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Inspiration Board : embellished 'Saturday' napkins

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Our dear friends at Kate Spade ‘Saturday’ design many great things. I especially like their home collection. When I saw these napkins, I right away thought of my mom’s house. Perfect, as her birthday was coming up.   I personalized them using a simple running stitch and let the graphic pattern inspire me (as I had done …

Inspiration Board : Designs and Patterns from Muhu Island

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Just the cover of this book is reason enough to want to own it (my photo doesn’t really do it justice). But inside you’ll find more wild, bright color combinations; amazingly intricate knit, embroidered and crochet textiles; and a very interesting introduction into the folk art and traditions of the small island of Muhu. It …

Inspiration Board : personalized wedding gifts

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Two very special friends got married last month. Super Crafter Blake, and Stylist Extraordinaire Liz. Both a week apart from each other, both to Australian men, here in New York, and I was lucky enough to be part of both celebrations. Obviously I wanted to give something special, something personal, but then again they have …

Our Library : 'Embellished'

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I really love my newest book . It is  British textile designer Karen Nicol’s  very unique collection of objects, swatches, trimmings that – directly or indirectly – inspire her beautiful textile designs. They are personal, and unusual and show various techniques such as ‘tufts’ ‘fagotting’ ‘pleats’ and more. And though this book isn’t a ‘how to’ book, it …

Make It : Spring Forward with Cynthia Treen

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Today I’m excited to have Cynthia Treen back sharing another adorable project with us. Cynthia’s Hungarian Reindeer was a hit and I think this new project will be too. Enjoy! “With warm weather this winter in Providence, And a shiny new snow blower at rest in the shed, I have decided to let go of …

Dip Dye & Make Art!

Make It : Dip Dye & Make Art!

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Before our Holiday break, you might have seen me on the show with Martha demoing a fairly simple project— felt animal art. Materials needed are minimal—RIT dye, white wool felt, an embroidery hoop and imagination. For this winter series I chose Evening Blue so it would resemble the the deep blue ocean or a cold night …

Hungarian Reindeer with Cynthia Treen

Make It : Hungarian Reindeer with Cynthia Treen

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For today’s guest post I’m thrilled to have my friend Cindy Treen share her beautiful work with the blog. One of the most talented people I know with a needle and thread, from large to small, her handcrafted work never fails to impress. This gallery is of some the quilts she has made in the …

Inspiration Board : cross stitch generations

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  Have you seen Steph’s adorable cross stitch story in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living !? It is so sweet and inspiring. The whole time while she was developing it, I would look over her shoulder, admire yet another fun detail in a drawing, recognize a friend in a finished stitched piece …. …