Sophie’s Waltyn Sweater

The last sweater I made for Sophie met a rather unfortunate end.  I think she tied it around her waist while she was riding her bike late this past fall and the wheel must have rubbed against the knit, making quite a large hole and my darning skills weren’t up to the task of that […]

Teaching Them Embroidery

The girls have been watching me while I work on embroidering doll faces and they asked if they could do some hand stitching as well.  It’s been a while since I first taught them how to embroider.  Like so many things children learn, they’re interested for a while, then set it aside for a time. […]

Birthday Mermaids – Rosie and Rachel

Sophie turned six today. Six. Whoa.  She is the last of the four family birthdays in three weeks.  This girlie, she keeps us on our toes. Her “live in the moment” attitude, her deep belly laugh, her snuggly ways, her own unique sense of style. She asked for a mermaid dolphin princess for her birthday. […]

Work to do

My experiment with some natural dyes have led me to want to experiment more. I found some information on using spent daffodil blooms for yellow, so we get to accomplish two things at once – remove the shriveled blossoms so the gardens look prettier, and collect the shriveled blossoms so I can try some dyeing […]

rope therapy

My stitching with rope as a way to focus has been exactly what I needed and didn’t know. I’ve been making, and experimenting, and, well, playing, with the rope. Playing with shapes and thread colors, and moving into playing with colors through natural dyes – only turmeric and strawberry so far, but I’m so excited […]

Thoughts Spinning

My goodness I’ve been absent for such a long while! We find ourselves to be in a season full of so much potential change. I find my thoughts spinning out of control at times, as one decision nearly made presents even more changes and choices to be thought out. So many things to be considered […]