November 26, 2007

Rescue me from a bad case of designer's block!

I need your help!


It's a design challenge!

I need your creative ideas for the best pattern or design for this wonderful three yards of felted wool that I absolutely L-O-V-E....purchased at Mood Fabrics during my four day sojourn last winter!

The base fabric is a black medium weight wool and is embellished with "felted" warm gray, light brown and medium brown yarn. There are distinctive "sides" to the fabric. The scale separate the "right" and "wrong" sides.

Here is the "fuzzy"side...

And here is the "yarny" side...

I also purchased a skirt length of a soft brown wool and five yards of a warm gray wool from two different shops on 7th Ave. I used three yards of the gray to make a short swing jacket last winter so I'm down to two yards of the gray.

So there are the raw materials - - any ideas about how best to turn them into a magnificent garment????

Post your thoughts below as a comment!

I can't wait to hear what you think!


November 25, 2007

I have been a tardy girl!

Please please forgive me for not posting since AUGUST but I have been a very busy girl! Since my last post I have launched my one and only offspring to college, replaced my dear mother's hip (well I didnt' actually replace it!), launched Washington DC's first sewing lounge, been busy as he$% at work, and visited my dear dear dear niece, Lauren, in Nicaragua -during their elections! Oh - and then there was OUR election!!! Busy, exciting times!!! Oh yea - and I have been doing a little sewing - which I will post soon - this weekend!

In the meantime waste some time looking at this.....
What's your nerd type?

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Social Nerd

You're interested in things such as politics, psychology, child care, and peace. I wouldn't go so far as to call you a hippie, but some of you may be tree-huggers. You're the type of people who are interested in bettering the world. You're possibly the least nerdy of them all; unless you participate in other activities that paled your nerdiness compared to your involvement in social activities. Whatever the case, we could still use more of you around. ^_^

Science/Math Nerd

Literature Nerd

Artistic Nerd

Drama Nerd


Gamer/Computer Nerd

Anime Nerd

What Be Your Nerd Type?
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November 12, 2007

Bedazzling, Bodacious, Beaded Bookmark

Those crafty ladies at Crafty Daisies have hosted another great swap - BOOKMARKS this time! Here is my swap/gift/treat! I hope my swap-mate likes it! I got the beads at a terrific shop, Bedazzled, in Dupont Circle (Washington DC).

Here are the pics
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Beads from Bedazzled. I love that place!
What better place to christen the beaded bookmark than Tim Gunn's
"Guide to Taste and Style"

And it is marking my FAVORITE (autographed) page and quotation: "Do not force garments into performing psychological tasks for which they were not designed"

Details, details, details!

Sara - - I hope you e
njoy the swap!

And here is the bookmark that my swapmate, Amiorra Zuber, sent to me! I love the envelope as much as the bookmark! Thanks!

November 9, 2007

Garments and Pillows and Quilts - OH MY!!!

A sleek sheath for the fashionistas, a four-square for the quilters and a tasseled pillow for the home decorators - - the centerpieces for the American Sewing Guild annual meeting!