to thank everyone for your thoughtful comments and emails about the mere collection. The response has been wonderful. If you purchased something from the shop thank you so much for your support. I feel happy that I can share my love of these beautiful materials with you.
And now if you can bear with me I want to tell you about another thing I’ve been working on. Back in the summer Interweave Press contacted me about contributing to a new sewing magazine they were developing called Stitch. They wanted to create a fresh, contemporary sewing magazine similar to their popular Interweave knits. The editor asked if I would be interested in contributing a design and also asked if I would write an article. Both of these were appealing to me, as I hadn’t seen a sewing magazine out there that I really liked and I thought it would be great to be part of this new idea.
For this first issue I designed a skirt for the waist down article and I was so happy to see that Jenny from Wiksten has a skirt pattern there as well. I was also honored that they chose my skirt to go on the cover!
For the article I wrote about my design process (what else would I write about:)). This was especially fun for me as I had to put into words how my sketchbook, which is something very visual, is so integral to to my process.
I am so excited to show you my holiday collection today. When I started developing it late in the summer, I imagined a collection of very simple pieces that would focus on beautiful materials in a muted palette. Accessories that you can pair with anything, that will span seasons, and that will make perfect gifts.
I found some really beautiful natural materials to work with and had so much fun crafting each piece, working closely with the materials, and trying new dying techniques.
The HOLIDAY Shop will open at 1pm today. Thank you so much for taking a look, for stopping by here and for all of your nice comments lately.
I’ve been taking photos all day of my holiday collection. This time around I got smart and purchased a roll of photo backdrop paper. I remember Jennifer writing about this a long time ago, and I kept meaning to get some but never did. This has saved me so much time. No more uneven background, baseboard, and floor to deal with. The paper I got is actually a very light grey, but you can’t tell -it looks white in the photos. Next time I think I’ll get a slightly darker grey.
The other time saving thing I got was a wireless remote for my camera. This tiny, inexpensive device has been life changing. No more setting the camera to time delay and running back and forth.
I like the way the photos are turning out although I seem to have picked the greyest day of autumn so far to take them on. Some day I really hope to have a model (other than me), a real photographer, and some more interesting context.
Speaking of photography, next week I’ll be hosting another s t i l l photo week called s t i l l:body (thank you Alison for the name) over at the s t i l l flickr group. This time we’re going to focus on still life photos that include a little part of a person. This is a great inspiration image. This flickr stream has some great ones as well. Please join in, unless you’re a purist and really can’t imagine a still life photo that isn’t quite still:)
Oh, and my holiday collection mere will be in my shop this Thursday, November 13th.
Now back to my images. Only 340 to go through…..ugh.
from my flickr favorites-click on the image for a link to the original sources
Right now I’m inspired by murky and dark blues, blacks and blue/greens. (even some (shock) bluish purples…). I’ve been trying to capture the feeling of these photos in dyed fabric. Not quite there yet.
*this title refers to the first painting I ever made in grad school, where the assignment was to paint any time of day other than night. I was trying for dusk….but some whiny kid in class piped up “she painted night!”