Thursday, October 1, 2015

10 Favourite Podcasts

Mustard seed stitch scarf
Yesterday was international podcast day, and I thought I'd share a few of the podcasts that are inspiring me / teaching me something / keeping me company while I'm stitching. Embroidery-stitching, not knitting-stitching as the photo might suggest. Sadly, there's no time for knitting at the moment. I actually started that scarf in the photo a year ago and it's still not finished. Go figure. :-)

So, podcasts! I like interview style podcasts, where you get to hear the stories of artists, designers etc. My favourite podcasts of this type all have one thing in common: the guest(s) do the majority of the talking and the host gets out of the way. I get really annoyed listening to podcasts where the host just goes on and on - about the topic at hand and, even worse, about their personal life, dogs, vacations whatever. Save it for the aftershow people! :-)

I also like learning something - it makes me feel like I'm multitasking. :-)

In no particular order, here are some podcasts I listen to:

What's Your Story - hosted by Meighan O'Toole. "I sit down with artists, makers and creative individuals to talk about their work, hear about their stories and anything else that comes up in between." Wonderful, thoughtful conversations.

Here's The Thing - hosted by Alec Baldwin (yes, the Alec Baldwin). "...a series of intimate and honest conversations hosted by Alec Baldwin. Alec talks with artists, policy makers and performers – to hear their stories, what inspires their creations, what decisions changed their careers, and what relationships influenced their work." The stories are interesting and Baldwin's voice is very soothing to listen to.

The History of English Podcast - hosted by Kevin Stroud. "The Spoken History of A Global Language." Starting way back with the proto Indo-European language and then slowly moving towards Modern English. Some of it I was familiar with already and some is new to me. Fascinating stuff. I'm really tempted to binge-listen to this podcast, but I'm forcing myself to space it out a bit so I can enjoy it for longer.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin - hosted by Gretchen Rubin. "Rubin discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft." I've been following Gretchen rubin's blog for a long time, but I was kinda hesitant about the podcast. I think maybe it was because of the sisters on a podcast concept. I was afraid it wouldn't feel relevant. But it turns out that it's a great set up. If you're interested in habits and happiness, give it a listen.

The Craft Planner Podcast - hosted by Sandi Sawa Hazlewood. This podcast is another great interview style podcast. Sandi speaks to lots of quilters/sewers/textile artists. If there's a quilter you love s/he may just appear on this podcast. I was excited to listen to the Denyse Schmidt interview a little while back. :-)

The Good Life Project - hosted by Jonathan Fields. "In-depth, unscripted, deeply-inspiring conversations and insights from acclaimed artists, entrepreneurs, makers and world-shakers." More interviews. With people who seem to live very...purposeful lives. The conversations always have great depth to them and I always take away some insight about life and how to live it a little better.

Fresh Rag - hosted by Dave Conrey. "The No BS, Straight Talk Approach to Earning More from Your Creative Pursuits." Interviews with artists, crafters and makers, Mainly focused on the business side of things but also gereat insights into the creative process. And with the occasional swear word, just saying.

Creating Your Own Path - hosted by Jennifer Snyder. "In asking others about their journeys, I've found that we creatives often veer off course, forge our own paths and don't always fit a particular mold. We tend to be a multifaceted bunch and this interview series seeks to find common ground amongst us all. Prepare to be challenged, inspired and motivated." Another podcast with great questions and room for the guests to talk about their journey. And speaking of journey, Jennifer often travels to different cities to interview her guests in person. I think that adds an extra layer to the podcast.

The Infinite Monkey Cage - hosted by Brian Cox and Robin Ince. "Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes." Not a podcast per se, but you can subscribe to it (or download it), so I'm including it. The show has a panel of different guests who discuss various topics. Often some of the guests are comedians or other non scientists and that makes for very entertaining discussions.

The Life Scientific - hosted by Jim Al-Khalili. "Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for mankind." Also not a podcast as such, but it's good stuff to listen to if you're interested in contemporary science and scientists.

Right, that's it. A few things to keep your thoughts occupied while you stitch/run/do the dishes/drive cross country. Of course, now I'd love to know which podcasts you listen to. What inspires you?

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Finished Object :: Embellished Jacket

Flower Applique Jacket
When I bought this jacket earlier this year, I could immediately see the potential for embellishment. I mean, that pastel-y flower print was just begging for More Flowers!

Of course, I kept not doing it, and it was only a couple of weeks ago that I finally got my act together. Perfect timing, since this is a summer jacket. And how much exactly is left of summer? Yeah. ;-)

Anyway, this is so easy and if you're not super particular about things being precise and perfectly stitched, then it's also quite quick.

Cut out a bunch of flowers from fabric. Lay them out on your jacket. Then cut bits of Wundaweb that will fit the size of each flower. Place the Wundaweb between the jacket and the flowers and iron in place.

Sew around the edges, using a thread colour that will blend in, and you're done. Actually, you could skip the sewing step, but if you sew around the edges of the flowers, then they won't get worn as quick.

Flower Applique Jacket
As you can see, my sewing around the edges isn't terribly precise, but I was more concerned about getting this thing done before Christmas than how it looks close up. Because no one is going to look at it close up. :-D

Luckily, we've had a few days where I could still wear it so I won't have to wait for next spring to sport my flowery jacket.

Actually, I'm thinking I might add some more flowers. What do you think? Would that be over the top or just right?

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

New pattern on the way!

Fatimas Hand Embroidery Pattern
Oh man, you guys, I am so happy! It has been months since I last made a new pattern, so I am sooooo excited to finally have this one under way. I normally make 6-10 patterns each year, but so far I've made patterns. If you don't count the pattern club earlier this year, but in my mind that's kinda different.

Anyway, zero patterns this year. Seriously. Not good. Must do better.

I hope to have this finished this week, but I don't have big chunks of time to dedicate to stitching it, so we'll see.

New pattern. Soon. #kermitflail :-D

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

When Love Speaks :: Stitch Improv

When Love Speaks - stitch improv
This is another 'stitch improv' piece I am working on. It has a wee snippet of a Shakespeare quote on it. "When love sings". Right now I can't remember where exactly it's from. I guess I should look it up. Anyone know where it's from?

When Love Speaks - stitch improv
I like adding various 3D elements. And little treasures. That's how I think of them anyway. Bits of lace, beads and so on. It all adds to the story of the piece. What the story is..well, that's up to interpretation.

This piece will also have a little hidden secret. That scrap of Liberty fabric will be stitched down, so it will hide the heart. So you won't know it's there, unless you're in on the secret. :-)

When Love Speaks - stitch improv
I am still working on this, but eventually it will be in my shop. Maybe next week. Possibly with a couple of other pieces. :-)

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Screen printed scrap packs in my shop

Screen printed scraps
I had plans. Big plans. It was going to be awesome. My new thing. Screen printing designs for embroidering on that would be available as kits. Yes! I had been thinking about it ever since the fat quarterly retreat last summer when I took a screen printing workshop with Karen Lewis.

I got some materials: screen printing screen, squeegee, fabric etc etc. It took me a little while to find the time to get to printing. But then one day I was like, today's the day. I was going to print fabric and it was going to be awesome.

Except that it wasn't. Most of the prints didn't look as good as I had hoped. No doubt because of my lack of experience. I was disappointed nonetheless. How could I have messed up this much when the smaller prints I had done in the workshop had gone so well?

For weeks I couldn't even look at the pile of screen printed, not quite right, fabrics. I felt like such a failure. I had wasted fabric. The prints were not up to the standard I wanted for my kits. I hate wasting materials. I felt sooo stupid.

At the moment I don't have a lot of spare time or space in the house to give it another go and improve my technique. So one day I decided I had to let it go. I had to stop beating myself up over this 'failure'. Leave it for now. Move on. And I have.

Screen printed scraps
But I still have all that screen printed fabric sitting in a pile. Some of it I will use in a quilt, I've already made the top!

The rest I have put in my shop as 'seconds'. There are a few 'panels' and some scrap packs. It's not the kits I was dreaming of but atleast its something. So if you fancy something to embellish with stitches, or use in a quilt, head on over and check it out. Each panel or pack is unique and will never be repeated.

Go snap one up and make me feel a wee bit better about this whole thing. :-D

Stitching on screen print

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