Leaf tessellation coasters!

After a hot and smoky summer it's finally fall, and the leaves are beginning to turn colors. The shapes and colors are inspiring. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZSh8kZgtwu/ When I found this one walking home from work, I knew I finally had a great idea for laser cut tessellations! This was in my "I want to DIY, but don't know how" todo list for a long ...

Matisse cutout inspired pillows

I love love love the cutouts of Henri Matisse. The paper shapes and compositions he made during the last decade of his life were at once colorful, abstract, organic and playful, and novel.  He called it "drawing with scissors. "  (This MoMA site describes his process--I love the picture of him in his studio surrounded by all the colorful paper detritus.) Last year ...

Dishtowel

I've had some gorgeous (and expensive) woven ikat fabric in my stash for several months.  The pattern is woven in, so that it's the same on both sides.    My original plan was to use it as trim and sleeves on a denim dress, but I realized that there wasn't enough material.   However, the material is soft and absorbent, ...