Tag Archives: fabric

Then there’s that.

Then again, Eily has since become much better at appreciating the handmade. To the extreme, i might add. Some examples:

Some spoonflower fabric he’s designed. His plan is that i make him a shirt and he will wear it to the Butterfly Conservatory and wait for butterflies to land on him.


A Paint interpretation of flies he’s tied (for fly fishing):


And some actual flies:



I revived my sewing room, thanks to some new shelves. Every so often, it’s good to reassess how i store my wool and fabrics for the most ease of use.

Plus it’s so tremendously satisfying to organize.

Blueberry Dye

I had this pillow that i made from a scrap of fabric that really i only bought because it paired nicely with the red one, which i loved. Besides a few silver berries painted on it, the pillow case was very very white. So after i made both cases, the red went on the couch and the white went into a bag in the attic. Indeed, white has no chance of lasting in my living room.

I’m not a big fan of storing things in case i need them later. Truthfully, the day i can place a white pillow on my couch seems a long way off.

Instead, a found a book on my shelf on natural dyes, sourced 200 grams of blueberries in my freezer, and went to work mordanting the fabric (with alum and cream of tarter) and preparing the dyestuff (aka blueberries). I wanted only a light shade of grey so a natural dye seemed the way to go. It such a subtle change but actually several shades darker than the original white.


Mustard yellow

It’s that time of year when i start looking for hair bands again, anything to keep loose strands out of my eyes.

This is made with cotton jersey and i just couldn’t resist the colour.

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pajama day

I found some pj pants at the swap – blue and covered in construction trucks – and didn’t discover they were 100% polyester until Eily had fallen head over heels in love with them. the only way to get them off was to promise a new, better pair. so off we went to the fabric store on the afternoon of the weather “bomb” that was to hit southern ontario, one week before halloween when university guys were trying to figure out how much pink chenille they would need for their pillow custome. needless to say: terrible timing. but Eily found some fabric and when I showed him the finished product after he came home from school yesterday, he practically jumped out of his jeans to get in them. I believe his perfect day would be an all day pajama day.

roller blind #1

Today was my first attempt at revamping one of the many roller blinds in this house with new fabric and existing hardware. The first thing I learned was: get new hardware! But hey, it’s still a better way to display this lovely piece of batik that was sitting forgotten in the fabric pile and the previous blind was completely in tatters. I also learned there’s a local source for roller blind kits. I’m not quite ready to call this post “roller blinds are #1” but more are definitely in the works.