I have a favorite kind of sketchbook (paperchase’s A5 plain paper spiral bound $8 notebook
) so I have several blank ones on hand, and decided to sew myself a cozy to keep my current sketchbook and pencil in. Since I knew I would be using the same size sketchbook for as long as possible, it was easy to measure the one I had, add 1 inch around (.25 seam allowance and .25 around each side for wiggle room) I used my current favorite method of finishing the edges with bias tape. I made a quilted front using my Technicolor Halloween fabrics
, and Kona cotton. I had so much fun making it that I have been trying to think what else in my life I need to sew a cozy for. It’s been very handy to as I used to set down my pencil and then have to search around the house every time I wanted to draw. Now with the zipper, my pencil gets closed up inside the cozy.
When creating my quilt for the show at the Fuller Craft Museum I designed a fabric of rainbow squares with my illustrations. These were created so that once cut up I could create hexagons using the english paper piecing method. A few people expressed interest in getting that fabric when I posted a peek of my hexagon making on instagram, so I decided to create a whole new fabric to offer for sale on Spoonflower. The fabric for the show quilt fit on a fat quarter and I wanted to challenge myself to fill one yard of fabric with 168 different characters. While some illustrations are similar (there are a few gnomes but they are each wearing different colored clothing and hats) each illustration is different. You can now find the fabric at Spoonflower here
Spoonflower is also currently offering 15-20% off fabric through until 10am EDT Monday May 9th!
CounterCraft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
May 7, 2016 – July 10, 2016
This exhibition will showcase the boundless imagination of the makers and designers in the DIY culture and the principles upon which it has developed. The “indie craft” movement encourages makers to express their unique viewpoint on the world through one-of-a-kind objects created with elevated technical skill, new or traditional craft techniques, and a modern design aesthetic. This exhibition is curated by Faythe Levine, a multi-media artist and curator with deep ties to the Indie Craft Movement. Faythe directed the documentary, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design (2009) and authored the book by the same name. This exhibition was made possible by generous support from the Gretchen Keyworth Exhibitions Fund. Be sure to attend the reception on Saturday, May 7, 2:00 – 5:00 pm with a panel discussion led by Faythe Levine and a screening of her documentary “Handmade Nation.”
The exhibition features the following artists:
Ginger Brooks Takahashi
New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA)
Erin M. Riley
Caitlin Rose Sweet