• The Learn How Book, Needlework Arts 1941

    November 21, 2013 Kate

    I’m so glad I come from a long line of hoarders. Here’s a few snapshots of a needlework magazine published by The Canadian Spool Cotton Company in 1941. It’s given me a few good ideas and I always appreciate subtle sponsorship. Coats and Clark before, you know, Coats & Clark.  My Baby Just Cares For…

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  • How I Learned To Weave (With Grass!)

    October 16, 2013 Kate

    In honour of Throwback Thursdays (I really need a better title for this series) here’s a little something I discovered carefully pressed between an old sketch pad, woven by a 6-year-old Kate. In the summer my Mum and I would stay up north by the lake and I loved being outside. In fact, I actually refused to…

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  • In Store Inspiration #1

    September 2, 2013 Kate

    As long as I’ve had a cell phone with a camera I’ve been taking snapshots of things I find intriguing as I’m perusing stores. “Ooo, that’s a great idea to attach the straps like that” or “I wonder if I could sew leather and wool together like that at home” or “I’d love this but in…

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  • 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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