Tessellating leaves table top is installed!

My parents have finally (more or less) installed their leaf table top on the desk in the sunroom.  It will definitely brighten up the space.    The design is pretty much identical to the leaf coasters, although I had to stretch the pattern somewhat so that the vertical and horizontal pieces are not in fact identical.  Each piece was laser ...

Spring in the Arboretum

Here at Quirkshop, we are thrilled that spring has sprung.  We've been doing a bit of some spring cleaning in the shop space and work on the Norden Flora media cabinet continues apace (I promise to share some pictures once it's looking a bit more complete.) This morning, we enjoyed all of the spring flowers in the arboretum and took so ...

Nautilus soft sculpture

I'm pretty excited to present my latest design, a 3-dimensional nautilus!  This guy was pretty challenging, since I had to figure out a means to pattern it and sew it so it would retain its interesting shape. For the patttern,  I delved into the world of Blender--a free software that is used for 3d graphics. Sea shells can be described ...

2018 Craft Trend Forecast

Happy new year from Quirkshop! There are definitely obvious currents in the crafting world.  Every year before the holidays I head Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising.  I do buy gifts but I also like to spot the latest crafting trends. Several years ago plush monsters were everywhere, followed by foxes, octopuses, and yetis.  This year there were a lot of hand dyed/indigo shibori goods, ...

Faux fur infinity scarf–last minute gift idea!

I've learned you can lean a lot on awesome materials to elevate a simple project.   This infinity scarf is one such example.   It's made out of this beautiful teal and black striped fur from Mood Fabrics.  I got a yard--enough to make two scarves.  A few years back I made a similar one in the plum colorway and I wear ...

Sea anemone soft sculpture

I've been fascinated by sea anemones since I saw them first in the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a small child.  They are showy, weird, and colorful--what's not to love? My friend Hilary offered up the challenge of creating a sea anemone softie after a recent trip to the Point Defiance Aquarium.  I really had to think outside of my usual box ...

Meet Henry

This is exciting! I made my first downloadable pattern for yet another octopus. Can you really have too many?  Nellie's pattern was sadly lost when my computer crashed, so I made an entirely new one from scratch.  We call him Henry.   His head is a bit rounder (and he may look a bit more octopus-like in shape than Nellie.)  They ...

Inspiration weekend

We took a lovely minihike on Sunday to Talapus lake.  Washington is filled with gemlike lakes and many, many lake hikes.  You really can't go wrong.  This one was pretty easy as far as hikes go: walk up the mountain on some nicely groomed switchback trails, and then bam, there's the beautiful lake. Washington state is truly my greatest inspiration. I ...

Around Seattle: Bloedel Reserve

This weekend we took a day trip to Bainbridge Island and visited Bloedel Reserve, an estate with beautiful grounds. In the autumn light, the trees glowed. Eye see you! There was a gourd scavenger hunt. They popped up everywhere. There's a house on grounds too that you can tour. There's even a lovely reflecting pool. Of course we checked out a nearby beach with plenty of ...