Gastropod soft sculpture

As you can see, I am exceedingly proud of my latest soft sculpture: a gastropod shell. There is likely nothing in nature that is quite like it, but it may be closest in shape to a "channeled welk." Image from Pam Rambo of iloveshelling.com The trickiest part to get right was the tip.  As you can see I have a hole ...

Tessellating leaves table top is installed!

My parents have finally (more or less) installed their leaf table top on the desk in the sunroom. 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 cut from 1/4 inch birch plywood, dyed with ...

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 ...

How to ice dye

Ice dyeing is one of those crafts that is easy, colorful, and creates an impressive and interesting effect. Here's what you need to DIY: A bag of ice White fabric--jersey or loose woven cotten, linen, or hemp work well A window screen or sieve Procion Mx Dye in preferred colors Soda ash Dawn dishwashing soap A few buckets, one to mix ...