• 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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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