we speak to become

I have three sewing projects cut out and ready to sew, but I haven’t touched them in months. Partly because sewjo is in short supply during lockdown, but mostly because I’ve been having so much fun with handwork projects: cross stitch, embroidery, stumpwork, crochet. But when I saw Melanie post that this spring’s Literary SewingContinue reading “we speak to become”

Review: Japanese Wonder Crochet

In amidst a year+ of working from home and having umpteen gazillion video conferences a week, I’ve discovered a) it reduces my wardrobe needs to about zero, and b) it makes focusing on small stitches for both clothes sewing and embroidery much more difficult. I’m not sewing clothes at all right now, and I nowContinue reading “Review: Japanese Wonder Crochet”

Review: Embroidered Animals: Wild and Woolly Creatures to Stitch and Sew

Disclaimer: I received a free, temporary e-book for this review through NetGalley. I have two pet peeves that I’m bringing into this: One: Reviews of embroidery or craft books that are really just gushing over the pretty pictures of finished projects, written by someone who may not even have the intention of ever making one,Continue reading “Review: Embroidered Animals: Wild and Woolly Creatures to Stitch and Sew”

post surgery stretchy pants

An actual sewing project! So: last summer I made myself these shorts: Then I adapted them for Echo, and made them a few pairs. Good thing, because we’ve really needed that pattern this fall and winter. When we got the surgery dates, I reached out to the Occupational and Physical Therapists to ask them whatContinue reading “post surgery stretchy pants”

a bit about sewing, a bit about not-sewing

This week we got the news officially: those of us working from home will continue to work from until at least January 2021. Which includes me. Which means, at a minimum, I will have no need for tailored work clothes until at least late winter. I’m also not social dancing. Some classes have started upContinue reading “a bit about sewing, a bit about not-sewing”

#SolidarityChic, plus #SewcialDistancing

Dear Readers, here is the Prime Minister of Canada during a recent physically distanced question period: Please take note, if you will, of our fearless leader’s very noticeable lack of a recent haircut. You’ve already noticed the lack of recent haircut. Maybe you read an article on his lack of recent haircut. Maybe you sawContinue reading “#SolidarityChic, plus #SewcialDistancing”

So. Uh. Have any of you found yourselves sewing through your fabric stash a bit faster than you’d anticipated when making your New Year’s Resolutions? Oh, not asking for any particular reason–just–you know. Around the time I published that last post, I stopped looking at my closet full of fabric as an Embarrassing Monument toContinue reading

#SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge — Frivolous At Last

Now here’s a sewing challenge I can get behind completely. But as someone who already almost never buys clothes, it was challenging to think of a pledge to make! Here’s what I’ll be working with: 1. I’m going to work on appreciating beautiful fabrics with my eyes instead of my wallet: just because it’s gorgeousContinue reading “#SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge — Frivolous At Last”