• 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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  • 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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