Thursday, April 30, 2009

boing boing has a great posting up

seems like someone is copying sublime stitching and that AIN'T RIGHT! i've posted about this great site before. i'm NOT an embroiderer (or wasn't) BUT coincidentially, YESTERDAY even before i read this boing boing posting i got out my threads, my needles and my hoop. i swear i did. coincidence???????? i think not. i'll be ordering from sublime TODAY. it's the right thing to do!

Mister Jalopy: "$upport Independent Business and Reject the Fakers"

.................A few years ago, I wrote:

Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people you hate.
Punk rock was profoundly important to me. The power, the rage and the message. It was authenticity incarnate. A clarity and directness with a political message that was overpowering. As big corporations watched, they started to smell money. They circled and studied. And they aped the aesthetics, but we knew it was fake. Now, I hear The Clash or The Stranglers or The Undertones and I am still amazed. The corporate fakers faded away and the real deal survives...............

.................Urban Threads has so brazenly ripped off Sublime Stitching that I can't help but wonder if Jenny Hart is the only artist that has been ripped off. Please, take a moment to look at the Urban Threads catalog of designs and see if you recognize any other chicanery. Let us know, we will pass it along...................

ravings of a semi-sane madwoman: this is a story about knitting

ravings of a semi-sane madwoman: this is a story about knitting

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

margaret wertheim is crocheting a coral reef

(with her sister). and no, i'm NOT kidding. man, i'd love to have a beverage with them!
(and the REASON they're doing it is rather cool as well)
from ted (ideas worth spreading)
Talks Margaret Wertheim: The beautiful math that links coral, crochet and hyperbolic geometry

they're crafting with nature

over at craftzine

this is spectacular! and they show you how to

wood inlay jewelry (really it IS stunning)


Wooden Jewels for the Novice
Make intricate wood-inlay jewelry with the simplest of skills.
Diane Gilleland

You don't need any woodworking skills to make this fancy-looking wooden jewelry. The secret is inlay strips, which are sold pre-made as decorative elements for fine woodworking projects. They're beautiful and easy to cut, and have lots of craft applications.

Here, with just a little glue and varnish, we'll make an inlay pendant, earrings, and zipper pull.......

pic from the craftzine site

Thursday, April 16, 2009

this my dears is right up my alley!

make a yarn remnant necklace with a natural twist from Tina Hilton, contributor at craftstylish

Photo: AJ Hilton

i've made yarn necklaces before. i've used a bunch of different materials as well. however, i've never used what ms hilton has. how absolutely lovely! and i do thank her for sharing. the shawl pin is absolute genius!

makes me smile

lisa hannigan

oh and she stitched (yes, i said stitched) the cover art for her cd and liner notes. again, i am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO smiling

vickie howell (i LOVE that woman!)

shows us how to crochet a wooden bowl

(photo from the project by Tanner Howell)

oh come on now

how cool is this skirt from evil mad scientist laboratories???

it of course is the missile command circle skirt AND you can make one too!

(pic from evil mad scientist)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

it's been a while

since we've seen anything TETRIS

(ht: boing boing)

................Brazilian designers Diego Silvério and Helder Filipov created this stacking Tetris furniture..............


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

if you're in the hood..............

Fashioning Felt: Exhibit at Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum
If you'll be in NYC between now and September 7, 2009 be sure to take a field-trip to the Fashioning Felt exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Below is the museum's description of the exhibition:

more odd public

statuary from dark roasted blend

you MUST check them ALL out

13. Happy in Chattanooga, Tennessee - via Sean Phipps
14. Skull involved in non-traditional activity, Prague - via Patton

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

i like!

well if it's colorful, chances are i'm gon love it (i'm not a little white lights kind of grrrl. while they're fine for some, i go the guerrilla decorating style of multi color, multi themed lights)

look at this grand charm bracelet from serendipity! it's to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the very hungry caterpillar by eric carle

picture from serendipity

(and don't forget you can use some of those #6 food containers for shink plastic)

(ht: the crafty crow)

mark your calendars

for art in the rough a weekend art retreat for women

june 26-29th

here's the entire scoop on registration and events (from navel jelly)