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blair/wisecraft
Seattle
Author of Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love
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Another little "just because" project I indulged myself in last week. This is from Sarah Fielke's online Craftsy class "Big Techniques From Small Scraps". I highly recommend this class, I've learned so much from Sarah! This is the dolly quilt... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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Over the weekend I did that thing I seem to do every Spring... I made some new pillow covers. This is not earth-shatteringly big news (sorry) but you see, the fun thing about keeping a blog as long as I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at wise craft handmade
Hi Tara, that scarf (as all my other scarves) are made in Minneapolis by my friend Martha McQuade of Scarf Shop (http://scarf-shop.com). They are fantastic year round pieces, in a whole assortment of colors.
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Thank you all for your kind words on my New Day Northwest appearance! <><><><><><><><><><><> I am inspired by so many things, I decided that every Friday, I will highlight a favorite person, thing, or idea. Maybe you will be inspired... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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That wasn't at all as as scary as I thought it would be. (Well, first I didn't think it would be scary, then I did, and then I didn't, and then I did, and then it was time to film.)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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I am going to be on tv today, and it's not even an April Fool prank. 11:00 am PST, Seattle's own King 5 New Day Northwest. You see, until I am able to talk myself onto the cast of The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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I sewed the fabric I dyed a couple of weeks ago into placemats, just like Kim, the author of Modern Color, suggested (read my inspiring interview with her here if you haven't already). I quilted them with straight lines stitched... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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* The Knitted Swatch Blanket project from my book has been reprinted with permission in the newest issue, Issue Five, of KnitEdge Magazine, available here. * Without delay, the winners of a copy of my book are- <><><><><> Kimberly Stoney... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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Let's get this week going! I got sick last week. Really sick. I was trying to keep everything going, ignored the signs, and well, it all came crashing down. (Thank you family, for taking care of me. I needed it.)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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I am inspired by so many things, I decided that every Friday, I will highlight a favorite person, thing, or idea. Maybe you will be inspired too! See all past Friday Favorites here. <><><><><><><><><><><> Kim Eichler- Messmer After I did... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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I will be talking Wise Craft, thrift stores, and DIY inspiration this Monday, March 24, at University Bookstore, from 7-8:00 pm. Details are on their event page. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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Another thing I played around with last week was dyeing fabric. I have always wanted to try this. I did a very small bleaching experiment a few years ago, but nothing since. And I love the idea of dyeing my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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One of the side effects of having a creative career is that its not always about just making what it is I want to make, because I want to make it. There are obligations and scheduled deadlines these days. So,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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It's finally here, the offical date of release for my book, March 11! In honor of the occasion, I thought it might be fun to talk a little bit about how the vision for this book came to be. In... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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New quilt in progress. Lone Star, made of thrifted sheets and fabrics. It took me 2 episodes of This American Life to get the strips cut, strip sewn, and pieced this far. Because it's not about how much time things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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It was a rainy, soggy, but fantastic evening to celebrate the book this past Saturday- which is officially out tomorrow! Drygoods is the perfect place to hold an event like this, and I was so truly excited to see all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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This morning I got out of the shower and my phone was popping off with texts and messages. Wise Craft was picked by the editors at Amazon.com as one of their Spring Book Picks! I am quite proud of it.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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This is the disappearing nine patch quilt I started back in October. As happens with so many other projects, once the blocks were done, but not yet assembled, I had to take them down from the design wallto work on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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(Photo by EJ Armstrong/Armstrong Pitts Studios) I was thrilled to be asked by the folks at Sweet Paul Magazine to share a project for Spring for Crafty Friday. This project is one of my all time favorites, a Recycled Spring... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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One of the nicest parts of being connected to a community of quiltmakers, both here in Seatte and beyond, is the simple act of sharing fabric. Claire and Melissa came to town a few weeks ago. It was a quick... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at wise craft handmade
I have always organized my fabrics by color, on shelves. That's how I use them. I keep small scraps organized by color in bins.
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My magazine obsession has almost completely reversed itself over the past few years. It was becoming a problem at one point. But one that I will never stop buying is Livingetc. I adore this magazine, and every time I say... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at wise craft handmade
You make shirt sewing look so easy from here!
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(Photo by Christophe Servieres of Armstrong Pitts Photography) One of the projects in my book is a faux bois quilt (above). For anyone who may not know, faux bois is French for "false wood", and in the case of my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at wise craft handmade
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I have had a very simple website up under my own name for over a year now, really just a placeholder for the url. I have finally updated it. Take a look, there's a slideshow! At first I was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at wise craft handmade