I've been on the waiting list but was thrilled to find out I'm accepted to City of Craft
! I haven't had much time lately to share my craft projects, but for now here's a sneak peek at the new pincushions I'll be bringing with me. This weekend I'll be making some pompom bird ornaments, and hoping to find some nice branches for my table to display them on!
This year the show is on December 8th and 9th, and there are three locations, 1087, 1093 and 1095 Queen Street West. As far as I'm concerned that's a whole bunch of craft shopping temptation.
Here's a last minute post before the show tomorrow!
I have new crocheted pincushions, needle books and vintage jars with sewing supplies.
I also have the cake stand in the picture and another one as well and other vintage odds and ends. Can't wait for the show!
Guess what? There's a Spring City of Craft
show April 21st! I'm excited to be a vendor, and already thinking about how I will fill my table. For rummage I think I will have some vintage mason jars filled with vintage craft supplies and for the handmade part I will have all the usual goods, wristlets, bags and needle books, and possibly some fresh pompom birds just for Spring. The only problem is how I will manage to stay at my own table. More details and pictures coming soon!
My favourite fabric so far is a new version I designed of the Art Deco Parrot
, this time in a blue, white and grey colour scheme.
I ordered a yard so I could make a pair of cushions in the cotton-linen blend fabric they offer. Being able to design the fabric myself was great because I actually adjusted the scale slightly so that I could fit two cushions with parrots down the middle of the front and back with just 1 yard.
Here's a picture of the cushions:
I love this fabric, it has a bit of weight to it and the nice feel of linen while the cotton makes it less floppy than pure linen. Incidentally, I also love the new Kona cotton that Spoonflower is now offering for a quilting weight fabric.
So I feel I've finally reached the point where I can design exactly what I want to decorate the home without having to compromise. I'd like to do curtains too, but that's a lot more expensive so it may be a while!
This week was busy with illustration work but I did manage to do a last minute entry to the Spoonflower contest with the topic "bicycles". It's called Paris Poodle
, a poodle bringing home her baguette. One time, I did actually see someone bicycling home in Paris with a baguette sticking out of their basket, but it wasn't a poodle. I have to be honest. You can vote for Spoonflower bicycle fabrics here
Last week's contest had the topic "jellyfish". I didn't think that topic would inspire me, but sometimes you can be surprised at what you'll come up with in these situations. It turns out jellyfish are kind of a popular motif right now, I didn't know that. I'm still loving mustard, so that's the colour scheme I chose for my jellyfish design (Jellyfish Drift
), but I'm finding I've also veered into loving yellow too. Especially with white and grey. In the case of Paris Poodle
I think yellow works because it's a more whimsical design.
I've ordered samples of both so I can put them up for sale when the swatches arrive. There are lots of new fabrics in my Spoonflower shop
now, including the Yellow Rose
print I've shown previously, and a blue and white version of the Art Deco Parrot
fabric, my current favourite. I ordered a yard of the cotton linen to make cushions so I'll show you those in another post.
I finally made a camera strap cover thanks to this clever tutorial by the lovely Karyn
! Here's a link to a post about her new strap
, and here's a link to the original tutorial
As usual I managed to do things my own way, which wasn't really a good thing. The bit I didn't notice right away is that Karyn used the selvedge to cover the seam which would have been particularly perfect as this fabric has a cute scallop line detail on the selvedge. But I only had a small strip of fabric left from making a tote so I had no choice but to fold the edge over and stitch it together that way. Because I barely had enough fabric I hand stitched the seam so I could make sure it was perfectly snug.
Also I didn't have any Steam a Seam 2 to fuse the fabric to the old strap, but the interfacing kept the fabric from puckering and all the top stitching holds it securely in place.
The end results are wonderful, the strap is just as functional as it was before but sooo much prettier.
p.s. you may notice that the fabric design in my last post has changed! I ended up changing it at the last minute because I thought it was a bit too busy. Anyway scroll down and have a look if you like.
I always wish you could zoom in a bit more to see the fabrics better, especially with the small scale prints, so I thought would show you a close up of my design "Under the Sea"
(you can also click on it to see it larger):
The main thing that doesn't show up is that I added a linen texture to the background.
p.s. I've been busy sewing too, there are lots of new wristlets in the shop
The current Spoonflower contest has been my favourite so far. The theme was Art Deco with a limit of four colours. I was looking through my books and found a wonderful book I actually forgot I had. It's called Art Deco Textiles
by Alain-René Hardy. Here's a link:
I've always loved textiles of course, but now that I'm actually designing them I've been revisiting my bookshelves and finding lots of help and inspiration. This book is absolutely packed with full-colour gorgeous pictures of Art Deco textiles. I bought it for the pictures, but I did start to read it as well and learned that Raoul Dufy created over a thousand Art Deco textile patterns. I was interested to learn that because I have always loved his paintings so much.
I also learned that tropical motifs were popular and decided to use that as a starting point for my design. I think the main reason I love Art Deco designs is that flora and fauna is so prevalent and I never tire of a pretty floral fabric or the charm that animals can add to a design.
I was really happy with my design, but after voting today I'm humbled by all the incredible designs this week. You can see them all and vote for your favourites here
As I seem to have really taken to fabric design, I've invested in some fabric design books to help me learn some new techniques. I'll post more of them as I go along, but to start out I recommend Kim Kight's A Field Guide to Fabric Design
. I've been following Kim's blog True Up blog
since it started, and have always found it to be a source of fabric and sewing inspiration. So her new book came just at the right time for me as I was starting out with fabric design:
This book is small enough to not be intimidating, while being full of great tutorials and inspiration. The first thing I needed help with was how to design repeats in Photoshop and Illustrator and this book has nice clear tutorials on this. It also covers hand printing and digital printing, and even covers topics related to selling your designs. The best part for me was to have a book that's up-to-date and full of the kind of fabrics I love and sew with myself.
As I'm spending a lot of time on Spoonflower lately, I happened across Kim's guest post
where she gives a bonus tutorial for her book's Blog Tour launch. So today I used her tutorial to add a printed selvedge to my fabric and I love the effect.
I'm still working on the collection of fabrics that started with the one at the top of this post, I decided to create some vintage inspired fabrics that I would want myself. When you love vintage fabric it can be hard sometimes to find the yardage or style you want for your projects, so this is the perfect solution. I'm looking forward to being able to print these designs in any fabric and order as much as I need!
This is the little item I mentioned a while back that I was working on after City of Craft. She's a very small rabbit made from cashmere wool knit fabric and she has a little floral dress with lace trim, a crocheted lace cap and blue and white polka dot bag.
She's in my shop
as of today, along with lots of wristlets
and the last chickadee clutch
. I've been meaning to list these things for some time. It seems my inspiration to take photos doesn't always go along with sunny days. But I've done my best!
I've finally sewn up my own copy of my Spoonflower baby book Animal Friends
. I have two copies so I have one in my Etsy shop
I added quilt batting to the cover to give it some structure. But all the other little pages are just soft cotton fabric - perfect for chewing.
I sewed up one of the little animals that comes with the book just to see how it would look. One tip if you make them yourself is to roughly cut out the shapes, then line them up together by holding them up to the light. Pin them in place. Then after you sew them together you can trim them. I just added wavy lines around the animals anyway, you don't need to sew exactly on the lines!
If you'd like to sew your own, the fabric is available in my Spoonflower shop here
I've been keeping busy with the Spoonflower contests
and learning so much while doing them. My Bluebell field
fabric was #2 a couple of weeks ago and my Weekend Bread
fabric was #7 this week! So now they're both for sale in my Spoonflower shop
The current contest was good practice making a set of coordinates. I called mine French Seaside
, and it includes a polka dot, a stripe, seagulls and a French yacht pattern. The set needed to include a dots and a stripe print, but I also created an extra print of a striped beach chair and made them each as separate prints to go along with the four-in-one coordinate fabric.
Sometimes you get caught up in making the illustrations, but I always like to make sure the result is a fabric I would actually like to sew with. And even better if I can picture a specific project for it. In this cases I was inspired by beach houses in soft grey and cream, like the beautiful one (Shell Cottage) in the last Harry Potter movie. If I was decorating a beach house I would like prints like these.
Once again inspired by the pompom festival at City of Craft I used pompoms to decorate our winter wreath. I was also inspired by some beautiful wreaths I've seen made from succulents. I love the mix of blue-greens.
So this one is essentially a tube (5" x 36") of thick wool fabric sewn together into a circle then squeezed into a wire frame to hold its shape. It was a bit of a rush job, so I think I may add some more details later, but for now it just has a few wool leaves sewn on, then pompoms and wool flowers clustered in one corner at the bottom. To finish it off I added a velvet ribbon and a store-bought bird that was amongst our decorations pinned in place in the centre.
This wreath was very easy to make, just cut flowers from wool felt in a variety of sizes and colours and layer them up, then create a few pompoms. I pinned everything in place before sewing it down to make sure I liked the arrangement. If you want to be extra quick you could bring out the glue gun and attach everything that way. Another option is to use a wreath form and cover it with yarn wound around it, then attach the decorations.
Happy holidays to everyone!
|Spoonflower photos here|
My latest Spoonflower contest was a baby book. Mine is called Animal Friends
and it fits on a fat quarter. With a yard you get two books and two sets of matching stuffed animal characters.
My entry was #8! As before when you're in the top ten your fabric is printed by Spoonflower and becomes available for sale. You can find my book here
I thought I would show some pictures so you can see it larger and also how the pages look in spreads once the book is cut out and arranged.
You can click on them to see them larger. Here they are:
I finally had a chance to hem my Spoonflower tea towel calendar! It's formatted for cotton-linen so that each fat quarter is a tea towel. The fabric arrived with some crop marks in the corner so you just trim the fabric so that it's straight then hem. I ironed the hem on both sides, then cut a little triangle from the corner to reduce bulk before sewing. It's really very quick and easy.
Here's another picture:
I haven't washed the fabric yet, and it has a little stiffness so that it actually hangs nicely on the wall with just two pins at either corner.
Available onSpoonflower here
|Wool pompom wood thrush, stunning photography by Celine Kim|
This is a little glimpse of my table from City of Craft. I had painted some branches for my display and they turned out to be perfect for hanging my wool pompom bird ornaments. These birds were definitely the stars at my table, they sold out at A Handmade Holiday, then at City of Craft by noon on Saturday and the few more I managed to make in the evening were gone by the end of day two.
I didn't invent pompom birds, but I think people liked the way these birds have a mix of colours that make them really looked like chickadees, or, (pictured above) a wood thrush. After the first batch I took Kalpna
's suggestion and added glass bead eyes. This one was my favourite, so I'm extra happy it was captured in a beautiful photograph by the talented show photographer Celine Kim
As always I'm left stunned by the incredible skill of lovely Becky
in creating and managing such a wonderful, inspiring and also really really fun craft show. I can show you the treats I brought home in another post, but it was also about meeting new people, chatting about crafts and being inspired by everyone's creations, and, of course, winning a prize at Nutso
(thanks to Chevaux de Bois
for the Nutso board and Bespoke Uprising
for donating my lovely fabric bundle prize!). Thank you to all the friends how visited, I loved seeing everyone.
Yesterday I was so tired I just watched a lot of tv and did a little quiet hand sewing for something I had the notion to make but no time until now. hint: she will make her appearance in my next post once her accessories are finished!
I finally finished some new wristlets in time for City of Craft - well they just need their snaps.
Can't wait for tomorrow! Well, I can wait because there's still so much to do but you know what I mean.
My Snowy Feathers fabric was #3 in the Spoonflower contest this week! I didn't overwork this one because I wanted a sketchy look, but I wasn't sure about it.
Sometimes you just can't see your work clearly. So I was very happy it did well, and once again I get to see a photo of my fabric (before it arrives in the mail) and it's available in my shop
Next contest is the baby book contest, which I had so much fun doing. Well, and I worked really hard on it. I was doing revisions up until the last minute. This is mine:
|*click on the picture to see it larger.*|
It's designed so that you get a complete book in a fat quarter, and I created mine so that if you order a yard you get two books plus two sets of stuffies:
You can see everyone's baby books and vote for your favourites here
And lastly, here's a new bird clutch, this time in a green plaid fabricI got at the Workroom from Karyn at one of the vintage Trunk shows. Because as much as I love Spoonflower, right now for me it's still all about City of Craft!
Lots of things to share with you today. First of all, I just got a spot in City of Craft 2012! Yay! I'm so happy to be in this show again this year.
My 2011 holiday cards are printed and I'm cutting and folding today. These ones are in a square format. I found the perfect square envelopes on Etsy at this lovely shop: Papier Lapin
. Helen is so friendly and even arranged for local pick-up so I didn't have to wait. Not to mention saving on shipping. It's hard to find square envelopes, and the ones in her shop are even eco-friendly. I'll have this card design available in sets or single cards at all my craft shows coming up.
And last, but not least, I had so much fun creating my Spoonflower contest entry this week for the topic "Kites". Some animal friends flying kites in a field on a windy day. I always like a limited palette.
The amazing thing about Spoonflower is that you can make your designs available for sale and you receive royalties. To sell a fabric you need to proof a sample yourself so not all my designs are available yet, but here's a link to my Spoonflower shop
. I've ordered a proof of my Storybook Cottage tea towel calendar fabric so that should be in the shop soon.
p.s. I did receive my Green Garden sample fabric, and I would like to show you (thank you for asking Kristen!) but now I can't find it. Hopefully that will turn up soon...
Sometimes I find myself sort of compulsively making things that nobody really needs. A case of "the heart wants what it wants" I guess. In this category you will find my miniature origami books. While I originally intended them for dollhouses (and dolls) I discovered this morning that I also like them as little tree ornaments.
These are the first items I've made for sale under my "tiny handmade
" label and I thought I would make a little squirrel logo to grace the packaging.
I've made lots of tiny handmade book sets in red/pinks and green/blues and yellow/golds. They would make a sweet present for the dreamer in your life. And they will be available at Crafternoon Tea this Saturday. My recommendation: come for the crafts, give-aways and raffles then stay for tea.
Saturday, November 26 at 11am - 5pm
at Queen St East Presbyterian Church
947 Queen St East at Carlaw, Toronto, ON M4M 1J9
Getting ready for the pompom party tonight at the Workroom. More details here
. Everyone is welcome!
The Workroom1340 Queen Street West
|My Spoonflower Green Garden fabric washed and trimmed|
I did finally manage to find my Spoonflower Green Garden fabric! Iordered a fat quarter and I thought I would show you what I've donewith it. I've been wanting to make some pencil cases for ages so that's what I made.
I ordered the quilt weight cotton, so I added a thin layer of muslin to back it, and then used a thicker solid green cotton for the back of the pencil case. Gingham seemed like the obvious choice for the interior.
I'll be bringing pencil cases to my next craft show, A Handmade Holiday this Saturday in Kensington market. This show also happens to be the launch of the Kid Icarus screen printed 2012 calendar. I illustrated April and I can't wait to see the finished calendar. The calendar is a limited edition of 125 priced at $80.
Here are all the details:A Handmade HolidayTime:
Saturday December 3rd 2011 (one day only)Time:
11:00am – 6:00pmLocation:
St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave (College and Bellevue)
My Green Garden fabric is also available at Spoonflower.com
, and this week fat quarters are 2-for-1! A really good deal I've taken advantage of myself to order extras of my kite fabrics. My shop now also has my Storybook Cottage calendar which is formatted for cotton-linen fabric - perfect for tea towels.
There's so much going on getting ready for craft shows but I am loving the fabric design so much lately. And two Spoonflower contests sparked my interest. The first (starting today) is "feathers". This was my design, Snowy Feathers
(this is what a fat quarter looks like):
Then the week after that is "bells" so I thought I would work on that one at the same time. My design is called Bluebell Field
. The picture at the top is the 8 x 8" swatch size, and here's what a fat quarter looks like:
This contest called for a small scale print. I think small scale prints are my favourite, they're nice for quilts and I also like to make little things like pouches so they work for that too. For things like curtains I would go bigger - Snowy Feathers
It takes a while for my sample to be printed and then mailed to Canada, but you can't make your designs available for sale until you receive a proof of your design. So I thought I would get a jump on it this time so if someone likes a print they don't have to wait for weeks until it's available. I've already sold some of my Green Garden
and Storybook Cottage
tea towel calendar fabric and I can tell you it was very exciting.
Don't forget, the 2-for-1 fat quarter sale is going on all week! You can combine any designs in fat quarter sizes and you will see the discount right away in your shopping cart. This is going on until Friday December 2nd.
I had an email from Spoonflower this morning, my Kite Friends
fabric was in the top ten for this weeks design contest! It snuck in at #10. I was thrilled. Extra fun: getting to see pics of my fabric
before it's arrived in my mailbox. Since it was in the top ten, this design is now available in my shop
. *Today is the last day of 2-for-1 fat quarters.*
And a last minute reminder about A Handmade Holiday this Saturday. I love this video insight
into the Kid Icarus shop and creative process. I also spotted my plaid coffee sleeve in the third shot!
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Here's something new I created for City of Craft
coming up this weekend. It's a new design - a larger clutch with a wool felt chickadee applique on the front. Inside there's a matching wool tweed facing and then a faux bois fabric lining on the bottom. I busted out my fancy new floral labels for this one!
I also made some new pompom birds since the last batch sold out at the Handmade Holiday show last weekend. Thanks so much to everyone who visited. I picked up a few nice treats myself.
Here are the details on City of Craft this weekend:
City of Craft
December 10 & 11
The Theatre Centre 1087 Queen St. West
Thrush Holmes Empire 1093 Queen St. West
As you see, this year there is an additional venue, the Thrush Holmes Empire. I'm in the Theatre Centre again, downstairs in the middle of the left wall as you walk in facing the stage. I love City of Craft, and I'm predicting that it will be as wonderful as always. Hope to see you there!