Me in Stitch Magazine.

Fall 2010.

I recently had the wonderful (paid!) opportunity to write for Stitch Magazine put out by Interweave Press. I wrote out instructions for my Shadow Applique Wool Pillow for their 1 yard gifts in the Fall 2010 issue.  The magazine came out on the 14th of September so go pick it up at your nearest specialty magazine shop and try out my project!!

More from the embroidery front.

I have been quite busy this last month- costumes for boylesque, pillows for wThe Wedding Pantry , a bridal shop in LA ….  the pillows are on my ETSY site as well, 60th birthday present for my mom (don’t worry there is no spoilers here).  Fosse Jack (boylesque) is performing tonight at Neighbors– featuring costumes by me.  Doors open at 8:30 and there is a $10.00 cover.

And it continues…. I am starting a wedding dress for my friend Michelle.  It is just a cute 1950’s inspired white silk dupioni with deep teal Mums embroidered on it (not by me).  I think it will be fun… and not to bridaly (ick).  Speaking of Bridal, there are new pillows up on my Etsy site now .  Take a look and enjoy!

PS- I am SOOOO excited about my Moms present…. its gonna be REAL good!  It is hard not to share but seeing as my Mom is like my only loyal fan, it would not be worth spoiling.

Hat making and other obsessions.

repro velvet flowers

My mom has informed me that she does not like looking at my anthro rant any longer (I swear… and she does not like it).  So I am changing it… happy??

I have been taking hat making classes from a really excellent milliner, Izzie Lewis.  We started with covering buckram forms with fabric and then graduated to blocking fur felts.  Dave now has a running joke because all I can think about now is hats- when we watch movies, walking down the street, while we’re eating, when he is talking it’s coming out as hats,hats,hats- hats hats hats, hats?  I reply hats, hats,hats hats hats.

I know there are people out there (besides my mother) who have waited for this post as well.  Sorry I’ve taken my sweet time.  I have been learning a lot about taking pictures and also Photoshop.  I have been doing this online couse on Photoshop over at Lynda.  I have learned quite a lot in a very short amount of time.

Here are the hats I have worked on:

buckham cover with wool.

This was blocked in 2 parts- crown and brim.

This is grosgrain gathered into a crazy 8 with two 1940's buttons.

I also made hats for my father and my brother for christmas:

This fur felt was blocked all in one.

All of these hats have a wire in the brim and head size ribbons on the inside.

My own little piece of the Web

O. K. so roughly one year ago I started doing some writing, blogging is the catch phrase… on my Myspace page.  It was easy and convenient and I just wanted to try it out… you know, see if it was for me.  Well, I did it for one whole year.  Now, I think that it is time to put this blog thingy in to kindergarten (so to speak).  I have many more friends and family that are not myspace users then are and I would like them to have access. Also, I have been slowly trying to build myself a web site- HippyLongStockings.com (4-5 years and counting).  At some point I would like to use WordPress on my site so I figured that this was a good start.  I am not a website builder by trade but I have an AWESOME tech support division called my husband.  He builds big, beautiful websites for fancy, smancy companies.  Check it out at Amped Multimedia.  I am basically an HTML girl… if you can even call me that.  I built a website for my work- www.nancyssewingbasket.com.  I am working on the 2.0 version right now.  That is all that is in my portfolio…currently.

 

So what am I by trade, you ask.  Well…. Let’s see… I am always a work in progress but aren’t we all.  I have been in the textile business for eight-ish years and yes that means I work in a fabric store.  It is NOT just a fabric store but a REAL dressmakers shop, something that is very hard to find these days so you may not even understand what I am talking about (Joann’s is not one).  I love this job.  Everyday I come home and want to sew, unlike when I worked in manufacturing where you sew the same boring shi-stuff all day long and don’t even want to look at a sewing machine when you get home.

 

I am a self-declared fabric snob and feverishly believe that everyone should be.  And although I understand the value of $37 dollar a yard Liberty of London cotton, I can’t always afford it.  Good fabric is like good champagne, it is smooth, makes you feel warm and fuzzy when working with it, and is totally addictive.  Cheap fabric is like cheap champagne, it just gives you a big fat headache.

 

So what exactly do I make with fabric? Well I hope to keep a running log here as to what I do on a regular basis.   If you want to see what I have done over the year check out my MySpace blog or go to my flickr Photstream for just some picture of what I like to do.