Saturday, June 21, 2008


Hello and welcome to my blog.

Here you will find postings of my crafty creations... quilts, oven mits, aprons, bags, sculpture, drawings, and things that inspire me.


Close up shots of the oven mits

Oven Mitts

Recently, I am a huge fan of Lotta Jansdotter, a Scandinavian designer known for her prints and sewn projects. I picked up a book for hers with simple sewing patterns in San Francisco a few months ago- I never use patterns so I thought it was time to give it a try.

These mits are based off of one of her patterns. I used a variety of fabrics (upholstery, cotton, and something more canvas-like in texture), and used some mismatching to keep things interesting (the yellow pair all the way to the right is an example). I used free form quilting to draw lines and patterns with my sewing machine. Rather than match my quilting thread to the fabric, I selected a thread color that would stand out and show off the sewn lines.

Most of the fabric used for this project is from clothing that I really wasn't wearing, but was too in love with to give away. The trim on the pair of mitts on the left is from a skirt, as is the plaid fabric in the yellow pair. The circular patterned yellow fabric is from a printed shirt I bought at an Indian clothing store on the Lower East Side.

I am so attracted to fabric, pattern, and color, that I oftem buy garments because I love the fabric they are made of and never really wind up wearing them enough. A good and eco-friendly solution then, is to recycle those old but beautiful clothes inso small sewing projects.