Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'm enjoying making some new bags for a few reasons. They are like doodles for a sewer, what looks fun together, challenge your finishing skills and a great way to use up all those small bits of fabric that are just too good to throw away. Of course, even though I have a small bag problem of my own I can't keep all of these so they are all destined my Etsy shop. If there is anything you like, drop me an email and I'd be happy to discount you shipping as a bonus as a blog reader.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I can't show you almost all of the knitting I've been doing, it's all Christmas knitting. Most of the people I love enough to knit for read this blog. This one ought to be safe though, if not, you are all in suspense!
Wisp, a soft breath of a scarf that really does have a lot of possibilities. Have a look at the pattern to see the wearing options. The buttons are vintage from my stash, and the wool is Elann, Baby Lace Merino.
ps.... sorry for the mediocre pic, I figure, that at least is better than nothing.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
First, I feel I need to introduce this post with sharing my thoughts on fur. I know that horrible, horrible things are done to animals in the name of fashion. Things that anyone with a soul could never condone. The thing is, there is another side of that coin. Fur has a history and a heritage that is part of our culture. I come from a family of hunters who treat the animals we kill (and food we consume) with respect and as much humanity as possible. Fur and leather is part of that food web that cannot be ignored and should be treated with the same respect. I don't want my meat served to me on styrofoam or full of chemicals, I should consider that as well when I am clothing myself.
That said, my friend came to me with her Grandmother's fur coat recently. She and her mother had kept it for years and years, knowing that it would never fit them but not sure what to do with it. Her Grandmother had loved her coat so much and it was important to her, to discard that seemed disrespectful. So she asked if I could make it into pillows so that it could be out, used and enjoyed. I thought that was a great idea.
I've never really worked in fur before but why not. I stripped down the coat, wow, things just aren't made like that anymore. It's interesting to note as well that the hides were all stamped with union stamps. No offshore child labour was used here. While I was taking it apart the cuff gave up some long stored confetti, this coat had seen a good time! So the confetti was put it into one of the new pillows, no point in stopping that journey just yet. Now from that coat there are three new pillows that will be enjoyed way more than an old coat in a closet ever would be.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A while back I put it out there that my wardrobe needed a little work. It still does, as someone who dresses other people I often look like a bit of a yard sale. I don't feel like I have to spend a million dollars or be the consumer extraordinaire to look good, but... that's another post. This post, well, I'm excited. I wanted to up the look a bit, I'm not sure this is what I was thinking....
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Not your everyday book store for sure.... check it out. I could upload a tonne more great shots. Jose and Ian rocked the shoot of all of us, and everyone stepped up and found their inner model (though Carissa doesn't have a mean face in her anywhere!) Thanks so much guys.... you really did rock it out.
Watch to see pics like these up on my website www.matchfactory.ca soon.