I love that this pattern is the result of a collaboration between two inspiring small businesses – Fringe Association and Grainline Studio. This bag is meant to be a handy project bag with interior pockets to hold your tools and supplies.
There are two different sizes and I chose to do the smaller version. I was curious to try out lining the bag and figured it was safer to do that on a smaller scale. Kelli from Drygood Designs wrote out a handy blog post on how she added a lining, so I basically followed her advice. One thing that I did differently was to line the pockets. All this means is that I cut an extra set of pocket pieces and instead of hemming the pocket at the top, I sewed two pocket pieces together (face to face) along the top edge and turned them right side out.
This was the perfect project to use my Clover Bias Tape Maker. I used the 1/2″ size which is a bit smaller than the recommended bias tape size for this project, but I like the thinner profile.
The bag comes together really quickly and I love everything about it. It’s such a cute & clever design. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making these for gifts.
I couldn’t resist making a little matching zippered pouch in a size that would fit inside the Stowe. Cute accessories for my accessories!
p.s. Grainline Studio just posted a handy video for step 15 of the Stowe Bag, which is really helpful. I did a permanent gusset on my bag following the Drygood Designs tutorial, but I’m happy to finally understand that step as I wasn’t too sure when I read the instructions.
the workroom family tradition calls for a community quilt to welcome new baby members to the fold.
Sweet Landyn Gabriel was born Thursday January 7th, 2016 in Calgary to our dearest Rosalyn & Rafal. It was especially important to us to send a quilt off to this little family, since we could not shower them with our love in person.
Quilt planning began months ago with colours – Yellow, a colour Rosalyn loves and one that reflects her sunny spirit. Chambray, since we knew a little boy was on his way and we all love chambray so much at the workroom. Plus, shades of white as the neutral. Besides the colours and the block size (9″ finished), the rest was up to each contributer. Not everyone is a quilter, so we encouraged people to use whatever medium they wanted – see if you can spot the embroidered thread weaving, applique blocks and digitally printed drawings! It’s always so exciting when the blocks get dropped off and you can see that they go perfectly together! I especially love that many people worked a nautical theme into their blocks (and fabrics) and the quilt shines brightly with eight star blocks!
Of course, we had to to quilt it on the workroom’sBernina Q24 longarm. We chose a bubbly & wavy freehand design, that was really fun to stitch.
There were 24 contributers to this special quilt – Romina Maggi, Erin P, Sogol Lohi, Debbie Arruda, Jerisse De Juan, Johanna Masko, Angelune Des Lauriers, Jacqueline Sava, Nadia Morrison, Ayalah Hutchins, Celine Kim, Julie Sinden, Maria Naveiro, Alexis Da Silva, Lauren Bunton, Melodie Kwan, Carolanne Graham, Suzanne French, Katherine Skene, Katrina Kilroy, Julie Cardoni, Michelle Demenlenaere, Carolina Berinstein & Karyn Valino
Very special thanks to Debbie, who made a surprise visit to Calgary to hand deliver all our love and this beautiful quilt to baby Landyn, Rosalyn & Rafal. Even though we are far away, we love you just as much and will always be with you now!
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Been on a bit of a zippered pouch kick recently and still have a few more on my list I want to make! It’s been fun drafting new shapes and sizes. I don’t think I’ll ever have enough pouches in my life. Also added leather pulls and piping for the first time. Love those little details.
I always assumed that I would just buy jeans for the rest of my life. That and sweaters. I was okay with it. Jeans seemed too mysterious and complicated to tackle.
When Heather Lou emailed me to ask about doing a Ginger Jeans class at the workroom, suddenly making jeans seemed totally possible. When you have the Jean Queen at your side, nothing can stop you.
Jeans are no joke. The class was over a weekend, two 8-hour days. (Apparently in a factory it takes 15 minutes!) We came to class with our denim already cut out. This way we could focus our time on fitting and construction.
The key to great jeans is the fit, of course. The first thing we did was baste our jeans together for a fitting with Heather. This step is so valuable and made such a huge difference to everyone’s final pair. Most importantly, Heather is a expert at fitting. That alone was worth the price of admission for me.
After that we all wanted to cry as we ripped our jeans apart to make changes and start again from the beginning. Here’s a revelation – it’s actually not that hard to sew jeans. There’s just a lot of steps and if you take each step one at a time, you’ll get there. (This advice really applies to everything in life) Even the dreaded fly front came together without batting an eye. Heather’s guidance kept us laughing and motivated through the whole process.
There are two views for this pattern, a low rise with stovepipe legs or a high waisted version with skinny legs. I opted for the low rise since that’s what I’m used to wearing. Quite a few ladies in the class made the high waisted style and now I’m tempted to try it.
What I especially love is that every detail of this pattern is professional quality. Our jeans have top stitching, rivets, jean buttons, a coin pocket, bar tacks and strategically placed back pockets. Back pocket placement is the secret to jeans that look extra awesome.
It was really great to see how 12 different pairs of jeans for 12 different ladies came together in class. Even Heather whipped up some Louis Vuitton inspired denim flares. What a perfect way to spend the weekend learning something so epic.
I’ve started doing ‘research’ for my next pairs. I can’t wait to play around with all the details and fit, now that I know what I’m doing. If my first pair is this good, I can’t wait for my second pair. This is just the beginning of a new love affair with denim.
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I’ve got a couple long term knitting projects that could do with a proper project bag, especially in this brilliant nani IRO canvas. I have a feeling this Stowe Bag pattern is going to become a staple.
A little bit more quilt catch-up. My Swoon quilt lives on my bed and I love so many things about it. The pink and grey colour palette is one of my favourites. I selected so many special fabrics for this quilt and tried to use as many as possible. There is a floral print from the one of the first deliveries ever at the workroom, some prints from my trip to Salt Lake City, hand printed fabric from my first ever class with Lizzy House, Liberty of London, For each of the stars, I also added in one rogue piece of another fabric, just to make it more difficult/fun.
I made the quilt ages ago in Johanna’s Swoon Quilt class, where we learned different ways to make these large blocks more efficiently and with less fabric required by the pattern.
The quilt top was done for a while and as usual it just sat for a long time not being quilted. I finally sent it out to a longarmer at the beginning of the year to be completed. I chose a pattern called ‘Crab Apple Flower’. I used wool batting on this quilt and you can really see how the loft shows off the quilting design quite prominently.
The end of the year is approaching much faster than I’d like it to. I’ve got a bit of a line up for the Bernina Q24 longarm – my Meadow Quilt, The Weight of Love Quilt, Brickworks and also my Mod Blocks are ready to go. Thinking I’m going to need a quilting marathon after the holidays.
I just love this project so much! Making your own garment bags is such a great way to show off beautiful fabric and travel handmade at the same time. Also, it’s the kind of gift that everyone can use.
This is my second garment bag. I gave the first one to Andrew. I made this one to travel to a special family wedding this summer. I adjusted the pattern to make it a little bit longer than the original to fit the length of my party dress. I really love getting to see so much nani IRO at once. I’m definitely going to make a second one. It’s got me thinking that i need a complete set of nani IRO travel bags.
When I heard months ago that Kristine Vejar from A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland,California was working on a book about natural dyeing, I got really excited. Started in 2007 by Kristine, A Verb for Keeping Warm has been home base for Kristine’s explorations into natural dyeing and is located in Oakland, California. It is the home of The Modern Natural Dyer – as this is where Kristine has conducted all of her research for this book. A Verb for Keeping Warm is a brick & mortar shop, natural dye studio and classroom teaching knitting, dyeing, sewing and weaving. I hope to visit this dream space in the near future, but in the meantime I follow Kristine’s inspiring work very closely online.
I was over the moon to receive an advanced copy of The Modern Natural Dyer to review. Firstly, it is absolutely stunning. The photography by Sara Remington captures the beauty of the dye colours and projects perfectly. I have been endlessly examining every detail of the book and rich photographs since it arrived. If you’re brand new to the world of dyeing, this would be an incredible introduction. If you’re experienced with natural dyeing already you’ll be reinvigorated to delve deeper with all the great resources provided. Kristine covers all the basics in the first half of the book and then shares twenty different projects divided by – dyeing with whole dyestuffs, dyeing with extracts, dyeing with indigo and then surface design techniques. The projects range from dyeing pre-made items like a slip, silk scarf or tote bag to dyeing yarn to knit a hat, shawl or cardigan.
Brilliantly, Kristine has also launched a series of kits to go with four of the book’s projects. I chose the ‘Flowers at my fingertips’ kit to make a sweet sewing kit. Everything you need is included in the kit – the fabric, a packet of seeds to grow the flowers, thread, gloves, mordant and scour. What a special gift idea these would kits would make. I don’t think I can wait until next year to plant those seeds to grow the flowers for this project. I’ll gather some fresh flowers together to eco print this over the fall to make the sewing kit. I’m excited to have the seeds to plant next year to start a little dye garden. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while.
The Modern Natural Dyer exceeded all my high expectations. I’m so inspired by everything that Kristine has created with her studio/shop/enterprise and this book is a real treasure that I’ll keep referring to over and over. Congratulations, Kristine! Thank you so much for including me in your book tour.
We’ll have copies of The Modern Natural Dyer soon at the workroom. In the meantime, one lucky winner will receive a copy of book AND a kit of their choice. Please leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve tried natural dyeing before and which of the four kits you would choose to try. Contest closes November 16th midnight EST. I’ll choose a lucky winner randomly.