there's no minute like the last minute

every year i have big plans to send out holiday cards, bake lots of cookies, and make all of my holiday gifts. i have amnesia about the fact that november and december are the busiest months for my work, what with craft fairs and filling orders that check off other people’s lists. so typically, most […]

makers gonna MAKE! (a gift guide)

oh gosh, it’s that time of year again! i’ve got one more craft fair left (this weekend! the Holiday Indie Mart in Narrowsburg, NY!) and THEN i can finally start thinking about my own gifting. it happens every year: i can’t think straight until about mid-December because the craft fair season inconveniently occurs simultaneously with […]

Let's hook up some rag rugs!

you guys! it’s SUMMER! today is July 1st (you probably know that) and since June was pure busy-ness for me, i’m beyond excited that starting today things can finally slow down a bit.

so, what are we gonna do all summer? have you been hooking rugs like mad? why? well, surely you’ve seen my new Crochet […]

i HEART dropcloth!

i  L O V E  that feeling of finishing a project. don’t you?*

i’ve been a fan of embroidery artist Rebecca Ringquist and her *dropcloth* samplers since the moment i first saw the original one at my very first Squam. and i have quite a collection of her hand-drawn printed samplers. which, for the most part, […]

A-Line Skirt SAL: now where were we???

so, above you see what might just be the cutest skirt ever. the piping! the buttons! and of course i always adore denim, especially if it has linen in it! and such a lovely, clear photo too. that’s what i call a Picture of a Skirt! this is the stuff that makes a teacher’s heart […]

A-Line Skirt SAL Week 3 (4?): start the REAL skirt!

1. Chautauqua A-line, 2. A line skirt wearable muslin, 3. Mel’s muslin, 4. Design-it-yourself SAL A-Line Skirt, 5. Finished A-line, 6. Upcycled black velvet skirt, 7. Muslin, 8. Wearable muslin fits!, 9. Lisa’s skirt

well helLO my dear SALlies! so, yes, i did sort of miss a week back there; don’t know if you noticed. hopefully […]

A-Line Skirt SAL Week 2: make your muslin!

so, how did the patternmaking go? any trouble? questions? i’m guessing it went pretty smoothly because i haven’t heard much from the peanut gallery, just a peep or two here and there. i know many of you had already done this step, so you may have taken the week off. remember, if you have any […]

announcing a DIY A-line skirt Sewalong!

last week at the Makerie i taught 26 people how to draft their own sewing patterns. often when i teach patternmaking classes, i wish i could be there for my students through the stages of the process that come next: muslin-making, fitting, pattern-correcting, and final garment sewing. i know that for most, this will […]

I made this! (a contest. with prizes.)

wowzers! do you like prizes? and making stuff? well then, you are in LUCK! i’m here to tell you about a doozy of a contest involving two of my favorite ways to use my free time: Creativebug and Pinterest (are you following my boards?). there are so many good prizes, generously donated by many of […]

leggings for the people!

i’ve been a little Legging Obsessed lately, and here’s the reason why: i’ve been secretly working on a How-Tuesday article for the Etsy blog: Design and Sew Your Own Leggings. this is actually the first complete pattern-drafting tutorial i’ve written since the book came out! it was really fun to do, and renewed my love […]

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