I know it has been pretty quiet over here. It has not been quiet in my life! I am making great progress on my ornament patterns and hope to publish 5 designs in mid-July, when I get back from Portland, Oregon.
And, I took another trip down to Brooklyn for some West Elm business- that made the 3rd trip to NY in 5 weeks! I stopped in Connecticut to see family. I’ve spent some time making new clothes- I really ought to do a post about that. But, mostly I have been concentrating on pattern writing and photo taking.
And, wow, is my desk messy. Lots and lots of tiny bits of paper and thread and felt.
And samples and more samples.
I’m hoping to be back to the regular making schedule once I am back from my trip and the patterns are ready.
A fox forest explorer. He has his day bag on his back.
A cashmere scarf to keep the chill out.
And here is his wardrobe and bag contents-
A close-up of his pack.
Silk bow, striped cashmere sweater, dress with snails- what could be more summer-y!
And a fox girl!
She has a cashmere cape that closes with an antique shell button.
And there is her bunny (this one is grey), peaking out of her bag.
In with the foxgloves!
And a close-up of the treasures in her bag.
A close-up of the silk bow at her ear-
and her Marimekko fabric jacket, flower buttons, and bunny toy.
And another close-up of the bunny because isn’t he cute!
Some of these foxes are made from wool I dyed last summer. My not-very-good dye job means slight variations in color which I happen to like a lot!
I think he has a very nice face- he looks sincere.
His vest is a print of ginkgo leaves.
A close-up of his pipe and briefcase.
I was inspired by Japanese school bags for her back pack.
And here is what is in her bag because I know you want to see!
This dark blue dress fabric has always seemed a bit witch-y to me. Are there little fox girl witches?
Her jacket is a printed flannel and she has a spider web-by scarf around her neck.
In this photo you can see the pattern on the flannel jacket.
And of course she has her school bag because even little fox witches have to go to school.
He is pretty fancy in all the bright colors-
Another face close-up, straight on (mug shot), where you can see his handkerchief in his pocket.
I am so behind on all the things I want to post about! I wanted a travel bag and so bought a pattern for the Cooper Bag. After I bought the pattern, I realized that I would never make it unless I scheduled a time. So, I signed up for a class at Gather Here- 3 evenings in May. It was a lot of fun to get out of the house and make something completely different and spend time with other makers!
Here it is, all finished, front and back.
And the inside-
And here I am, testing it out on my recent trip to NYC.
My thoughts on it after my trip. It is a great size for an overnight or weekend bag. I could fit everything I needed into it. It is too big for what I want in an everyday bag though, so that means I need to find something else to cover that. I think I would prefer strap closure to the snaps (or in addition to)- the snaps worked well but if I tried to over-stuff, even a little, I couldn’t secure the bag closed. I wish it had a secure outside pocket for things like tickets. The pockets at the bottom back edge are so public (?)- it felt like anything I put there could so easily be slipped out by someone behind me. I put an umbrella in one and a notebook in another. Those are all minor criticisms though- the bag worked well for my trip and I know I will get a LOT of use out of it!