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Short Film Set in 1961 NYC

Inspiration Board : Short Film Set in 1961 NYC

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My best friend, Nicki, is in the final steps of earning her MFA in film from San Francisco State. The preparation for her thesis film, Woo Woo, has consumed her the past few months, and up until this point Nicki has done all the work herself. She has really impressed me—I know the amount of work that …

Antiquing with the Collecting Department

Around Town : Antiquing with the Collecting Department

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A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take a day trip down to Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with the Collecting Department. Fritz and Liz toured me around a large outdoor antiques show, as well as several antiques shops that Fritz knew well in the area. There were so many treasures—I’ve never seen anything like it! …

Inspiration Board : Anchors Aweigh!

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I am a huge fan of all things nautical—as I mentioned once before, my dad is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy and I’m super-proud of that. I spent most of my early life on or near the water with him, so all things boating/fishing/Naval/sea-related bring that sense of comfort that only memories of …

INFINITE VARIETY - Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

Around Town : INFINITE VARIETY - Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

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Currently on display at the Park Avenue Armory here in NYC is one of the most impressive installations I have seen in a long time. Infinite Variety consists of 650 quilts, all red and white, hung dramatically from the rafters of the cavernous drill hall of the armory. I love how this moment came to happen: …

Celebrate : Homemade by Santa's Elves... well Martha's really!

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This Christmas I was most excited to give one gift in particular. For the newest member of the Graj family, I made a pillow out of an old shrunken cashmere sweater that belonged to his beloved Grandfather, whom he will never be able to meet. After seeing Julia Rothman’s free downloadable christmas tags, I was inspired to use …

Embroidered Halloween Badges Tutorial

Make It : Embroidered Halloween Badges Tutorial

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Today’s guest project is brought to us by Stephanie Housley from Coral & Tusk. What originally started as a handmade baby gift has since turned into a business of embroidered goods (and other delights) with a little help from our very own magazine! “I decided to create my own version of the game “Memory.” I …

Inspiration Board : Embroidery Designs

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I’ve been working on an embroidery project recently, and thinking about it has led me to find some interesting embroidery-related things online. Below is an assortment of things I’ve fancied lately. Elsie Svennas published several books (in both Swedish and English) on embroidery, lettering, and quilting in the 1960s. Sadly they’re now out of print …

A Patchwork Pillow

Make It : A Patchwork Pillow

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Our dear friend Laura Normandin is having a baby! We made a collective gift for Laura—an embroidered patchwork pillow. Athena cut small squares of linen, we each embroidered one or two, and then Steph assembled them into a pillow. It was great seeing all the different styles and techniques together—a personal gift with a lot …