An Etui for Youi

etui12Traveling this summer? Then you need a portable sewing kit or etui like this to carry all your sewing needs. It’s easy to make and small enough to fit into your purse, glove compartment, saddle bags, or under the seat in front of you.

etui10This little etui measures about 5″ x 6″ and is made with felt and a stiff interfacing like Timtex. Stitched together by hand, it holds your scissors, thimble, needles, and pins. Click here for directions on how to make your etui.

Planning Ahead?

listmakingDo you have to plan ahead all the time like me? What’s your secret for success?

One of my challenges is preparing for events that are weeks, months, or even a year ahead of now. It’s important to be organized so I’m not caught off guard. (I can’t not tell you have often this happens!)

Right now I’m preparing to teach several classes at World Quilt New England in Manchester, NH. One of them is called Another Nut House (based on actual experience.) Would you like to see what this class is all about? Here’s a link to a video so you can preview the class offering: click Another Nut House.

Escaping Color to Color

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Mixing the blues!

It’s been a long two weeks of dyeing. Each day, I dye pearl cotton thread in my basement studio, hand wash it out, and hang it up to air dry. It’s colorful but messy work.

gardenflowersWhat a relief to escape the dye studio and enjoy the colors of my garden. Early summer truly is the best time of year for a stroll through the foliage. Flowers like poppies are in full bloom. Our new crop of zinnias cheerfully fill the world with color. And the mosquitoes greet me gleefully. How does your garden grow?

A Great Idea!

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Pam of Ithaca and her artwork.

I get the best ideas from my creative students. Meet Pam, who attended my class in Ithaca, NY in April. To my delight she walked into the classroom with this gorgeous embroidery of her hand. She says her hand-embroidery on silk was inspired by the Hand of Fortune project from Joyful Stitching.

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A tracing of my grandson’s hand, age 3.5.

 

And then she gave me a gift.

Pam suggested tracing those tiny hands of our children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews and stitching them too. What a great way to commemorate the growth of a child!

Thank you Pam for sharing your artwork and your stupendous idea.

Can You Name This Colorway?

rhubarbthread2My heart goes out to those who must give names to every paint swatch in Home Depot. Thinking up color names for the fabric and threads I dye is so very taxing. Ah, the drudgery of it all!

Thankfully I have friends and family with imaginations. They have helped me name most of the colorways dyed for Artfabrik. Can you guess what this colorway is called?

rhubarb2Rhubarb! Yes, you are correct! Today I picked my rhubarb, gave it a bath, and froze it for future rhubarb goodies that, with any luck, someone else will make.

With a Light Heart

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With a Light Heart by Laura Wasilowski

Soon I’ll be packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilters Affair.

One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for the charity, Wish Upon a Card. My donation this year, With a Light Heart, measures about  4″ x 6″ and is free- form hand embroidered on wool. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.

Here is a quick video about this little free-form embroidery. Enjoy!