Tuesday, April 28, 2009

no place like here

etsy has a new video series called 'there's no place like here' and i am loving them! we get to see inside the homes/studios/shops of some etsy makers; what could be more fun? i especially loved the house of hannah (made with love by hannah) who makes me want to collect knick-knacks... and since i am in search of a new home myself, i find these videos very inspiring.

Friday, April 24, 2009

brooklyn blooming

everywhere i went in the city while i was there seemed to be bursting with blooms; it was a perfect week to visit. the magnolias and weeping cherries in particular were in their prime, and it was nice to see brooklyn this way after being away for nearly 4 months.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

meanwhile, back at the ranch

i had a glorious week in the city-- i love my new status of 'visitor'-- the classes were all super fun and everything was blooming (photos tomorrow). now i'm back on the farm; my farmer friends are back and i am now a farmhand which sounds great to me! i'll be moving into the Airstream this weekend and will show you pics once i'm settled in!

i missed all these guys and am so happy to be back upstate. i may even get to RIDE which i haven't done in about 25 years! i had a pony and then a horse when i was young but just haven't had the opportunity since.

Monday, April 13, 2009

this week's classes rundown

ok, so just in case you're at all confused about the whirlwind of classes i'm teaching in brooklyn this week, here's a synopsis. i believe there is at least one space available in all but the thursday embroidery class, but note that there is now a wednesday embroidery class too!

thursday april 16th:

embroidery workshop at TREEHOUSE (williamsburg) 6:30-8:30pm, $50 includes all supplies
UPDATE: this class is SOLD OUT, so a second session has been added for wednesday april 15! same time, same place.

friday april 17th:
intro to patternmaking: A-line skirt workshop at
BROOKLYN GENERAL (carroll gardens) 6:30-8:30pm, $50

sunday april 19th:
intermediate sewing: tunic/dress workshop at the studio of LENA CORWIN (fort greene) 11am-4pm, $125

intro to patternmaking: T-shirt workshop at HOME EC (p.slope/gowanus) 5:30-8pm, $50

for more details and supplies required, see full class descriptions below and/or the sites for each venue. all of these great independent spaces have other cool classes too, so check out their schedules and get on their lists! please help spread the word and support indie artisans. gertie and i hope to see you in class...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

chocolate eggs all around

happy bunny day, peeps!

i'm not really a celebrator of easter, but reading kim's post today brought back the memories of just how much my sister and i loved this holiday as kids. hunting for those baskets was always a thrill... i think my favorite hiding place ever was in the dryer!

if i could wish for one thing in my hypothetical easter basket it would be one of these. or these. well, really two of them because they don't like to be alone. maybe next year (fingers crossed)...

Monday, April 06, 2009

one more class

the final class to announce on my one-week whirlwind teaching tour of brooklyn is another patternmaking workshop. this one is also an introductory class, but in this one we'll make a pattern for the classic and universally flattering A-line skirt:

one-day weekend sewing workshop at brooklyn general
friday april 17, 6:30-8:30pm $50

call 718-237-7753 to register!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

sneak peek

i've been busily stitching and hooking for spring... we tried to have a photo shoot today but it was just a bit too cold and windy. i can't wait to get it in the shop!

Friday, April 03, 2009

patternmaking 101 @ home ec

it's going to be a busy week while i'm in the city; i've now got FIVE CLASSES scheduled at all of my old haunts! for those of you who've been wanting to take my patternmaking class but could never commit to the four week series, now there's a one-day workshop where you'll learn the basics and make your very own t-shirt pattern.

patternmaking 101 workshop @ home ec $50
303 3rd avenue (caroll and 1st streets) brooklyn, ny 718-852-2889
sunday, april 19 5:30-8pm

all the deets and registration can be found here.

poet tunic

you may not know that there is an actual printed on paper and available on newsstands version of CraftStylish too, but there is! i have a project in the current issue that i really love: this sweet poet's tunic made from a big ol' ugly T. i wish i could get the sample back because it's a lovely shade of green and i'd really like to wear it, but alas, i'll just have to make my own. the whole issue is about restyling what you already have. look for it at your local newsstand or bookstore because this one's not available online! you can, however, order the magazine here.