Valentine Stitching

Cross Stitch
A Rainbow of Stitches

I hope that everyone in this end of the world has survived the cold snap. I hibernated at home, and started a few Valentines Day projects from my favourite embroidery book ‘A Rainbow of Stitches’. This book is a great source of modern cross stitch and embroidery projects. The Aida cloth, floss and towel come from a stash of craft supplies that were given to me. I can’t say no to free craft supplies! Valentine’s Day is the one time of year that I think you can get away with displaying a garish red fingertip towel. I also have a scrappy fabric heart bunting in the works.

What have you been doing to stay busy during this dreary time of year?

Favourite Things: Lazybones

Thanks to Pinterest, I have just discovered the gorgeous Australian company called Lazybones. Originally making only sleep wear, they have expanded their line to include clothing, bedding and girls clothing. Vintage floral prints? Voile cotton? Fluffy white quilts? I’m in heaven!

Here is a peek at some of my favourite things:

dsc_1589_1_2 Eden Curtain

dsc_0073 Fifi Cotton Shorties in Jasper

dsc_5733 Lily Bamboo Jersey Slip

dsc_7607-edit_1 Kate Cotton Voile Pants


Siena Embroidered Sheets

cindyvita Cindy Cotton Dress

Bunchy Pant Problem Solved

I love the look of skinny jeans or cords worn with tall boots. There is however, that pesky issue of the pants bunching up above the boots. I think I may have come up with a solution. Remember stirrup pants? I wasn’t about to sew permanent stirrups on my pants, in case I decided to wear them with a low boot or shoe. Instead I sewed buttons onto the inside seams, and attached a length of buttonhole elastic. Voila! Removable stirrups. Now I can sit, stand and move around without my pants bunching up.


Rust Cords

Rust Cord: Joe Fresh
Striped Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger
Boots: L.L Bean
Messenger Bag: Cath Kidston
Scarf: thrifted

Thanks to Iolan the Wears for inspiring this post.

My Sewing Studio

I have just finished rearranging my current sewing space; a corner of our basement. This space also serves as our t.v room and also the kids playroom. The light is not great, and it is a tad chilly down there, but for the moment, it works.

Sewing Room

I thought that it would be fun to chat a bit about dream sewing studios. In the past I have set up sewing spaces in an unfinished basement, a living room, a hallway and this past summer, in a one bedroom trailer. The space that seems to function best, is one that is smack dab in the middle of the action. I find that a sewing space tucked away in a spare bedroom or basement, does not get used. My ideal would be a room just off of our main floor living area. Like the sunroom room that is currently being claimed by our one year old puppy, Hugo. Ahem. Just sayin’.

Now for the fun. My dream sewing space would contain the following things: an industrial sewing machine (oh the speed, the power!), a regular sewing machine, a serger, an oversize ironing table, a garment steamer, and right in the middle of the room, a giant cutting table. I would love a table that is built to a comfortable height, and covered with a giant self heal board. The price of the boards at craft and sewing stores is very costly, but I have found a cheaper alternative that I think will work; a giant self heal matt from a drafting supply store. That way I could just use pattern weights and a rotary cutter to cut out my patterns.

Storage is also high on my list. I like a mix of vintage furniture pieces (dressers, china cabinets), and good old standbys like the Expedit shelving unit from Ikea.

Some studios of note are Alicia Paulson’s gorgeous, light filled studio, and Anna Maria Horner’s bright, funky studio.

What are some of your dream sewing studio ideas?

DIY: Knitted Boot Topper

boot topper 1

boot topper 3

boot topper 2

boot topper 4

This is my first attempt at translating my chicken scratch knitting notes into a legible pattern. I hope that it makes sense!

Boot Topper Pattern

Yarn weight: Bulky
Needle size: set of 6mm dbl pointed, one 6.5mm straight needle.

Cast 44 sts onto 6.5mm straight needle. Divide onto 3 6mm double-pointed needles.

Cuff: k2, p2 ribbing until cuff measures 3″.
Pattern section:
Row 1: k across, decreasing by 4 sts evenly around. pm.
Row 2 & 3: k to marker.
Row 4: p to marker.
Row 5: *k2, k2 tog, yo. Repeat from * around.
Row 6: k to marker.
Row 7: p to marker.
Row 8-10: k to marker.
Repeat rows 2-10 3x.
Bottom cuff: k2, p2 rib for 1″.
Loosely bind off and weave in ends.