Last fall, I preordered Natalie's newest book, The Geometry of Stitches. When it was delivered in November, I was so pleased. Not only did it describe many of the decorative stitches that Alabama Chanin uses to embellish their garments, but it included some great tools to help even a beginner master the stitches. My … Continue reading The Striped Scarf
Ever wanted to buy one of Alabama Chanin's scrap fabric bundles and you weren't sure what to do with it? Here's what I did.
Events, Holidays, Freezing temps, it's been a whirlwind since I last wrote so I figured I needed to take a moment to catch up. My holiday events were such a great experience; I got to talk with some people who already know about Natalie and Alabama Chanin and to introduce some new people to hand … Continue reading 2018 Catch up
A couple of months ago, I saw an Alabama Chanin post on Instagram where they were having a community day, and they had an activity set up where participants could use 4" x 4" squares of their organic cotton, both plain and stenciled, to try their hand at hand stitching. What a great opportunity! Like … Continue reading Sachet Tutorial
It's hard not to view the images of the Alabama Chanin Flag and not be inspired. When I was at the factory, I coveted the flag they had on display. Then last December Alabama Chanin announced in their journal they decided to discontinue this version of the flag quilt DIY kit. It was hard to … Continue reading Old Glory
Sometimes, it’s the unexpected finds that are the best. One of the treasures I discovered when I visited The Factory last November was a beaded and ruffled clutch. I didn’t discover it until the last day as it was quietly sitting on a shelf of fabric scraps. I think that’s one of the things that … Continue reading DIY Clutch
I was having a conversation with a friend the other day while we were walking our dogs; the topic, transitions are hard. In my case, the transition into summer vacation. It started the end of May when my volunteer job, co-chair of the 8th grade dance, kicked in. I lost track of Me Made May, … Continue reading Where did June go?
Week three and I'm running out of steam and me made clothes. Lots of repeats this week but it is forcing me to find new ways to wear the same clothes. Add a layer here, a piece of jewelry there, change up the shoes, mix and match with other pieces in my closet. That's what this … Continue reading #MMMay2017 week three
Week two in the books and it's working, I'm definitely learning about what clothes I need to make next. At the end of this, I'm scared I'm going to have a really long list. This has been a tough week. Most of the clothes I've made are sleeveless but this past week it's been in … Continue reading #MMMay2017 week two
I’m so excited that I recently purchased the Angie’s Falls stencil from Alabama Chanin! It features prominently in Natalie’s second book, “Alabama Studio Style”. Buying Studio Style back in 2010 was my first introduction to Alabama Chanin and I have dreamed of Angie’s Falls ever since. The book features several techniques with the stencil, but … Continue reading Relief Applique