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New Jacket on My Board

In process, a new jacket! I’ve had a very fun few days pinning all the bias tubes in place. Next up, baste. Then, hand stitch everything down. Can’t wait!
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SAM, Peonies and New Projects

I love walking into art museums with no particular agenda. Last weekend I was able to do just that at the Seattle Art Museum. One step in, right in the main lobby, was ‘Middle Fork’ an amazing piece by John Grade. A sculpture of a 140 year old hemlock from the Middle Fork area of the […]
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Beaded Plus

I had made a version of this beaded jacket a few months ago. Judy asked for a similar jacket with a little more length. Plus a top to go under. And, how about adding some beads to the top? Yes! And Yes! Excellent idea Judy! A close up.
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Spring Fever

Finally! Spring is here! Since the early 1940s, only one other year has been wetter than this one. It’s been rain, rain, rain, followed by more rain. And then some more. [shhhh, this is a secret: I do not mind the rain. I’ve been just fine inside, right in front of my sewing machine.] But, […]
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Next Generation

Every new jacket I make has its genesis from a previous design. One idea will spawn another. Or,  a new fabric inspires a new direction. Or a customer asks for a change that in turn sends me off into new ideas and new possibilities. Sometimes the connection is obscure, it makes sense to me, but […]
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Piecing Meisen

All last week I was piecing meisen…… ‘Piecing Meisen’, doesn’t it sounds like the title of a novel? Anyway, My week. I spent it cutting up the beautiful Japanese ikat fabric, meisen. You remember meisen, you weave it, print the design, unweave and reweave. Yep, reweave. For that soft edge on all the shapes. So […]
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Black on Black Swing

A quick snapshot before it was boxed and shipped to its new home. A coat from all black silks, pieced into strips sewn together with a beautiful black wool. I had started this a few weeks back and promised a picture of the finished coat. Thank you Jackie for coming up with a great idea. […]
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Workshop in Winter Park

I left Portland, where it was the end of winter, a few buds here and there and hints of spring. And landed in Florida, with 90 degree days, a warm sun shinning and orchids thriving on the back patio. Louise Cutting had arranged 2 [!] retreats, each with fabulous groups of eager sewers. We set […]
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Winter Park Workshop

Hosted by the amazing Louise Cutting, next week I’ll be teaching a workshop in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. Teaching is an excellent brain exercise. You have to break down each part of the process into an understandable and logical order. Normally three or four steps ahead of where I am, I’ll need to slow down and […]
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Black on Black

I have a system in place for my pieced swing coats and choose the colors carefully. So when people ask if I can make one in a different color way, I almost always have to decline. However, this one intrigued me, black on black. Nothing but texture to differentiate the various fabrics. Below, the coat […]
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