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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...