Category Archives: handmade

Truth to Materials – Patagonia

I admire the Truth to Materials campaign at Patagonia.  I especially like the look of their reclaimed down scarves by Natalie Chanin.

These scarves look like that type of clothing that you reach for over and over again because they are truly comfortable and warm.

patagonia-scarf-on-woman450Images from Patagonia website.

P.S.  I just bought one in black. A holiday gift for myself.

Freak of the Week on Crispina

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I am the Freak of the Week on Crispina’s website.  Click on the screenshot above and see what it’s all about. Crispina offers great looking workshops.  Someday I hope to take either the Sweater Chop Shop or the Potholder Rug Weaving Workshop, or both.  Her workshops for 2014 are posted on her website.  Below are examples of Crispina’s work.


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You can follow Crispina on Facebook and Twitter or visit her Etsy Shop.


Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.


I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

upcycled shirt on wall

Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.


I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.


mustard table runner

The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.

half moon pouch grey

half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at if you have any questions.




chases-garageI went to the CHASES GARAGE Open Studios last night.  Very welcoming and inspiring.  They offer memberships in their PRINTMAKING and CERAMICS studios.  Makerspaces rule! They happen to be firing ceramics in the back yard when I arrived.  I don’t know anything about this process but it sure looks cool.



I am attracted to the work of Alyssa Grenning.  She was not in her studio and I didn’t want to take any close-up photos of her work without her permission so I just snapped this photo below.  You can see more of her work on her website. Right.


Also loving — Ashley Norman.  Her studio is like candy. Love her sense of color and balance.  Her studio was crowded so I just took a picture of her photo display in the gallery space.  She has a blog you should follow.


Allison May Kiphuth creates miniature dioramas in vintage boxes.  The image below is taken from her webpage on the Chases Garage website.


The one piece that I saw that really engaged me was something Allison created with found objects.  Allison created a mobile with the orphan hands of vintage clocks.  She tied them with string onto a vintage saw blade. Although I didn’t ask — I’m quite sure this piece is not for sale.  Too precious.

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