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Thursday, 21 September


sewing: linen hadley top "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Lindsay of @lindsayinstitches

I adore Grainline Studio patterns. Somehow Jen manages to create styles that are on trend but completely classic at the same time. The Hadley pattern is no exception, especially when worn as a linen Hadley top.

The theme on the blog this week is How do you wear your Hadley? As you have already seen from the other contributors, there are so many ways. Given the season change, my initial thought was that my Hadley should have sleeves, but then I wondered how the tank might work as a layering piece.

I decided to go sleeveless like view B, but with the jewel neckline and pleated keyhole back from view A.

When deciding on a fabric for my Hadley (available in the shop as both a digital and printed pattern), I was immediately drawn to this beautiful linen in the shop. Doesnt it just scream fall to you? Makes me want to eat all things pumpkin!

Having worked with Brussels Washer Linen before, I knew it would have just the right weight and drape for this pattern. All the texture of traditional linen but none of the stiffness. Hooray for 45% rayon content!

The earthiness of the linen was giving me a strong sweater vest vibe, but in the best way. I decided to roll with that, and Im loving how this looks over a crisp collared shirt! Im also thinking it could be fantastic over a stripey tee or under a cardigan.

Thats what is so great about this pattern. It comes with multiple views built in, but when you mix up...


The Refashioners 2017 Toya "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

In a slight change to the publicised line up, (due to unforseen circumstances Ute has had to reluctantly step down through no fault of her own)  instead I have a little unexpected inspo courtesy of Toya. (Thanks for stepping into the breach lady!) This is one of the first entries into the community challenge element

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Made a new Fan! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Im afraid Ive been keeping a secret from you guys, but I can finally tell you!

There was some big news the other day, and a little Enchanted Doll played a role in a grand announcement. This was a top secret doll that I made last year and was finally unveiled (not literally, the dolls veil remained intact).

I was asked to create an Enchanted Doll of the beautiful Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, as an engagement gift by her partner Li Chen

One of the conditions I had for taking on this commission, was that I would have a complete creative freedom to design her Enchanted wedding gown. I used vintage French lace, Victorian millinery, parts of antique Kinfisher pin, dazzling Swarowsky crystals and of course, hundre...


The modern vanity that amazingly became so much more "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Do you make lots of mistakes? Get ready to laugh AND feel good about it! Because the blogging worlds greatest storyteller just wrote a feel good story book that celebrates the blunders in life! Im referring to KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and her new book, So Close To Amazing.   Click to Shop on Amazon (affiliate link) HERE Visit the original []

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Wednesday, 20 September


Crochet Tubes Kit and Pattern Testers Wanted! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"


Ok. So this week seems to be all about requests and offers.
Those who have been here for a while know about the crochet tubes kits I've been hinting here and there and they are soon to be ready for sale. We've started a collaboration with a local yarn producer and their crochet yarn is incredible. I have been using it for ages and I am happy we can finally offer it along with our patterns.
The tube necklaces have been the second pattern we created eons ago and it has proven to be a best-seller. Although very simple in stitch, the necklaces are real head turners. Especially those made out of variegated yarn.
Which brings us to this - I need kit testers. ...


sewing: tencel rayon hadley top "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

This post is written by Heidi of Handmade Frenzy.

Happy Wednesday Gnats readers!

I dont know about you, but I sure am enjoying seeing all of these Hadley Tops this week! The pattern is available in the shop in both printed and digital version. It is such a lovely design. I was drawn to it immediately when it was released and couldnt wait to sew up my own tencel rayon hadley top.

I used the Geneva Tencel Rayon in black from the shop (available here), and I could not be more thrilled with this pattern/fabric combo!

This fabric was an absolute dream to work with! It pressed better than any rayon I have used before; it has more weight than a challis and was less shifty overall when working with it.

The outcome (and I honestly mean this), is the most RTW (ready-to-wear) like top that has ever come off my machines. It has a silky smooth feel, and the seams all pressed so beautifully, plus the drape and flow of the fabric just makes it feel very high-end.

I was worried about top-stitching the center front and center back seams with this fabric, since my experience with rayon is that (without interfacing) this can be a pain because the fabric just wants to shift and the stitches end up not being nice and even. I am so, so happy that I didnt have any of that problem wit...


80+ Glasses Case Sewing Patterns and Tutorials "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

glasses case sewing patternsDon't you hate it when your glasses get scratched? Well, I know I do.  I recently scratched a pair of very expensive and very elegant sunglasses that were given to me by a loved one.  I feel terrible but they just must have rubbed against something while they were in Continue reading


24 Things to Make for Fall "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

I have a confession. I still have Summer decorations up. I know, I know! I keep wanting to switch them out for Fall decor, but it is pretty low on my priority list for now. But as I start to think about Fall, and October, and Halloween, and Thanksgiving and everything good, colorful, and []

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Beginner Sampler in New Colors "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

A pretty piece of fabric stitched in colorful floss is an especially lovely thing, made for no other reason than to enjoy its timeless beauty. Our Beginner Sampler Kit is all about the satisfaction of creating such an object!

Beginner Sampler in New Colors | Purl Soho

An update to our Learn to Embroider a Sampler Kit, this Beginner Sampler may look familiar. It is the same design and set of instruction as the original, but is now available in two additional palettes! Sunny Day, above, really is a sunny day with rich roses and golden yellows set on a warm pink linen-cotton blend.

Beginner Sampler in New Colors | Purl Soho

And Coneflower, above, is an ode to that wonderful flower that blooms in a range of lavenders and pinks with a toasty orange center. We love this delicate garden on a crisp white background, so fresh and pretty!

Beginner Sampler in New Colors | Purl Soho

The Beginner Sampler Pattern booklet, which comes with the Kit or on its own, includes step-by-instructions, from putting the fabric in the hoop to stitching a whole collection of basic embroidery stitches. Each circlet in the finished design offers the chance to practice your new skills!

Beginner Sampler in New Colors | Purl Soho

Although designed for beginners, accomplished embroiderers will find this project just as compelling. With the freedom to create your own combinations of stitches or to follow along with ours, theres lots of room to play and learn.

Beginner Sampler in New Colors | Purl Soho

And never fear, the original palette is still available! Now named Window Box, its warm slate background is like a container for a garden of bright colors. A new name and two new color stories but still the same combination of...


The Refashioners 2017 Beth "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

When I first set this challenge I anticipated lots of neutrals. As tends to be the nature with mens suits in particular. Grey, navy, black. That kinda thing.  I hadnt factored in ladies suiting  (so clear was I in my minds eye that it would all be mens suits) which of course (duh) will come

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Tuesday, 19 September


Quick Postage Stamp Themed Birthday Card "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Does anyone other than me actually sit down and draw simple birthday cards, you know with a permanent marker and colored card stock? As you can see, I do, and fortunately so, as how else would I make a cute...


Next Phase "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

My oldest turned thirteen last week.

I am henceforth officially the parent of a teenager.

I promise, though, that this isn't going to be one of those nostalgic and overly-sentimental posts I am apt to write whenever I think of my children Growing Up.

I am actually a bit excited. See, for years, all the young people I've ever had dealings with were teenagers. Like youth group and the girls in the dance team at church, and my high school students when I taught Physics. Loved them. Loved that age so much.

When I was a guidance counselor in Minnesota and Singapore, I worked with both teens and children and discovered that while both were intensely rewarding and enjoyable, given the choice, I'd still pick teens. I remember wishing that when I became a mother, I might somehow give birth to teens rather than babies, because surely I would be frightfully awkward with humans who couldn't hold conversations and with whom I'd have to instead make blubbering sounds and devise bizarre hand games just to say hello.

Then: motherhood.

Real motherhood, with real babies and real blubbering.

Not gonna get all weepy here (I promised, right?) so let's just say that I've loved having babies. And toddlers-in-potty-training. And preschoolers. And just. . ....


How to survive things you cant change. "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Pallet sofa sign fabric post HERE Every morning, I bring my coffee out to the pallet wood sofa to begin my day. This is the spot where I linger a little too long, waiting until the mental morning fog lifts. It usually takes about 2 cups This little spot became my BFF. It was always there to []

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