Ah, May Day—that strange holiday of spring flowers and workers’ rights, that special day that evokes both pagan rituals and the Haymarket riots. Inspired by the coneshaped flower holders traditionally made and shared on this day, I decided this week to make flower baskets like those described in The Magic of Kirigami by Florence Temko,
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I have been a bit bogged down in juggling too many distracting—and ultimately unsuccessful—handmaking efforts over the past few weeks (you can read my lamentations of process v. product here). But I’ve met with success in one project—I completed these embroidered tea towels:
I applied my amateur sashiko method, using pumpkin-colored sashiko thread (from
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I’m a big fan of the cloth napkin. There’s really been no place for throw-aways in my home for a number of years. And when I find that I have a big-enough bit of fabric hanging around after finishing some sewing project (17″ square is enough for my purposes), I’ll occasionally whip up a napkin
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So here is a little more octopus love, this time in the form of an embellished sweater. This project, like just about everything I’m up to lately, is part of my Wardrobe Refashion pledge. I found the sweater, a basic minty green merino wool pullover, a couple of weeks ago at City Opera
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