Posted on December 3, 2015
Years ago, I re-created my mother’s Advent calendar and interpreted it as a quilt-as-you-go project, complete with template. The year I finally buckled down to make this for our family, I worked on one house a day each day in December, and had a completed calendar by Christmas Eve! Every year since, I have taken tremendous pleasure in bringing this piece out of storage and adding a ribbon here and a detail there, so that it becomes even more precious to our family as time rolls past. Read More
Posted on November 9, 2015
There is some debate still about whether there is a distinctive division between our right brain and our left. But most experts agree that each half of your brain bears the larger portion for certain mental tasks. And sewing? Sewing allows you to tackle both. It’s basically the perfect activity for long-term brain health.
Most of us rely on our left brain for the bulk of our daily tasks. The language processing centers of the left brain allow us to interpret what we hear and organize our thoughts when we speak. The left brain is also in charge of analysis, mathematical computation, and recalling memorized facts. Our modern tech-driven society strongly rewards the skills performed by the left brain, and our educational system is largely based around emphasizing and amplifying those skills.
Posted on November 2, 2015
We’ve done a family Halloween costume for the past four years. We did Scooby Doo, Sound of Music, and Harry Potter. This year, we did a little more steering than previously, where the kids had a heavy hand in picking the costumes–this year, we convinced them to join us in Back to the Future costumes.
Posted on October 28, 2015
Posted on October 26, 2015
I sew, a lot. Way more than normal people–and by normal, I guess I mean the average person, who probably doesn’t even know how to sew, making that an unfair and inaccurate comparison. So maybe I just sew way more than most people who sew–which would be a massive amount, because sewing seems to attract the obsessives, the folks who really like to DIVE IN, the ones who don’t just try something, they DO it, in the purest Yoda sense. They don’t think, “I might try sewing,” they go to the store and they buy ALL THE TOYS and ALL THE FABRIC and they get home and THEN they figure it out. Or maybe sewing makes us all obsessive, we didn’t start that way, we became that way because the POTENTIAL is so enormous that it’s difficult to look away from the bright light of possibility that comes once you learn how to thread that needle and make it go in a straight line.
Posted on October 16, 2015
I have gotten into the habit of sharing finished projects, and hardly ever walking through the steps to getting from fabric selection to final garment. It’s just SO much faster. But this dress was an exception–I tried it on during construction, but with a center back zip, all those fittings (alone in your sewing room with a dimly lit mirror and no one else to help) are pretty rough approximations. It wasn’t until this final fitting before taking photos that I spotted An Issue.
Posted on October 15, 2015
Now live and waiting for you: Halloween projects have been added to the Hand-Sewn Year online class! This class began as a Christmas Camp, and is gradually growing to include all the holidays in the calendar. With Halloween, harvest, Thanksgiving, holiday and Christmas projects now included, there are over 45 lessons waiting for you!
Posted on October 14, 2015
Posted on October 2, 2015
I’ve written about thread before, including my obsession with this microscopic analysis of thread fibers. I love the idea that at the tiniest scale, thread ISN’T the same, and that the threads we use when we sew can make a difference in the quality of our results. The longer I make clothing (and the more full my closet becomes), the more I want to focus my sewing on investment items, and I want them to be the very best they can be–the best construction, the best workmanship, and good materials.
Posted on September 22, 2015
I said I was going to make it, and I did. And I LURVE it.