Monday, September 17, 2012

Play Time

Sometimes you just have to spend some time making whatever the heck you feel like... even if it's completely useless to you in the moment. It's what studio artists call experimentation.

The textile samples above are inspired by the book Stitch Magic by Alison Reid

Below is a robe covered in sashiko stitching from the collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. I've always loved the look of sashiko, which is a Japanese form of quilting using running stitches to cover a piece in patterns, but never tried it. Yesterday I gave a little go of it to mend some holes in few pairs of jeans. I loved the results.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Inspired by: Art Stitchers

Deborah Slabeck Baker,  no title, 2009

Jodi Stevens, taking measurments, 2009

Chris Niver, Fur, 2009

I came across some lovely artists who were new to me this past weekend whilst scuttling around the interweb. I love black line work, especially in thread. I'm not really sure what it is about black thread that I love. I'll have to ponder on that for a while I suppose. 

Thank you to Joetta Maue for sharing the exhibit on her blog, even two years after the date the work is brand new to me and exciting to see.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Made This: Booties and a Tart

A pair of sweet booties I crocheted last weekend for a very special baby who will be arriving in a few months. They were so much fun to make. The pattern comes from one of my favorite crochet books, Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts!: Lacey Crochet from Chronicle Books of course.

A lovely Italian Tart Recipe that always comes out perfect. And by perfect I mean that I can't stop eating it. The original recipe calls for strawberries but this time I couldn't resist the peaches. The Strawberry Italian Tart recipe comes from my favorite food blog, Always With Butter. Thank you, Julie for always sharing the most lovely recipes!

And just one snapshot from my brief but thrilling trip to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. These are hand-carved wooden amulets, I believe from India. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I took so many photos, so to share I think I'll just sprinkle them around the blog here and there... If ever you have the fortune to visit this collection, dedicate a whole day. It's so impressive.