13 December, 2007

sew crafty

Fall and winter are slow seasons at work for me, which is perfect because with the turning of the leaves I often like to curl up with some creative projects and get ready for the cozy months. This year however, pregnancy has unlocked some hidden reserves of creativity, and I find myself passionately working on projects at every free moment. While the summer was all about making little drawings, the fall has spawned a brand new fascination for me - sewing. I could only manage to sew a straight line when I bought Amy Karol's book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing, which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn to sew quick, easy, and friendly projects. Nearly all the projects below are from her book.

Zoe's birthday hat, from felted wool sweaters.

Baby bibs for a friend (Oona's are in the production line)

my growing belly, and my current favorite fabric sack.

a new bag to hold crafty supplies

and holiday stockings, of course

This is a quilt I made for Oona. I started hand sewing all the patches together last winter, took spring and summer off, and then finished this winter. I machine quilted the whole thing together.

And Timon's sew crafty too - we spent last sunday threading cranberries and popcorn for a garland for our tree.

Happy Holidays!


tm said...

i do have to comment that the felted Zoey hat is made from sweaters we found at a thrift store in williamsburg, brooklyn. terribly ugly sweaters that we overpaid for ($2 and $3), but made of great soft merino wool and cashmere blends. when keel washed and shrunk them, the felt was perfect for hats. this girl has the knack! -tm

Rachel said...

beautiful work keely. patchwork quilts always seemed so daunting and you made one, i am so impressed. i'm going to check that book out. i think the book i bought bites off a little too much for me to chew or something like that. big kisses and hugs. rach.