• Handmade Nursery Rhymes Quilt

    June 12, 2014 Kate

    I think this is just darling… nursery rhyme characters embroidered on cut up muslin flour sacks. My Mum’s grandmother Hannah and her sisters would have done this on the farm in the 1920s or 1930s. What a great way to repurpose the muslin bags their flour and sugar would have come in (which they also sewed…

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  • DIY Knitting Project Bag

    June 10, 2014 Kate

    I like to take my knitting with me so I can stitch a few rows whenever I can – in the car, on the subway, between class, in class (Ooops). I just need something simple and compact to throw into my bag, something preferably more inspiring than an old shopping bag. This dandy fits the…

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  • My Custom Wildhagen Hat

    June 5, 2014 Kate

    When a man buys you a handmade hat without occasion, you hold onto that man. Designed and custom made in Toronto, fabrics from Europe, ribbons from Mokuba… Wildhagen, I’m in love. “The thing about a great hat is that the person wearing it can enjoy wearing it, but other people can enjoy looking at it.…

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  • In Store Inspiration #3

    June 3, 2014 Kate

        1. Darts to shape the sleeve and add interest to an otherwise predictable silhouette. (Babaton, Artizia) 2. Vertical welts on this jacket are an interesting detail and slimming. (Escada)   3. I’m a sucker for a simple blazer – no collar, no lapels, no buttons, simple simple. Also, I’d think easier to draft/sew! (Club…

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  • Patterns & Textures #1

    May 27, 2014 Kate

    Patterns & Texture is a photo series featuring textile inspiration I find in nature and daily life. It’s amazing what we see in nature or architecture that can inspire textile design. Interesting lines, textures, colours, light fall… the simplest thing triggers an idea. For example, as soon as I saw the side of this building (last…

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  • A Vintage Yardstick

    May 23, 2014 Kate

    Distance between plants, the times tables, standards for weight and height of children, wedding anniversary gifts, measurement conversions… all things you might need to reference in a hurry. This belonged to my Nana, and looking it over has given me a good laugh. Were these the yard stick essentials for a 1940s housewife?

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  • Marimekko Flagship Store in Beverly Hills

    May 11, 2014 Kate

    Here I am strolling along the palm tree lined streets of Beverly Hills, only to turn a corner a stumble across one of my favourite Scandinavian labels… Marimekko! An entire Marimekko store mind you, I was in total heaven. This is my kind of candy shop. This lovely linen scarf had to be mine, the classic…

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  • 1984 Finger Painting

    May 1, 2014 Kate

    If you can believe it, this was my 8-year-old brothers idea of finger painting. Pretty awesome looking, right?  

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  • Monochrome Knit Pillow

    April 28, 2014 Kate

    I was the luckiest of ladies to be gifted with a former weavers gorgeous stash of wool recently. I’m talking huge cones of wool and bags and bags of beautiful rovings. Ya, the good stuff. Since the cones of wool are ideal for weaving and too course for apparel (although I’ve toyed with the idea…

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  • In Store Inspiration #2

    April 23, 2014 Kate

        1. I like the simple print on this black and white Zara shirt. I would be easy to do something similar by silkscreening or even hand painting onto fabric. (Zara) 2. Digital printing is pretty awesome for fashion designers and home sewers alike. Club Ink in Toronto will print your designs on fabric with…

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