Review: Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti My rating: 2 of 5 stars I finally finished this book. It took me several months to make my way through it; this was not, for me, a pick-it-up-and-finish-it-in-one-go kind of book. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; I have a lot of books in the slow-read category thatContinue reading “Review: Women in Clothes”

Review: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science

Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first 25% of the book did nothing for me. It was a very dry recitation of the climate facts I already know, in graphic novel format. If you’re the kind of person who gets most of yourContinue reading “Review: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science”

The Next Blazer, Eventually, While Analyzing the Walking Dead

I found myself in possession of more free time and less money in February than is typically the case, which I decided was the perfect excuse to figure out my next blazer, the Vogue 8333 Claire Schaeffer pattern. After the difficulties of working with fusible interfacing on the poly-wool blue blazer I made in theContinue reading “The Next Blazer, Eventually, While Analyzing the Walking Dead”

Embroidering Stuff: Purses

If you’re thinking about dipping your toes into the pool of decorative hand-stitching, purses and bags are a great place to start. You don’t need to worry about flattering placement, or layering other pieces on top of something embroidered if it’s dimensional, or whether or not it’s “professional” or “appropriate;” you don’t need to worryContinue reading “Embroidering Stuff: Purses”

Review: Stumpwork Butterflies & Moths

Stumpwork Butterflies & Moths by Jane Nicholas My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am incredibly impressed by the level of research in Jane Nicholas’s insect embroidery books. I don’t read them expecting to learn more about the critters she embroiders, but I do: The natural history and basic biology of the insects are included;Continue reading “Review: Stumpwork Butterflies & Moths”

Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr My rating: 2 of 5 stars Boy, am I ever glad I didn’t pay for this. Mohr’s heart is in the right place. She wanted to write a book that would help women overcome a lifetime of┬ásocialization and learn to believe in ourselves,Continue reading “Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message”

Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Follow my blog with Bloglovin (sorry for that. i’m going through the tedious process of claiming my blog — yes, it took me forever — and apparently i have to include that in a new post. so) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein My rating: 1 of 5 stars Naomi’s politicalContinue reading “Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”

Review: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

I may have mentioned that 2013 was a steamroller of a year, and that Hibernation 2014 was basically me burying┬ámy head in the sands of sewing until I felt like I could look at the world again. After about nine months of denial, I thought I might be ready to test the waters of environmentalContinue reading “Review: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”

W.S. Merwin as nothing-in-particular

This one has no stitching on it of any kind, but I like it and thought it was a fitting way to end Poetry Month (though if I have time, I may squeeze in Dennis Lee as well): from W. S. Merwin: The Laughing Thrush O nameless joy of the morning tumbling upward note byContinue reading “W.S. Merwin as nothing-in-particular”

Mary Oliver as wall art

Even if you don’t think you like Mary Oliver–even if you think you don’t like poetry–you have almost certainly read one of her poems, and you might even have enjoyed it. Mary Oliver is that most rare of all creatures: a poet who makes a living from poetry. She’s a nature poet with an eyeContinue reading “Mary Oliver as wall art”