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Monday, 17 September

23:49

8 Artisans Who Make Beautiful and Unique Paper Jewelry By Hand All Things Paper

It's been awhile since my last paper jewelry post... not because I didn't want to do another; heck no, it's one of my favorite topics! Just thought I'd better give other types of paper art and craft...

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23:38

Insta love: wovvven Little Treasures

 
 
 
 
Some people have magical hands. They take a skein of yarn and a handful of fibers and create amazing stories that feast  the eyes and caress the soul.
 
Wovvven - the weaver, the fiber whisperer.
 

 

18:49

The Refashioners 2018: Charlie makery

Kicking off week 3 (how are we at week 3 already?!!) is Charlie Taking her inspiration from Leandra Mendine wearing Rosie Assoulin and using these two thrifted garments as her starting point She has managed... Read The Post

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Sunday, 16 September

20:47

Denim Midi Skirt Pattern-a Skirt for Mid-Seasons: Part 1 So Sew Easy

denim midi skirtThis weekend we jump on the bandwagon of fashion trends with one of the most versatile and easy to wear things for all ages the denim midi skirt pattern. This denim midi skirt pattern will be perfect for a lady who wants to hide a bit of a tummy or Continue reading

11:05

In Search Of Inspiration, Tanzanian Fabrics And The Kilimanjaro So Sew Easy

I have to admit it right out front.  Hunting for Tanzanian fabrics was not my main reason for coming to Africa.  Instead, my husband and I were there with some friends to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at almost 20,000 feet or 6,ooo meters. However, being an Continue reading

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Saturday, 15 September

19:40

Double Knitting Purl Soho

The wonderful technique of double knitting creates a two-layer fabric with knit stitches on both sides. The finished fabric is completely reversible, lending itself to colorwork, contrasting fibers, or simply a knit-faced fabric that is twice as warm!

 

Want to give Double Knitting a try? Our Double Knit Blanket uses two colors and two yarns and is a great place to practice your new skills!

Double Knitting | Purl Soho

12:00

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 443 Funky Junk Interiors

Pine-cone-mason-jar-flowers-wm-650x498Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 443 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Happy weekend to ya! Sorry for the slightly late post. It was scheduled but it didnt post. NO idea why. Isnt that comforting for next time?! Anyway, while I didnt pull off a traditional DIY on the blog this []

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06:18

Boho Bralette Teaser Little Treasures



 
 
In a week's time it'll be officially autumn, so I was thinking of adding sleeves to this top. I mean, seriously... by the time I am ready to publish this it will be freezing cold. Or so I think. But I am having faith in my beloved Australians because summer is heading their way :)
 
The story.
This is my first time I am writing a pattern for 2 sizes and for a top no less. Everything I've made for Eva is in size S (XS) and this particular one she is wearing is in size M. I hope I will have the pattern ready to be tested soon and I am keeping my fingers crossed for a minimum of errors. What's been eating me is that I am not sure if I have the measurements right for the M size and that makes my stomach twirl. But we'll find out about it really soon.
 
A blue bralette is also coming up nicely - and I am not sure how many tries I need to satisfy myself and calm (drown) the fears, but another one is one the way.
 
I have some interesting posts lined up for next week, so be sure to drop us a visit! Until then, be happy!

00:18

back in mid-summer angry chicken

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We found ourselves in a magical candy shop before seeing a movie at Cinetopia at Progress Ridge Townsquare. The girls knew about this spot, they had gone with friends, but Pete and I had no clue there was a little village in this suburban area, with shops, restaurants,  fountains, and pond. So lovely! It was one of those perfect summer evenings at dusk when it wasn't too hot and everyone was out having fun. The retro candy shop, Rocket Fizz, was pretty great, with all the candies and sodas I had forgotten about. Including two types of candies fart-related. Which were different than the candies toilet-related.

Today Lydia and I are going to the Portland Art Museum to see The Shape of Speed car show before it closes. Half of our family have already seen it and said it was amazing.

We are almost done with The Good Place, which has been the perfect evening entertainment to help us relax. It's hard for anyone to sit in one spot for more than 30 minutes, except the dogs. Actually, it's Pete and I who can't sit. It's a problem that we are trying to work on. 

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Friday, 14 September

22:00

sewing: stretch twill bryce cargo pants imagine gnats

This post is written by Jessamy of jessamybmakes.com.

Im so happy to be on the blog sharing my new stretch twill Bryce Cargo pants with you today. Im not sure I can convey how much I love these new pants. Why I waited so long to make them is beyond me, but Im happy to have them in my life now!

The 7oz. stretch twill is perfect for the Bryce Cargos. It is a medium weight stretch twill with the recommended 3% spandex. The pattern calls for about a 30% stretch, and this twill is listed as having a 12% stretch, but I did not find the difference to be a problem.

The stone color has a nice matte finish, with no real sheen. Nobody wants shiny pants, unless maybe youre out at the club, but I am usually at the grocery store, so matte makes me happy.  

I spent a little time going back and forth deciding what size to sew. My measurements put me between 2 sizes. I have a 36.5 hip, which lands between the size 4 and 6. The pattern recommends to size up if you are in between sizes.

Based on some other pants fitting I have done, I decided to throw caution to the wind and size down instead. Because of that bold decision, I also made a muslin out of some stretch denim I had left over from another project.

I was pleasantly surprised when I found I didnt need to alter the pattern! That is not the norm for me!

Even though I made a muslin, I wanted to make sure I was 100% satisfied with the fit, so I also baste fit these. Baste fitting allows you to double check your final fit before you start topstitching everything into place. There is a lot of top stitching on these pants, so I would highly recommend a baste fit!

T...

19:45

No-Purl Ribbed Blanket Purl Soho

Most of us prefer knitting to purling. After all, theres a reason we dont call ourselves purlers, right? Youll probably put up with purling for the sake of a good pattern, but with our No-Purl Ribbed Blanket, you dont have to!

No-Purl Ribbed Blanket | Purl Soho

With a simple 2-row repeat of knit and slip stitches, the No-Purl Ribbed Blanket pattern is made for momentum. The rows swiftly multiply, forming a deep, plush texture known as a Cartridge Belt Rib. Extend your laid back summer mindset with this pattern that takes minimal effort with maximal outcome.

No-Purl Ribbed Blanket | Purl Soho

We knit up our blanket in Season Alpaca, 100% baby alpaca classically plied into a sportweight. Its an exceptional yarn with a downy feel and comforting heft that only needs an elegant, straightforward pattern to shine. So, if lofty ribs are your cup of tea but purling isnt, take it easy with our No-Purl Ribbed Blanket!

No-Purl Ribbed Blanket | Purl Soho

Designed for Purl Soho by Jake Canton.

Materials

No-Purl Ribbed Blanket | Purl Soho

Gauge

32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in stitch pattern

Size

Crib Size (Throw Size)

Finished Dimensions: 32 inches wide x 40 inches long (42 inches wide x 55 inches long)

Notes

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

This stitch pattern is worked over a multiple of 4 + 3 stitches.

Pattern

Cast on 255 (335) stitches.

Row 1 (wrong side): K3, *slip 1 with yarn in front (wyif), k3, repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2 (right side): K1, *slip 1 wyif, k3, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, slip 1 wyif, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 40 (55) inches from cast-on edge, ending wit...

19:43

The Refashioners 2018: Elisalex makery

Today we have Elisalex doing what Elisalex does best. Full on unapologetic girly glamour Taking her inspiration from the original refashionista Scarlet Ohara, and this amazing Dolce & Gabbana gown.. She took an ebay find... Read The Post

19:24

Yom Kippur Craft Using Last Year's Calendar! creative jewish mom

I am reposting this from last year, as it is just too great to pass by, and as a reminder to myself to make another with my 2018 calender! I'll be the first to admit, crafts for Yom Kippur are...

19:22

Simple IKEA Hack: Ekby Valter Bracket Wall Sconce! creative jewish mom

Hey there, the whole world has fun coming up with creative IKEA hacks, so I'm now joining the club. This first one I'm sharing is not my idea, so only taking credit for seeing the idea and actually following through,...

18:28

Welcome To Craft Schooling Sunday! creative jewish mom

Welcome to Craft Schooling Sunday, thanks so much for joining me here! We are now in a 10 day period on the Jewish calendar leading up to Yom Kippur, and then just 4 days to Succot, so now is truly...

02:11

Let Them Be Little Fabric Tour: Polka Dot Chair Simple Simon and Company

For years we have been friends with the amazing and talented Melissa from The Polka Dot Chairwe love her personally and professionally and so today we are crazy happy to have her joining our Let Them Be Little fabric tour. And because she is a major over achiever she has created two absolutely beautiful projects []

The post Let Them Be Little Fabric Tour: Polka Dot Chair appeared first on Simple Simon and Company.

01:31

Mix & Match: Peruvian Necklace Little Treasures



 
 
I have had this gorgeous textile ribbon for years, just a very short piece of if and it was a truly one of a kind piece of ribbon I have ever laid eyes on. The main body of it is made of thin and densely woven silk threads through which immensely soft and colorful, {felted} woolen fibers are inserted and intertwined. So I was quite reluctant to use it in a meaningless project and it stayed put for years.
 
But it happened that I have a crocheted bracelet that never saw the light of day and I decided to match those two. I used the bracelet as a foundation onto which I arranged the mix of whatnots.
Isn't this match perfect? I think they were made for each other.
 

 
The name for it came from that beautiful ribbon with velvet feel that reminded me of the gorgeous Peruvian textiles.
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Thursday, 13 September

23:50

Rushcutter Dress The Sewing Rabbit

RUSHCUTTER DRESS SEWING PATTERN Pattern: Rushcutter Dress by In The Folds Fabric: Merchant + Mills Ikat and Rushcutter Dress limited edition kit, sold by Oak Fabrics   Thoughts on pattern: This was my first time working with In the Folds patterns, and I absolutely adored it! Everything was perfection. The fit, the instructions, the []

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23:07

Send your questions to The Activist Whisperer columnist (me!) Craftivist Collective

Im excited to announce that I am a new columnist for Lush Times (part of the Lush company online newspaper). Ill be a weekly agony-aunt for activists columnist called The Activist Whisperer tackling the issues that may be stifling you from being part of the change you wish to see in our world. Each new column will be published on Sundays. 

 

Why am I doing it?

I am asked regularly in person and online for advice from people and organisations on how to be effective in activism (not just craftivism). From creating national campaigns or rapid response actions to how to response to a neighbour who has said something xenophobic, from feeling overwhelmed to feeling burnout. Activism is hard work, a craft to hone and not simple. Ive received good feedback from my advice from the asker. This way I can share my answers with more than that one person which might help more people who have similar questions. Also I cant find another agony aunt for activists when Ive looked online and I think (without sounding really arrogant!) that I would work really hard to do a good job serving peoples questions and I have the credentials

 

LO RES photo for 3rd Sept Activist Whisperer column copy

 

Do I have the Credentials to do this?

Im an award-winning activists who has helped change government laws, business polities, hearts and minds. My daily unwavering passion is to help people become more effective activists to improve our world for all people and our fragile planet. I have over 10 years experiencing working for Christian Aid, Oxfam and the UK Government department for International Development (DFID). I grew up in a very low-income area of Liverpool with a activist parents (my dad is a vicar, my mum was a nurse and now a local politician) where amongst many campaigns I squatted in social housing aged 3 with my community to save them (we won) and we campaigned with the anti-apartheid movement in the UK as well as visiting South Africa in 1991 with my family as part of my Dads sabbatical to learn from the activism happening there. I grew up seein...

22:25

The Return of Nonchalant Retro Dress So Sew Easy

retro dressStop! Before you embark on your next sewing project, you might learn a thing or two from this article Retro fashion is regularly making a comeback in the fashion cycle and many people are showing a preference for wearing garments from the past. Retro' refers to a look that is Continue reading

22:15

Let Them Be Little Fabric Tour: Bonnie and Blithe Simple Simon and Company

Today we are so excited to send you over to check out a darling dress made by one talented seamstress.Bonnie from Bonnie and Blithe! Bonnie makes stylish clothing for herself and her family and today she has whipped up an ADORABLE dress using our new Let Them Be Little Fabric. So hop on over HERE []

The post Let Them Be Little Fabric Tour: Bonnie and Blithe appeared first on Simple Simon and Company.

19:44

The Refashioners 2018: Mira makery

When I invited Mira to take part in this years series I did so because I suspected what we would get would be outside the box. Ive long felt refashionings potential as a creative outlet... Read The Post

15:26

How I built some junk-styled labels Funky Junk Interiors

Once upon a time, waaay back in 2013, you may remember when my blog underwent a revamp. The blog design you see today was made up from elements I took pictures of. One thing at a time.  The little tag tied with twine and the clipboard were from two of my photos. Then they were []

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Wednesday, 12 September

22:14

Shanah Tovah: Wishing You A Happy Sweet New Year! creative jewish mom

Dear Readers, After two wonderful days of Jewish New Year celebrations and wiping the slate clean, now we are slowly getting back into everyday life, keeping in mind that Yom Kippur is on the horizon! We are now in the...

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