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Quilt Progress

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I finished my quilt top! All Hand- Sewn!  I completely love it – but am a little nervous about the next steps…

A couple days ago, my sister Pearl came over and took some photos of me in my room.

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Photo by Pearl Beerhorst.

I had a studio space for a while last year, but it made me realize I honestly really like working out of my bedroom.

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Photo by Pearl Beerhorst.

I’ve been messing around with other quilt motifs – like log cabin.

To see more photos checkout Pearl’s Flickr.

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Also visit Pearl’s Etsy:  pearlsroom.etsy.com. She has been making some beautiful pins that I am crazy about!

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Puppets!

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Photo by me.

I was commissioned to make a set of 9 fairy-tale hand puppets! For The National Czech & Slovak Museum! It was an awesome challenge – cuz I’d never made a puppets before…  After a couple failed attempts I got the hang of it.

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Wolf.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Jester.

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Red Riding Hood.

Which one is your favorite?

Badges

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 Someone generously gave me a load of seed-beads about a month ago, and while experimenting with them I came up with these simple one word badges.

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They are inspired by girl scout merit badges – mixed with the idea of inverting derogatory or negative words – by owning them.

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I’m always trying to come up with different//interesting words to use, and would love to hear your suggestions!

tumblr_mfwwxhbRm91qh0qzio1_500Checkout my shop to see all currently available Badges.

Fair Isle Crochet

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I went to the pound thrift yesterday and bought around 40 pounds of old T-shirts and sheets for rug making. At the Pound thrift or (Goodwill Outlet Center) they sell stuff by the pound which makes for some unbeatable deals!

Just to let you know, if you think a normal Goodwill atmosphere is grim the pound thrift is positively  hellish. The stuff is in large plastic tubs on wheels and every half hour they bring out new tubs full of new stuff and people go CRAZY trying to be the first to get at the new stuff, sort of like competitive dumpster diving.

Well I survived —  and I’m happy to have a so much new material, because I started experimenting with fair isle crochet.

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Fair isle crochet allows me to make patterns within the rug!

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This month it’s my goal to have at least 2 full pages of inventory my Etsy shop. One of the things that is helping me accomplish this is the awesome RadioLab podcasts guaranteed to blow your mind while you craft!

COLOR

\\Black Eyed Susan recycled rag rug//

photos by me!

I love color! and I’m trying to push myself to use it more bravely. Now that I’ve made over 100 rugs, if I’m not careful I can start to repeat myself…

My Mother has an impressive interior decorating and craft book collection, and when I was little I poured over them for hours.

One of my all time favorites was/is Kaffe Fassett’s “Welcome Home”  (do yourself a favor and buy this book.)

Kaffe Fassett can do pretty much everything! paint, mosaic, fabric design, needle point, knit, rug hook, quilt, but his true genius lies in his visionary use of color. Also I blame him for my unbridled love of giant cabbage roses..