Thursday, 13 August 2015

woodworking tools bag

My mother sent me this lovely photo of a bag she sewed using my woodworking tools fabric

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

free swatch today!

My designs are available on a new type of fabric - sport lycra - so if you've always wanted to make your own swim suit :-), then today you can get a free swatch (including free shipping) of any design in my shop
Here's a link to the description of the new fabric and this is what it looks like!

Friday, 3 July 2015

fabric shots - armadillo bison cardinal

This is what my set-up looks like to try to get good shots of fabric swatches. A white background, a sunny day but no direct sunlight, some white fabric rolled up to "fill" the swatches, and a bit of time to try out different things.

 These are 8x8 inch fabric swatches printed on combed cotton from my collection "Armadillo - Bison - Cardinal" which I wrote about a few months ago. The samples printed with beautiful bright colours, and are now all available for sale in my shop.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

watercolour power tools

I've often mentioned spoonflower contests I enter. Recently I made it into the top ten for the first time which was incredibly exciting. The top ten designs are immediately set for sale and are part of a fat quarter bundle promoted on spoonflower for a week, which means more people see (and hopefully buy!) the design. Spoonflower also takes beautiful pictures of the fabric which are bigger than the fabric swatches I usually get. Here's the photo they took and this is where you can buy the fabric. I love how the colours turned out!

Watercolour power tools is a kind of strange combination, but I got inspiration to make this design from two people. My uncle is a fine woodworker and has an amazing shop where I love to hang out whenever I'm in Manitoba. I recently asked him for some photos of tools to use for a series of designs (here are some others I've made for the series: power saw and woodworking tools).
When I was in the Netherlands at Easter I visited my grandmother who has always encouraged me to try all kinds of things like painting, sewing, knitting and even leather work. I told her a bit about designs I've been working on recently and she gave me a beautiful block of watercolour paper. This was the first painting I worked on. I love the look of the watercolour paint on the fabric, and hope to do some more watercolour designs soon.

Monday, 30 March 2015

armadillo baby bedding

This week for their weekly contest spoonflower teamed up with carousel designs, a design studio which offers custom baby bedding. The winner's design will be offered for sale through spoonflower as one of carousel design's lines of bedding. The theme was something I'm not very familiar with - Southwest US, but it was fun to research the theme, come up with ideas and colours and then for the whole design to come together. Here's the design I came up with, featuring three animals native to the southwest - the armadillo, bison and desert cardinal, as well as lots of cactus plants and diamonds.

Here's a mock-up from the carousel site to show how the fabric would look as baby bedding. I designed two coordinates (one is the blue diamonds below), and want to make a few more.

There are very many amazing designs in this contest. If you want to, head here to take a look and vote! (voting closes this Wednesday).

Thursday, 26 March 2015

a new type of fabric - minky

I sell fabric on spoonflower where its possible to choose from many different types of fabric with my design printed on it. Every once in a while there is a new type of fabric available, and a few weeks ago minky was added. When I ordered my fox I got a little mini swatch in the package and wanted to share some pictures so you can get an idea of what the new fabric looks like. This page introduces the new fabric. Its very soft, a little bit stretchy and has a bright white background. All of my designs are now also available on minky fabric.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

another sock monkey

At the beginning of the year I decided to finish one old unfinished project every month. (Actually, I thought I'd try every week, but that was a bit overambitious :-)). Last month I finished these little booties, and in February I finished this very pink sock monkey.

I bought these socks years ago with the plan to make a sock monkey out of them, at the same time that I made this monkey. The socks sat in my sewing box for years and now I finally got around to sewing them. Its such a nice pattern (there's a very clear tutorial with lots of photos here), but it does make a difference what kind of socks you use, i.e. how long the socks are, how big the feet are they're for. Its kind of cool how a few snips and stitches can transform a pair of socks.