• Effiloché Fabric Shop Montreal

    August 1, 2013 Kate

    I’m a sucker for any craft shop that caters to more than one activity (read addiction). Sewing and cross stitch, pottery and knitting, knitting and tea drinking, that sort of thing. While in Montreal recently I stumbled across this gem, Effiloché. They carry an overwhelming assortment of fabric, sewing supplies, knitting supplies, crochet supplies, patterns…

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  • Handmade Patchwork Coat

    July 25, 2013 Kate

    Meet Hannah, my great-grandmother. Here she is (center in the enviable specs) with my mum (left) and my nana (right). Like many women of her generation, she was always in the midst of something, always creating, whether it be in the garden, the kitchen or living room. A maker in the truest sense of the…

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  • Makers Inspiration #1

    June 3, 2013 Kate

    I found this image of a field in Poland while flipping through the June National Geographic. The colours and textures are so gorgeous, I think it would make a beautiful woven wall hanging. The punch of red fading into green, the tree’s incorporated as textured baubles, the lines in the field – I can see it…

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  • Sewing With Vinyl, A Marimekko Make-up Bag

    May 20, 2013 Kate

    Picking projects above your skill level? Guilty. I bought this Marimekko fabric from The Finnish Place a while back with the intention of sewing some cosmetics bags and perhaps a make-up brush roll with it. I absolutely love this classic print, it’s something that always makes me feel good to look at. (Yes, fabric has…

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  • #28 Striped Pullover, Vogue Holiday Knitting 2010

    May 15, 2013 Kate

    Another knitting project finished in complete disregard for the season upon us. Why is that always the way? Even though it’s nearly summer, I decided it was high time to finish this guy as it’s been sitting 80% finished in my knitting bag for over a year.. meaning it was getting to that point where…

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  • Sewing With Leather, Leather Envelope Clutch

    April 16, 2013 Kate

    As a beginner, anything that’s not cotton can be quite intimidating to sew. Since rescuing a pair of my mum’s old leather pants from the Good Will pile last summer, I’ve had the itch to cut them up and make myself a clutch. (Yes, I realize leather pants are in now, however, this particular pair hails from…

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  • Textured Circle Scarf

    April 14, 2013 Kate

    Here we have the result of a transatlantic flight – a lot of repetitive stitches in a circle. The kind of therapeutic (or mind numbing) knitting a doctor might prescribe to relieve stress. It’s just alternating squares of stockinette stitch to create a lovely texture, wrapping around three times to keep you nice and cozy. I used a…

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  • Butterick B5613 Skirt

    April 12, 2013 Kate

    Hey there Awkward, how you doing? Well, I finally completed my first garment from a pattern – hooray! When I started sewing in high school, I taught myself and was making my own patterns. Some might call this admirable, I call it a fast ticket to bad habits, lots of broken needles, and a skirt…

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  • Tracing Threads

    April 8, 2013 Kate

    Well, I’ve finally taken the time to start a blog (I deemed the internet wasn’t riddled with enough of them). It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, likely for the same reasons most people start blogging, I wanted a place to share and explore my passion. That passion, I’ve discovered, is making…

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