• 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…

    Read more
  • 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…

    Read more
  • A War Bride, My Nana’s Engagement Ring

    April 18, 2014 Kate

    My Grandad proposed to my Nana during the War with a ring in this delicate little pouch. They met over a Christmas in 1941, and were married shortly after on May 15, 1942. My Grandad was a RAF flight instructor and sometime after they married he had to return to service, leaving them separated for…

    Read more
  • Americo Copito Medio Cowl

    January 20, 2014 Kate

    I knit Americo’s Lloydminster cowl using this yarn two years ago, and although I loved the texture and style I found it a bit too loose around the neck. I could pull it down around my shoulders and I wanted something that was tighter fitting so it wouldn’t be too bulky to wear with my winter…

    Read more
  • Wonderland Book To Paint, A 1920s Vintage Colouring Book

    January 16, 2014 Kate

    Here’s a few pages out of a 1920s colouring book that belonged to my Nana. She was born in 1922 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan, and since her childhood is mostly a mystery to me I’m thankful someone saved this. I just think the illustrations are wonderful. I love the style, the whimsical variety of figures and objects,…

    Read more
  • Tunisian Crochet Cowl

    January 14, 2014 Kate

    Kate:1 Winter:0 This is my first attempt at Tunisian crochet. I’d always assumed it was quite tedious but after seeing someone demo it at the Toronto Creativ Festival this past fall I decided to give it a go. Turns out it’s surprisingly easy and there’s such a beautiful array of stitch patterns you can do, I…

    Read more
  • 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…

    Read more
  • 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…

    Read more
  • 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…

    Read more
  • 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…

    Read more
1 14 15 16 17 18