Tuesday, February 26, 2008

happy pants

i forgot to post these pics from the first pants class which ended in january. don't they look great? we used Built by You #4110. round two of this class begins next week, wednesday march 5, for five weeks, at Brooklyn General. give them a call if you want to sign up!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

happy dawgs

there's been lots o' dog fun around hodge podge farm in the past month or so... i finally got to have a photo shoot with the gorgeous Oona, elyse's pup. she was a perfect model and entertained us with all of her cool tricks between shots. so now these are posted in the shop...

we made a custom fleece sweater for the lovely Lucy, above left, and gertie also made her modelling debut in the shop...

...and gertie had a long-overdue play-date with her supermodel sister Molasses. unfortunately they were having so much fun i couldn't catch them in a still moment the entire time, hence the 'ghost dog' pics!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

finished objects

in january, i finally FINISHED some lurking projects, for myself to wear, like another Built by You tunic (simplicity 3964), my first with sleeves! i am loving this thing and have barely taken it off since completion. i also added my new favorite detail: cutaway pockets. every garment should have them, really... also, i remembered a very useful item that i have had since college, but completely forgotten about: my TRIPOD!!! no more one-armed mirror pics!

this is my other new fave outfit! kim and i developed this cozy sweatshirt tunic idea one sunday afternoon (i made her one too, while she re-organized my studio/living room). i had been needing something i could wear over my gym clothes when i go to the Y, and then proceed directly to brunch and not look like such a complete dork. i mean, i am always a dork, but gym clothes make me feel extra dorky....

oh yeah, and i finished my Built by You corduroy PANTS!!! (simplicity 4110) this is really exciting. i've actually even worn them several times. crazy.

this is one of the new style of tops i made for fall, with different printed yokes (hard to see in this photo, but the yoke is a woven floral-print wool). there are two longer ones in my etsy shop right now, should your interest be piqued...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

new in the hodge podge shop

here are some recent additions to my hodge podge etsy shop. i now have some dog sweaters listed, modelled by the divine miss Oona!

more crochet hats, and we're starting to transition into spring with some long-sleeved t-shirts...

keep checking in, more one-of-a-kind pieces coming all the time!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

pricked @ MAD

tonight i finally made it up to the Museum of Arts and Design for the show Pricked: Extreme Embroidery. i found the show incredibly inspiring... especially these three artists' work:

maira kalman, whose lovely embroidered pieces i had seen online but never in person...

andrea dezso, who i just figured out i once knew when i had my shop! her mini samplers of her mother's imaginative warnings transfixed both me and george...

...and orly cogan, who stitches poetically innocent yet pornographic fantastical images onto vintage tablecloths and bedspreads.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

february classes

CLASS 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 BEGINNER SEWING, DESIGN YOUR OWN TOTE workshop at the Etsy Labs

Beginner Sewing Class: design your own tote! at the Etsy Labs $120.00

Date: 3 week Tuesday Series: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 2008
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Etsy Labs, 325 Gold Street 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

If you've been wanting to learn to sew, this introductory class is for you! You will learn how to operate a sewing machine and design and complete your own tote bag. We will cover various techniques such as pockets, straps, lining and trims, and you can choose which to incorporate into your first project. With these skills, you'll soon be stitching up whatever your heart desires...

1 yard of fabric for tote
thread to match
basic sewing kit: scissors, pins, pincushion, seam ripper, tape measure, tailor's chalk

*** optional: 1 yard of lining fabric, scraps of contrast fabric or trims for decoration, pockets and/or straps

click here to register!

Sewing 101 (Beginner): Wrap Skirt at Brooklyn General $150

Four 2-hour classes
This class will teach you all the basics: how a sewing machine works, cutting from a pattern, and how to sew a simple wrap skirt. With these techniques, you’ll be on your way to stitching up all kinds of projects!

2 yds light- to medium-weight woven fabric
thread to match
1 pkg extra-wide, double fold bias tape to match
basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins and pincushion, seam ripper, tailor's chalk

Session C: Tues 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 2/19, 26, 3/4, 11

click here for more info or call 718-237-7753 to register

Sewing 102 (Beginner/Intermediate): Tote Bag at Brooklyn General

Four 2-hour classes.
Step up your stitching skills with this very practical “All-Day Tote” bag from Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing. You'll learn how to do pockets, linings, topstitching and straps, and become much more confident with your sewing. Beginner sewing skills required.


1 yard medium- to heavy-weight fabric for bag
1 yard medium-weight fabric for lining
1/2 yard of twill tape (1" wide)
thread to match
optional: quick-release metal key clip
basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, pincushion, ruler or tape measure, tailor's chalk, seam ripper)

Session A: Wed 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 2/6, 13, 20, 27
Session B: Tues 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 3/18, 25, 4/1, 8

click here for more info or call 718-237-7753 to register