I’ve been having the best week.
I took the week off from my regular work for a bit of a creative break. I’ve been spending it at a class on drawing and painting for textile design, taught by the immensely talented designer and artist Chelsea Heffner of plainMADE.
Having an entire week to just draw plants and design repeats has been incredibly soothing and inspiring. I’ve always loved to draw, and it’s really cool to combine that with the problem solving skills needed for textile design. Today, I’ll be working on a large scale painting based on one of my repeats and I’m so excited.
Don’t you find that focusing on a totally different creative skill has a way of shifting your brain? I feel so revived and ready to try new things.
Hope you all have a great weekend and a chance to do something creative or inspiring for yourself. And in your down time, here are some wonderful links Casey found:
- This sewing tool caddy would be great for yourself or as a cute gift for a budding sewer.
- If you (or someone you know) is handy with furniture making, check out these plans for an expanding sewing table.
- Gertie shares how to sew a simple rick rack trim to any edge.
- Every seamstress (and seamster!) needs a little hand-pampering from time to time: make yourself a batch of moisturizing hand scrub to keep your best tools (your hands) smooth.
- Great tips on properly storing vintage patterns (or any pattern that you want to preserve, for that matter).
- Simple and stylish techniques for finishing sleeveless style bodices.
- A few tips on correcting armhole balance on patterns.
- Help stave off the air conditioning chills and make a couple of these stylish 1950s shrugs.
- Use your orphaned and vintage shank buttons to fashion a charming bracelet.
- They can be economical and well-built options, and here are some pointers on buying vintage sewing machines.
- Make some fetching rick rack frogs (closures).