Now on Etsy: Two Yoga Mat Bags

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts, Colors

I made and listed two more yoga mat bags.

The first has a cheerful, modern floral print. The outdoor fabric is stain and water resistant (but not waterproof), and the bottom and shoulder strap are made with burgundy red canvas.

Yoga Mat Bag YB001b

For the second yoga bag, I repurposed a remnant of a calm paisley print in pale aqua and brown. A dark brown cotton with tiny white polka dots makes a nice, strong accent on the shoulder strap.

Yoga Mat Bag YB002c

Both are in my Etsy shop now!

Close Quarters: Celestial Bookstore Ceilings

Colors, Design & Designers, Room of Awesome

Twitter has certainly delivered its share of beauty to my door this week. First, through Atlas Obscura, I found this breathtaking bookstore interior:

 

The store is called Albertine and it’s in Upper East Side on Manhattan, New York, NY. Here is a view of the celestial diagram from directly underneath:

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Albertine bookstore by Bartelstone; via Atlas Obscura.

(Visit the Atlas Obscura’s website for more photos!)

Then, quite by accident, I ran into a beautiful star-embroidered dress on the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Twitter account:

The dress almost looks like it was designed to complement the room. Also, it seems to be from the same period as the Valentino fall winter 2015-2016 collection that I blogged about. The colorways and the simple lines are certainly similar.

Thank you, serendipity, for delivering to me this gorgeous pairing!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Multicolor Coordinating Bag Tassel

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Do you ever make tassels? Back when I was playing with book bag prototypes, just on a whim I made a tassel for one of them:

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel Closeup

It’s attached to the top of the side seam, so it’s not really a bag charm.

Fuchsia Book Bag w Tassel

 

I made it with yarns that match the fabric colors, with fuchsia on the outside and pale yellow and two different greens on the inside.

I still like how the other shades peek through the hot pink. I’m just not sure how practical it is. Thoughts?

Colorful Book Bag Prototypes

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY

Some prototypes from a past sewing project:

Past Projects Book Bags

These small book bags / fold-away shopping bags all have slightly different construction or proportions. I kept changing details until I found a solution I was happy with.

The colors still make me smile. 🙂

Shop my book bags here.

When Even the Waste Looks Good

Behind the Scenes, Colors, Fabrics & Materials

Recently I’ve worked on several small projects with colorful fabrics. One of the delights of working with bright colors is that even the littlest scraps look cheerful!

Colorful Clippings

It’s especially nice on grey days. This weekend’s forecast looks rainy; I’d better bring out my scraps bin again for more projects. 🙂

Flying Geese in Rainbow Colors

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers

Work in progress: a prototype with flying geese piecing made from scraps in rainbow colors.

Work in Progress Apr 26

This is one possible layout. I was originally thinking two mirrored table runners or small mats, but seeing them on the floor like this makes me wonder whether one lapquilt might look better after all. Clearly I will have to experiment! 🙂

Discoveries: Embroidered Forest Animals on Hand Dyed Fabric

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

Illustrator Chloe Giordano sells cards and prints of embroidered bunnies and other animals on Etsy. And they’re amazing! Below are just of my favorites: a winter mountain hare and a sleeping fawn:

Chloe Giordano Winter Mountain Hare Print

Winter Mountain Hare Print. Chloe Giordano.

Chloe Giordano Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card

Sleeping Fawn Greetings Card. Chloe Giordano.

Clearly a lot of work went into the embroideries. I also love the hand dyed fabrics she uses as the background – the colors are gorgeous. It looks like Giordano uses regular sewing thread to create her intricate designs. Not the most obvious choice, but it makes a lot of sense now that I think about it. The thread is sure to be durable for one thing.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

My Con or Bust Donations for 2017

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

Here are my donations for Con or Bust‘s yearly online auction for 2017: two sleep masks.

One is a sleepy critter. It’s made from brown polyester felt lined with a soft linen blend fabric; there’s also felt applique (ears and nose) and embroidery (eyes).

Critter Sleep Mask Collage

The other has a stylized dragon embroidered as an interlace pattern on black polyester felt lined with navy blue cotton.

Dragon Sleep Mask Collage

Bidding will start in two weeks, on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Before that, you can have a look at the 2017 Auction Index (Google spreadsheet), visit the Con or Bust website for more information or browse the 2017 Auction Tags.

Con or Bust, Inc., is a U.S.-based, tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.

As I’ve had firsthand experience of being on a miniature budget and having to limit my geeky hobbies accordingly (i.e., not that much fun), I decided to add Con or Bust to my list of things worthy of support. This is my second time donating.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Moomins at Paris Fashion Week, Fall 2016

Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials

Moomin is one of the most widely known Finnish brands. It’s not what comes to mind when talking about high fashion, though.

The spring/summer17 collection from AALTO, a fashion brand by Finnish designer Tuomas Merikoski, did the previously unthinkable and introduced Moomins at Paris Fashion Week in September 2016. I only just discovered it, and it’s pretty exciting!

The Official Moomin Site AALTO-x-Moomin-Featured-960x502

AALTO International via The Official Moomin Site.

The collection called Uusi Fantasia (New Fantasy) takes illustrations from a 1977 picture book by author and artist Tove Jansson (Sw. Den farliga resan, Fin. Vaarallinen matka, Engl. The Dangerous Journey).

Wikipedia Tove Jansson 1st ed Den farliga resan Dangerous_journey

Tove Jansson: Den farliga resan (The Dangerous Journey), 1st edition cover. Via Wikipedia.

According to Helsingin Sanomat, the collection mixes the Moomin world with grunge ideology, among others, and is unique in that illustrations from the whole work, not just part, were licensed for it. Pieces include for instance pantsuits, dresses, t-shirts, jackets, knits and these incredible hand-embroidered Too-Ticky shoes:

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Too-Ticky shoes. AALTO International via The Official Moomin Site.

And look at the Moomin fabric:

Fashion Network AALTO International ss17 Moomin Fabric Detail

AALTO International via Fashion Network. Detail.

Looks like a brocade weave. Gorgeous – and fun! – in any case.

I don’t really follow fashion (except accidentally), but even I can tell that this collection has some neat details. See more photos at ParisFashionWeek.buzz or Fashion Network; or read the report at The Official Moomin Site.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.