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advanced beginner : ten years of blogging

* shop note: I’ve just added these two new songbirds to the shop – an Indigo Whipple and a Violet Contrarian. I’m adding new pieces every Thursday. Ten Years! This February marks the ten year anniversary of my blog. 10 years of trying stuff and sharing it. Posting my efforts and experiments has made me braver […]

on February 4, 2016 20
textile songbirds

the brown speckled wingnut and other new songbirds

Songbirds are slow work – it’s all slow work I guess but songbirds in particular will not be hurried. They are the boss of me.  I know when I start it’s going to take a long time and I struggle with that for a while – try to speed it up – it never works. […]

on January 28, 2016 6
songbird work

songbird work, a spider and a seedpod

I’m working on a little group of songbirds – some made from Japanese garment fragments and 2 from Edwardian garments.  Their beaks are carved from twigs collected over the summer and their legs are paper mache over wire.  Hoping to have all 6 finished and photographed for next week.  The commitment to add new things […]

on January 21, 2016 4
rag doll # 1

rag doll # 1

Made  of lovely old cloth from Sri Threads. I had such a good time making her – got lost for hours and hours – that’s the prize.  Doll making is like riding a bicycle – both make me feel like I’m 11 again. I’ve already started rag doll # 2 – I have so many doll […]

on January 20, 2016 6
edwardian bird

a scoundrel and an edwardian bird

Last year I focused on creating my first patterns and a couple other large projects and made very little of my own stitch work – the slow sewing I love to do, the creatures I love to make. I’m determined to do more of that this year and to get them into my shop. To […]

on January 14, 2016 5
flamingo kit work

the beacon, the compass, the driving force – my list

Are you a list maker? I work best and most happily when I am diligent about creating thoughtful, daily to do lists. I’m moving multiple, large-ish projects forward at the same time and I would be lost without my list. My list gets me to do things I don’t want to do, things I’m uncomfortable […]

on January 5, 2016 18
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