Knitting, sewing, printing, spinning and other crafty endeavors that I work on while my baby boys nap

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Hand-printed fabric swap

The other day I received some lovely hand printed fabric all the way from Australia, which propelled me into a frantic and wonderful screen-printing session.  I had not printed in over a month, and it made me realise how much I needed some creative time.  Hopefully I will get set up in the basement soon.

lovely natural hand-printed linen from Lisa
fabric ready to be mailed

my test print.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Handprinted Fabric Swap

Thank you to Leslie Keating of onegirl  for putting this together.  I am excited to have this excuse to get back to printing.  The past month or so have been a blur of returning to work full time, starting daycare for the boys, buying a house and moving (and redoing flooring and painting - ourselves)  This is the little push that I need.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Away for a while

It's been quite a long time since my last post, and considering the way life is at the moment, it may be a while until I do any crafting, photography or blogging.  Since my last post I have started taking the boys to daycare, returned to teaching and started looking for a house.  I long for a few quiet moments to gather my thoughts and to sketch, hand embroider, sew, and to play with fabric and colour.  It will come.  Someday.  Just not at the moment.

In the meantime, some photos of my summer.  Most are taken at a lovely cottage near Algonquin Park.  We were there in August for a glorious week of visiting small country museums and farmer's markets, swimming, playing in the sand, feeding ducks, knitting and embroidering.  Seems like a lifetime ago.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

crafter's anxiety

I am experiencing bouts of indecision, feelings of guilt, feelings of being overwhelmed by all the work I could and should be doing. The result is that I stay up at night thinking about sewing projects, my piles of fabric waiting to be sewn, printed on, re-purposed etc.  Am also thinking about new screen printing designs, how to modify old ones, how to design to fit the scale of an actual product in opposed to just printing on odd shapes of fabric which invariably end up being turned into patchwork.

Last night all of this negative energy and panic turned into a rather productive, and even exhilarating evening of speedy patchwork,  No measurement, very little planning.  The way I like to work.    It's strange that the one thing that is really supposed to calm me down, force me to slow down, to allow me to think creatively, should be the cause of such unrest and panic.  Does this sound familiar to anyone else out there?

Thursday, 9 June 2011

slow stiching and thrifting

Since I returned from Poland I haven't been able to pick up enough momentum to get back to screen printing or sewing.  Somehow there always seem to be other more important things to do.  I have however done a bit of embroidery on some of my silk screened fabric and have had some luck finding some second hand treasures.  Among other things, a beautiful handwoven pure wool blanket, a fair isle knit wool blend blanket and an adorable emerald green jacket, which need s a bit of work, and maybe a little embellishment.  I love garage sale season.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Vintage Linen



While in Poland I visited a few second hand shops and scoured their fabric and table ware sections in search of vintage linen fabric, tea towels, napkins etc.  When my grandmother caught wind of this she pulled out this beautiful light teal embroidered linen tablecloth and handed it to me. It had a few stains and holes and I immediately thought it would be perfect to cut up and use in sewing and patchwork projects.  Then i asked my grandmother where it was from.  Her answer : "It was my mother's.  It is as old as I am."  Hmm, she just turned ninety.  Now I am thinking that this is far to precious to cut up.  Maybe I should restore it, or use it in it's entirety to make a quilt.  Maybe I should just leave it as it is and keep it safe.

Monday, 30 May 2011

An edited collection of the photos taken of hundreds of old houses in Poland, mostly in my mother's home town of Jedrzejow.  What attracts me to these buildings are the shapes, colours, textures and layers.  The patchwork of materials, the weathered surfaces, partially exposing other layers of texture and colour.  In fairness, these photos are not representative of what most houses in Poland look like, as most old houses in recent years have either been demolished or renovated.