Friday, March 30, 2012

Medieval Texting Gauntlets

I saw these on pinterest and HAD to make them.

Crochet Gauntlets 

This project taught me a lot about crochet and it was nice and quick.

Crochet  Gauntlets

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Project 333 Capsule Wardrove

Since January 1, I've been participating in Project 333. It's a 33-item wardrobe (not including socks, pjs, and workout clothes) for three months. Here's a Polyvore approximation of what I've been wearing.

It's a capsule wardrobe very much in progress. Not everything goes with everything else and there are plenty of things that aren't making it past March. The new 33 is in progress.

Friday, March 23, 2012

My Largest Quilt So Far!

I followed all the instructions in the book. That might have been the biggest challenge making this piece, besides its size. It's going on the wall of my Mom's office and she is quite pleased.

For Mom 

Working on something this large was fun. I wonder how I would handle an applique quilt this big? There's only one way to find out.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tressage Tissu

That's what the French tutorial I used says, at least. There are English instructions, too, farther down. It's not as hard as it looks.

The Front 

It's fragile so it wouldn't bear weight, but what a cool embellishment!

The Back 

Here's the back. Nothing too fancy.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fabric Selection

I was playing around with the patterns for my most recent quilt and it was good luck that I found Simply Seminole, a book about geometric quilts inspired by the Seminole patchwork tradition. I've never made a large quilt before but the idea appeals to me and I wanted to try this technique.

Here's the fabric I've picked for my first pieced quilt. It's for a special person who really likes purple.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The One and The Other One

The One Half and The Other Half (Detail) 

The One Half and The Other Half 15.5" x 10" Machine applique and hand embroidery, cotton. 2012.

The One Half and The Other Half 

A quilt inspired by the costumes in this dream. There were two of them, but their relationship is undefined. They might be siblings or lovers or just best friends. Either way, they're separated right now.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Cat With Many Names


"Failcat" 13.5" x 13.5" Machine pieced and quilted cotton. 2012. 

This is a portrait of my BFF's cat. I thought about portraying Failcat with dirty paws or a half-dead bird (she earned her name!) but I wanted to focus on the adorable tongue she sticks out and the "classic Coke-bottle green eyes" that BFF loves so much.

Failcat, detail 

The piece came out much, much cuter than I intended. The combination of gingham and bandanna-paisley can't have helped. Still, I like how it turned out and I hope Failcat's person will as well. This is the first quilt that will leave my home and that's pretty exciting, even if it is as a gift.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Give Her the Pink Olives

Give Her the Pink Olives

17.5" x 14" Machine appliqued quilting cotton. 2012

The Pink Olives

From a dream, of course. She was a childhood pet who passed away in 2006. Here, I was saving her from dying (a second time?) by feeding her pink olives. Please note, she didn't starve to death (the first time).

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Every Purim since I was 6 or 7, my grandma and I made hamentashen. This is the first year I've made them without her. I've got a tupperware full of the cookies to mail to her. It's not the same, but I'm carrying on the tradition.

Family Hamentashen Recipe 

Above, the ingredients for the family recipe (my great-grandma's) minus the secret ingredient, of course.


They're not burned, either. That's a family tradition that came to an end with me.

Caught in the Garden

Caught in the Garden (detail)

14" x 16" Machine quilting and embroidery on commercially-printed and hand-dyed cotton. 2012.

Caught in the Garden

He or she (this creature is of undetermined sex) has been caught at night trying to eat the plants. Better luck next time, kid.

Monday, March 5, 2012

1580s Dress Sketch and Notes

LAVINIA FONTANA (1552-1614), Portrait of a Noblewoman c.1580. Oil on Canvas. National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Sketch and Notes Detail

You may not know this, but my first historical clothing love was Elizabethan England (or maybe it's obvious.) Last Friday, I was traveling to a job interview by plane over some terrible and tragic weather. The flights were turbulent and I needed to something to take my mind off of the whole situation. Imagine my relief when I turned the page in the airplane magazine to find a full-page reproduction of this portrait! I had something to look at, something to think about, and best of all-- something to draw!

Sketch and Notes of c.1580 Portrait 

Click through to Flickr for larger versions of the sketch to read what's on my mind.

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Hint of Spring


Here's an orange I ate a couple of days ago when the windows were open and it almost -- almost!-- smelled like Spring.