Currently Digging

March 7, 2011
Vintage Thread{photo source}

Daydreaming About Sewing

School has been so crazy, and I have been craving some sewing time. I have a few coffee cozy orders I’m excited to work on over break, but I also want to make time to sew some things for myself. After a hectic quarter at school, I just really need to decompress and make something fun.

Last night I went through my fabric stash, and picked out some patterned cottons, and paired each with a matching solid corduroy. I have combos of: warm orange/brown, cool green/blue/cream, and a fun black/aqua/white. My goal is to make myself three dresses over spring break. I’m picturing corduroy bodices and cotton skirts—all worn with a belt, of course. I think they’ll be lovely! A trip to the Knittn’ Kitten is order first, though, because I need to pick up some zippers and possibly some trim.

Spring Sunshine{photo source}

Longer Days

I’ve been noticing the sun rising earlier and setting later, and I absolutely love it. Every year, I really relish the feeling of spring approaching, and I’m so stoked that next weekend we can set the clocks ahead for daylight saving time, which to me, is the ultimate signifier of spring. More daylight? Yes please! It always makes me feel invigorated and inspired.

David Choe Thumbs Up{photo source}

Thumbs Up with David Choe

Chas and I have been watching a pretty rad TV series called Thumbs Up. The show follows artist David Choe and his sidekick Harry Kim as they hitchhike great lengths for weeks on end. The show is split into three seasons: L.A. to Miami*, Tijuana to Alaska, and then finally a journey across China.

We watched seasons one and two last week, and then started season three on Friday. Choe and Kim make a great, mischievous team who are both hilarious and adventurous—the perfect combination to make a show like this fun and interesting. The show touches not only on the places they visit—and they ways they get there—but all the weirdos they meet along the way, too. I’m totally enjoying it!

* For some reason, this season drops off after they arrive in Louisiana. If it exists, we can’t seem to find the rest of the season anywhere online.

Video Tutorial: Sew A Button

December 17, 2010

For today’s crafty tutorial, we have Jake O’Donnell showing us the proper way to sew a button onto a garment.

Jake is a Portland artist, designer, and musician. We used to play together in the Jolenes, and in addition to being a percussion whiz, he made our band so many amazing matching outfits! Be sure check out Jake’s current band, The Satin Chaps.


The Knittn’ Kitten

November 12, 2010

On Tuesday I went to the Knittn’ Kitten to take some photos for a school project I’m working on. I’m posting some of my photos here to remind my fellow Portlanders that if you’re making any handmade gifts this holiday season, the Kitten can hook you up with whatever you need—at bargain prices.

And remember, you can always call the store to ask if they have certain items in stock. Ethel & Rome are awesome ladies, who are super friendly and helpful.

Inventory Knittn Kitten

Pink and Red Spools of Thread

Button Cards

Knitting Needles

Blue and Brown Vintage Fabric

Hand-Dyed Lace by Ethel of the Knittn Kitten

Crochet Thread

Rick Rack at the Knittn' Kitten


Retro Sewing Patterns at the Knittn' Ktiten

Knittn Kitten Inventory

Embroidery Floss

Yarn at the Knittn Kitten

Craft/Sewing Podcast Survey

October 2, 2008

I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a podcast show about sewing and crafting for awhile now. I have some background in Podcasting (it’s part of what I do at my day job), and I know first hand that they can be a lot of fun. However, before I jump in head first on this, I want to gather a little bit of information from people who love to sew and make crafts. I want to know what topics they are most interested in, so I could make a show that people will look forward to each week. So, if you could be so kind as to take my quick survey (only nine questions!), I would be forever grateful!

Also, If you have any questions or additional thoughts about podcasts, feel free to leave me a comment in this post.

Sewing Tutorial Round-Up

September 8, 2008

I’ve been way into watching sewing tutorials on YouTube lately. It’s fun to learn new things, and also to learn tricks and tips on various things I already know how to do. Here are some of my favorite tutorials:

Seams: Learn how to make the following: Plain Seam, Basting Stitch, Slot Seam, Flat-Felled Seam, French Seam, Plain Seam with Clean Edge Finish, Welt Seam, Open Welt Seam.

Elastic: Learn a simple & smart method of sewing in an elastic waistband.

Fold Over Elastic (FOE): Learn how to sew fold over elastic.

No Swearing Bias Tape Method: Learn a fool-proof method for sewing bias tape onto fabric.