boro stitching


It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I needed to take a break from my creative work. Funny though, I found that I missed cataloging my adventures. So, here I am with my newest crafting adventure, boro stitching. Google it. The images are so yummy!

I’ve been wanting to take this class with Jody Alexander for some time, but my schedule never matched. Jody is an artist, bookbinder, librarian, and teacher who lives and works here in my home town of Santa Cruz, California. Here is her current listing of classes.

I’ve taken her book binding class and fell in love with book binding all over again. Recently, she published a book with Blurb Books, The Boro Aesthetic: Books, Bags, Zakka and Zokin. Well, I couldn’t resist and it has been AWEsome! Here are some of my pages from the book I did following her easy step by step instructions.


I’m going to try a boro bag next. Drop me a line and let me know what have you been up to this week. I’m super interested in your crafting and adventures.


grandsons and spoonflower

Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s an online store where you can upload your digital art and print it on fabric, wall paper and gift wrap. Here is a pattern design I created and had printed on fabric for my dad’s curtains in his camper. He wanted polka dots and it had to match his cushion fabric.


Anyway, Spoonflower is where I returned to last week to start a new project for my grandson, who is three. He just started drawing people. Below is a picture he drew of himself and his mom and dad.


I wanted to take his person and create fabric just like I did for my dad’s curtains. So, I took one of his drawings and uploaded it to Spoonflower and had it printed on a fat quarter of cotton. Here is his person printed on the fat quarter.


Then I made it into a stuffed pillow / person for him. It’s super soft. It’s funny, he thought when it was done, it looked like a tooth. What do you think?


What have you been up to this week?


softies, buppies, lovies, teething swatches

My daughter is expecting twins before the end of the year, a boy and a girl. I had fun making them some buppies as my family calls them. Others call them softies, bubbies, lovies or teething blankets. Here is the soft fabric and ribbon I used.

boy girl

Here are my piecing pictures.

boy2 girl-2

Here I am sewing.


And here are the final buppies; they are super soft.

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What have you been up to this week?



feedsack fabric lust

I am loving the original feedsack fabrics. Feedsacks were initially made in the 1800’s of heavy canvas, and were used to obtain flour, sugar, meal, grain, salt and feed from the mills.Thrifty housewives took them and began to make dish clothes, diapers, nightgowns, and other household items. Magazine and pattern companies took notice and started matching fabric and wallpaper in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Here is some of the feedsack fabric I found on etsy that I LOVE. What would you make out of these sacks?

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What have you been up to this week?


california, pennsylvania, and mom

This past week I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to create something to commemorate the state I was born in, Pennsylvania, and the state that I have lived in for more than 25 years, California. I started by drawing both states on my Wacom tablet that I got for my birthday. Here is a pic of my drawings.

States Photo

I printed them and cut the states out of some fabric that my mom sent me for mother’s day. Don’t get me started here…My mom sent me two bags full of AWEsome fabric. The best part of all was that it smelled like my mom. It made me miss her, thus the nostalgia. She lives in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, far from California. Below is the fabric I used.

States 2

I then sewed the states onto a tank top that was looking for something to jazz it up. I added a heart near Hershey, the city where I grew up and Santa Cruz, where I currently live. Here is the final shirt. Can you tell it’s Pennsylvania and California?

States 3

What have you been up to this week?


sewing my first dress

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been sewing my first dress. I talked about the bias tape experience here. Well I’ve finally completed it and for the most part I am pretty pleased. The pattern is from dottie angel and it’s a Simplicity pattern. I used a grey/black linen. I couldn’t find any vintage patterned fabric that I liked, but will keep hunting. Here are some pictures of the process and the final dress.

Dress Pattern

The directions were totally foreign to me. I had to look a lot of things up on the computer.

Dress Making

I traced the pattern on ground cover fabric. Cut out the ground cover fabric and pinned it to my fabric.

Dress Making

Here is a shot of the darts and the tie. Love how the darts turned out.

Dress Darts

The dreaded pockets.

Dress Pockets

And here is the final unironed dress on the hanger.

dress hung

Here I am wearing it. Happy that I’m done.

Kyrrha Dress

What have you been up to this week?


bias tape

I’ve been learning how to make my own bias tape this week. It’s been really hard and I have to admit, I’ve gone back to the store to by premade tape. I’ve been using the bias tape on pockets of a dress. (A blog post to come.) Here are some pics of the bias tape fiasco.

Here was the beginning. I was so excited it came through the bias tape maker rather easily. I then began to iron. Well, I didn’t know that linen isn’t the easiest material to keep a crease and to iron neatly. ;(

Bias Tape

Here I am trying to attach the bias tape to the pocket. It wasn’t staying creased. I began pinning myself. I started to hate sewing.


Finally, after an hour or so, here are two pockets with bias tape. This took a lot of patience on my part. I was pleased once they were pinned. Little did I know that this wasn’t the hardest part.

2 Pockets

I then tried to sew the pockets on the front of the dress. I tried four times, four different ways. I finally cheated and will show you what happened in a later post. YES, I did go back to Harts Fabrics and buy black bias tape for the neck and arms. I am determined to not go through this fiasco on the top part of the dress.

What have you been up to this week?


zipper and drawstring bags

It’s been raining here like crazy. So, what else is a girl to do, but get out her sewing machine and have some fun. I’ve been practicing with zippers and creating bags. Here are a few. The one below is from my own fabric design. So fun to have my own design on a bag.

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The next few are from my scraps. Super fun.

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blue bag

Love this cat bag with the fish in his mouth.

cat bag

Here are two drawstring bags that I made for my grandson. They are easy for him to open and close.

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Scooby Bag

What have you been up to this week?


rainy, sewing day

It’s been raining here in Happy Valley. So, I took advantage of the house time by sewing up a cover for my sewing machine. I found some really cute coated cloth and headed to Pinterest where I found this easy to follow, sewing machine cover tutorial.

Here is my fabric.

Sewing Cover Sewing Machine Cover

Here is the lovely machine that my mom handed down to me. Love it!

Sewing Machine Cover

And here is the machine with the cover. I really like how it turned out.

Sewing 4

What have you been up to this week?