Christmas sweater delivered

I picked up this yarn and pattern kit at the Woodstock Fleece Festival from Linda’s Craftique booth. The pattern is “Whisper Cardigan” designed by Linda Benne, the yarn is Zambezi (kid mohair and silk lace weight) by Fleece Artist. I really liked the flowing design and the construction was so simple – basically a large rectangle with only two small shoulder seams. The yarn comes in amazing colourways and after much debate I chose “Boreal” for my sister’s Christmas present. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

Lately I’ve been craving non-fiction which this book definitely satisfied. Translated by Cathy Porter, it took me awhile to get through and kept me company with my morning coffee for quite a few months. Something about Sofia’s tenacious spirit and the glimpse into her way of life with a major literary giant at such a turbulent period in Russia kept me interested.

Half way through the book I watched The Last Station starring Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as Sofia, absolutely perfect casting. The movie deals with the final months of Tolstoy’s life and the ongoing battle Sofia waged to end Vladimir Chertkov’s influence over Tolstoy. The book and movie made for a good combo.

Journal making experiment in progress

I’ve been experimenting with some different journal forms that are fun to make and use my marbled paper. The covers are .125″ binders board covered in marbled paper with a book cloth spine. The interior is made up of one, 60 page signature which includes a title page that I design using a variety of vintage illustrations.

  

Jonathan Adler squirrels

Lost my heart to these beautiful little creatures. They’re almost as cute as the squirrels that try to raid our bird feeder! At Jonathan Adler. They are destined to be sitting on top of our mantle some time soon!

                    

Kanzashi flowers

I’m making these fun little flowers to pin on a lapel or where ever a bit of whimsy is required. Inspiration and very helpful instructions came from a book called Kanzashi in Bloom by Diane Gilleland. I’m going to be on the hunt now for unusual buttons and fabric with tiny patterns.

Something about bags

I’m in the sewing mood and pulled out a project that I started ages ago and never finished. Love the handles, love the fabric – I just have to figure out how to attach them!

I made this simple butterfly bag to carry my lunch and what have you. I really like how it turned out but it’s it a tad small so it’s on my to do list to make a bigger version.

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Box making

I made this box to hold all of my heirloom sewing and knitting paraphernalia from my Grandmother. I used a metal shear to cut the box pieces so they aren’t perfectly perfect but the marbled paper is really good at camouflaging those kinds of mishaps. The paper I marbled this spring and next time I have a session I should try to make two sheets of each pattern so I have enough to cover larger boxes. This box measures 10.25″ x 7.25″ and I didn’t have enough marbled paper to cover all of the interior so I used some solid paper to complete the centre section. I used a latex based clear coat over the entire box to protect the marbled paper, it gives it a nice sheen.

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