Wednesday, December 30, 2009
we spent the day running around williamsburg and visiting shops. i finally got to experience sweet william. a brilliant children's store that carries my dolls. it was lovely. so many perfectly sweet/edgy clothes, toys, accessories. owner bronagh staley has a beautiful vision. i was so inspired when i left i drew all through dinner and on the train back to long island. the drawing i posted is one of many new dolls that will be added to my line. oh how i wish i had a sewing machine in my pocket. i'll have to wait till i get back to my studio before anything can be realized. i'm thinking hot pink corduroy and a tinie tiny floral print for the inside of the ears. i also have several bolts of delicious velvet. mmmmm velvet bunny of super cuteness!
time to get back to drawing. i want to figure out a spindle peacock.
love love happy holidays!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
just finished stitching the last mouth and eye. 9 fresh little faces. a handful of these darlings will find themselves in brooklyn at sweet william. i used every colour of linen i had in my stash. bits of antique kimono cloth and vintage italian silk ties make their clothes. how i love these soft and sweet little girls. they would have been my most favorite doll as a small child.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
so it has been awhile since i've posted. i've been packing. i moved my studio yesterday and organized it today. sort of. our apartment isn't going to be ready in time so for a week i will have a live work space. yikes!
i had a very productive day. i got a batch of mushroom men stuffed and all of my fabric arranged by colour:) i still have a few things to bring over. i'll keep you posted on anything exciting that happens.
i watched the goats eat outside my window today while i sewed. i have an even prettier view. little girl is guarding the space. oh happiness.
i'm a very lucky girl.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
hello hello. i've been busy knitting the last two days and listening to the rain and wind blow. i'm very lucky. i have the great fortune to be writing four knitting pattens for a natural dye book. this is a taste of what is to come. i'll post more info in a couple of days. enjoy.
Monday, September 28, 2009
i have great big batch of cute boxed up and ready for an adventure. these little darlings are headed to north carolina. nested is a beautiful shop located in carborro. jenny does an amazing job of collecting unique and well designed products to make your home, well.....your home.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
i finished these 2 lovelies this morning. i've been meaning to make more for quite some time. i think i just didn't have the right fabric.
i went to one of my favorite thrift stores and scored a really pretty silk tie with tiny flowers on it. as soon as i got home i harvested the fabric. i went through my antique kimono fabric and picked out something pretty. patterns out ans scissors at the ready i cut the last of that linen, and poof..... with a needle and thread i stitched some sweet little eyes and called them done.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
just finished sewing up a pile of kitty skins. it's a batch of bright cotton velvets and corduroy with a dash of foiled linen. i should be posting there progress through out the week. i'm really excited about all the colour. most of the fabric i scored at scrap. i love being able to reuse fabric that otherwise would end up in the landfill. alright back to stuffing and embroidering.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
so i've been busily working on 2 very cute patterns for another softie book. it will be published in australia like the other 2. i know it is going to be a good one. the other softies books are super. this one is all about hand sewing and geared towards children. i have everything ready to ship off tomorrow. i really want to show pictures but i don't want to spoil the surprise.
other then that today i spent most of my time doing production sewing for jess brown. i got another bag full of dolls done. soon they will be dressed and off to adventure in the world.
the lighting isn't any good in my sewing room so i'll have to wait till morning to take pictures of the new spindle mushrooms. i heart them:) they are very noodle-y!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
this little batch of darlings is headed to brooklyn. i've introduced a few new colours to create this cheerful bunch. if there is one that you love and must have stop over at sweet william and give them a squeeze.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
oh! how i love these guys. i tried something new to keep it interesting. i mixed in some new fabrics. scraps of course hemp, brown velvet, and foiled linen go nicely with the wool felt. i added 2 new shapes also. the tall spindly mushrooms in the back. i think i'm very close to having 27 different mushroom shapes. big happy family.
Monday, August 17, 2009
i've spent the last couple of days sewing, sewing, sewing, and sewing a little more. i try to post a new batch of soft sculpture as soon as they get completed.
i'm so pleased with the colours of this batch. it always makes me smile when i see them all together.
there is more to come shortly. i have a bunch of mushrooms in the works and some sweet faced girls. i'll try to get them done while is still shining.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
i was taking a break from production and drew up this little fellow. i think he has a very sweet face. i think i'll add some more stitching before i call him finished. he will go up for sale in my shop soon. hope you enjoy him as much as i do.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
they are finally finished. a brand new batch of tiny mushrooms. they will accompany me to n.y.c. tomorrow. we are of to bubble with jess brown. i designed these tiny mushrooms to go with her oh so very sweet girls. i'll take some pictures of the booth and post them once i'm there. i saw part of the dollies dressed and they were of course stunning.
one of them had a dress i would die for.
that is all for now. enjoy these little fellows. they are just the beginning.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
this morning i've been buzzing around the house catching up. i've been sick the past couple of days. but oh how i finally feel human again.
i was winding some lace weight bamboo and as i took it off the ball winder i thought....what a beautiful simple thing this is. so i thought i would share. i love finding beauty in every day objects.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
i'm sitting in the omaha airport waiting to fly back to s.f. i had a wonderful week with friends and family in south dokota and iowa. my grandmother turned 93! she is the reason why i do what i do.
to pass time which there seems to me more of out here i knit tiny shawls for jess brown's sweet little dollies.
Monday, July 6, 2009
hello hello. these are my oh so small mushroom men that are designed to pair up with jess brown's rag dolls. if are un familiar with jess brown designs you should check her out. she makes the most beautiful sweet girls ever...and there are lovely boys too.
i'm in the process of drawing up a few more shapes. they will be available in august.
they will be made primarily out of this lovely natural cotton, a variety of linen, felt, and maybe some antique silk and liberty fabric.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
friday i went to the city and this is what i found at scrap. if you have never been..it is quite a trip. there is a lot to look at at. scrap is what it sounds like. a warehouse full of scraps. fabric, glass, metal bits, thread, paper. it is a bit overwhelming. but if you stay focused you can find all sorts of linen and cotton and bias tape, and some lovely brown velvet.
all of what you see will become owls, and kitties. it makes me happy:)
if all goes well i'll have some pictures later today.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
today when i was at work i mostly knit and looked at the sunshine outside. i finished my third elizabeth zimmerman baby surprise jacket. i need to weave in the ends and sew the two sleeve seems. when those final details are done i'll take a picture and share.
i also started drawing russian dolls. i think they would make very pretty something in fabric.
i'm playing around with the idea of doing several series. starting with mushrooms a-z.
they would of course start with a drawing.....turn into a doll.....and then become a painting. what do you think?
i'm starting after i've finished my dinner. which i'm eating now.
see you soon.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
oh boy! i have had he most wonderful week. i took the mushroom men to maude on friday. i had such a positive response that as soon as i got done with work on saturday i started a whole new batch. cute as they may be on their own....in a cluster nestled on the couch they totally make me die. so here are some pictures of happy mushroom families.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
i just finished 6 new mushroom men. all different shapes and sizes. oh how i would love to keep them all.
they are to maude with me tomorrow along with 5 new kitties. i will miss them.
i have 5 more on my work table. they will have to wait to sunday when i have time to play with my piles of felt.