• Aunt Lilly’s 1920s Party Dress

    November 21, 2016 Kate

    My great-aunt Lilly, all dolled up for what I can only assume was a very special evening. I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you anything about that night. I can’t tell you what the occasion was or where this was taken. But what I can do is show you the dress. That’s right, nearly a…

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  • A Mum Made Costume, Halloween 1995

    October 31, 2016 Kate

    Let’s talk Halloween. Specifically, Halloween 1995. My Mum made all of my costumes when I was little (check out 1993 an 1994 here) but this one was my favourite. A floor length fairy gown in watermarked taffeta, complete with silk flowers on the bodice and a sparkly crown. Sigh…. It was magical—the rustling sound it made when I twirled, the way…

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  • Sheila Hicks Material Voices @ Textile Museum of Canada

    October 25, 2016 Kate

    Calling all fibre lovers—the Sheila Hicks: Material Voices exhibition is on at the Textile Museum of Canada, in Toronto, until February 5, 2017. And spoiler alert… It’s pretty fantastic. At least I think so. Something about this exhibit really hit me—I guess it was the perfect combination of where I was mentally, the work itself, and a…

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  • Yes, Hand Knit Socks Are Totally Worth It

    October 18, 2016 Kate

    Well, I did it! I made socks. They may have taken me months to finish, and I may have been thisclose to giving up on more than one occasion, but I did it! And I’m so glad because these are the comfiest things to have ever graced my feet. Going into it I was all, “There’s…

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  • The Town of Preeceville, Saskatchewan

    October 11, 2016 Kate

    I’m going to start sharing little photo series from my travels. I wasn’t sure if that kind of thing belonged on this blog or needed a separate space, as it’s not craft, but honestly for me it’s related. Because it’s not just places, it’s colours and textures and patterns and stories. It’s the step before the making. And…

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  • In Store Inspiration #7

    September 29, 2016 Kate

    It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these In Store Inspiration roundup posts but trust, my phone is still full of photos of clothes I’ve turned inside out and right side in for ideas. My niece actually asked once why my camera roll is full of “stuff” and “where’s the selfies?!” Sorry to disappoint little…

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  • Restoring Your Faith in Humanity, One Kiosk at a Time

    September 19, 2016 Kate

    Get ready to feel those heartstrings. There’s a little hutch at the side of the road in Summerland, British Columbia full of handmade goodies you can browse, and purchase, at your leisure. Got a question? Want to see more? Need to break a 20 dollar bill? Just call up to the house, Pam will help you out. Oh yes. This is real.…

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  • A Pact Between Friends, July 1st 1935

    August 7, 2016 Kate

    A pact between friends, to meet at the train station in seven years time, found tucked between my Nana’s autograph books from school. I mean, come on. Are you seeing this? I love it, everything about it, right down to the colour of the paper and the texture of the tape. It’s written by my Nana, Billie…

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  • My Nana’s High School Autograph Books, 1936-1937

    July 28, 2016 Kate

    Well if this isn’t the most precious thing… Did you have these? I remember getting them in primary school. We’d all practice signatures at our desks before rushing around in a frenzy, making our friends write us a message. It was probably the first time we’d distinguished between writing and signing our names, and let me tell…

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  • Learn How To Make An Embroidered Knit Pillow

    July 21, 2016 Kate

    Guess what! I just posted my very first video tutorial over on Skillshare, showing you how to make this embroidered knit pillow. Here’s a link where you can sign up for free until Sunday July 31st (no Skillshare membership needed, no credit card on sign up). After that promo period you’ll need a membership to access…

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