We Are Better With Less

Just a friendly reminder as we enter the holiday season and the shudder-inducing, pathological consumption of “Black Friday” approaches: we don’t need all that STUFF. We’re better with less. Stuff is what created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an unfathomably huge area of plastic waste that doesn’t biodegrade, leaches harmful chemicals into the sea, and kills marine life. The manufacturing, shipping, packaging, and discarding of … Continue reading We Are Better With Less

Metallic Leather Tote Bag

I’m only two months late, ok? Remember Sewcialists had a Tribute Month back in September? To sew something inspired by another sewist? Well, back in August I saw a blogger who had made a leather tote bag based on a pattern she’d found in a book called Cloth: 30+ Beautiful Projects to Sew from Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, and Hide by Cassandra Ellis. It was … Continue reading Metallic Leather Tote Bag

The Juniata Cowl and My Mission for Textured Cozies

I’m loving this new cowl I knitted! Because who can resist a gradient set of mini-skeins of yarn??? This is the Juniata Park Cowl, knit with a Cloudborn Merino Sock Mini Set in “Blue Warbler” from Craftsy. In fact, I bought the pattern and the yarn as a kit, which is currently on sale over at Craftsy (no affiliation; I just like me a good sale!) … Continue reading The Juniata Cowl and My Mission for Textured Cozies

Sewing in far-away (close-by) places

Hi friends! Do you live in a remote place? (I’m open to various interpretations of the word “remote”– it’s all relative, after all.) I’m really interested to hear about the challenges you face when you don’t have fabric and pattern stores within a short trip nearby. Where I live, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to places to purchase fabric, … Continue reading Sewing in far-away (close-by) places

Storm Coloured Clothing This Way Comes

Alright, sorry about all the ‘something wicked’ puns that have been happening on my blog lately…but I blame it all on the Literary Sewing Circle! This virtual book & sewing club just finished reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and the challenge was to sew something inspired by the book. While I did read the book in its entirety, and actually gobbled it up … Continue reading Storm Coloured Clothing This Way Comes

It’s International Day of the Girl

October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, and to mark it, I’m really happy to announce the release of a very special documentary my students produced. Last February I took a group of students to Kenya to shoot a film about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the work that AMREF Health Africa is doing to put an end to this dangerous practice. (You … Continue reading It’s International Day of the Girl