• Zippered Laptop Sleeve, Attempt 1

    August 29, 2013 Kate

    “Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool.” Sing it, Billy. Here’s my first attempt at a laptop sleeve, and the culprit who brought my Bernina to her knees flashing the warning “Main Motor Failed” in surrender. I bought this Marimekko oil cloth from The Finnish Place last…

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  • Makers Inspiration #4

    August 26, 2013 Kate

    I saw Holly Fowler’s work featured in a recent Style Bubble post and was immediately captivated by her hand painted designs. She graduated with a BA from Central Saint Martins in 2011 and has since designed exclusive collections for both Browns and Bergdorf Goodman. She paints directly onto her clothing, creating these slightly whimsy but…

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  • The Weekender #1

    August 24, 2013 Kate

    Yes, I’m a little late to the party on these two documentaries, but I still felt the need to share in case you’ve also yet to see them. Perhaps one will make a great addition to your long weekend. The first is the OWN Visionaries: Tom Ford Documentary, a rare insight into Fords daily life as…

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  • Simcoe Braided Headband by Good Night, Day

    August 21, 2013 Kate

    I discovered Good Night, Day through a friend on Kollabora and man, I got excited. It’s a Canadian knit label by Tara-Lynn Morrison that’s refreshingly modern, using minimalist knitting techniques and gorgeous fair trade wool. I ordered Volume 1 of her patterns deciding to take my needles to the Simcoe Braided Headband first. You know when…

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  • Makers Inspiration #3

    August 19, 2013 Kate

    Izziyana Suhaimi creates some of the most beautiful embroidery I’ve ever seen, mixing a traditional craft with modern mediums and subject matter. The above piece, Friends to Keep You Warm was a collaboration with L’ILE AUX ASHBY in 2012. I like the idea of experimenting with embroidery on sketch and think it would make a great gift or…

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  • Textile Design: Salvador Dalí & Ray Eames

    August 15, 2013 Kate

    I’m a Salvador Dalí fan. Grade 9 art class got a whole lot more interesting the day I was introduced to his iconic The Persistence of Memory (1931) painting. Given my love of textiles, recently discovering he also created designs for fabrics is just ‘holy-wow-give-me-all-of-it’ exciting. Imagine owning a Dalí printed scarf?! After the war Schiffer Prints needed to modernize…

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  • Knit Eyelet Crop

    August 9, 2013 Kate

    You know the whole ‘necessity breeds creativity’ thing? Well I ‘needed’ a summer knit crop and couldn’t find a pattern I liked (at least not in my price range), so I made one up on a post-it. Sounds like a respectable entry into pattern making, no? I wanted to combine the breezy style and fit…

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  • ‘The Red Man’ Petit Point

    August 8, 2013 Kate

    To think I thought embroidery looked tedious… This is a petit point my Nana did of an Indian chief called The Red Man. If you’re wondering what petit point is, I understand it to be a more intricate form of needlepoint using very small, fine stitches on single threads of canvas or cloth (if you…

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  • Gladstone Flea Market 2013

    August 5, 2013 Kate

    This past Saturday I went to check out the Gladstone Flea on Queen West. While i’m not an avid flea frequenter, I’d heard and read too many good things to not check out the final flea this summer. It’s a great place to shop local and meet some really nice people along the way. The girl who…

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  • Makers Inspiration #2

    August 2, 2013 Kate

    “I believe that true innovation happens where different disciplines converge.” In her collection, Human vs Technology, Larissa Zemke experiments with laser engraving on leather to create this stunning collar. You can see the design process behind her works on her Cargo Collective website. The girl makes some pretty incredible stuff. I discovered Amy Sia on Society 6 (if you’ve…

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