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Euclid Dishtowels

Although I made these Euclid dishtowels a little while ago, they’re a fun favorite that I’ve yet to share much about until now.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

One of my favorite things about sewing is that there are many types of projects–big and small, fast and slow, handy and decorative. The variety is nice, because you can pair project with your mood and attention span, meaning it’s never really boring, and it doesn’t have to feel like more of a commitment than you’re ready to take on! This dishtowel project is relatively speedy, super handy and quite pretty…if I do say so myself. 😉

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

To start, Purl Soho always has inspiring projects and tutorials, and it was this one that got me interested in making these dishtowels from my Euclid fabric.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

I love that it’s a simple but very useful project. And fabric-wise, it works super efficiently with 1/2-yard cuts. I made 6 because that’s how many pieces are in the collection, but depending on your needs or fabrics, that is very adjustable.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

Dishtowels are a great project for playing around with embroidery, and it doesn’t take much. I just did a little bit of stitching in each of the corners. Sometimes I played off of the design in the fabric, and other times I didn’t. You could do as little or as much as you’d like.

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The tutorial made it really easy. I love the clean finish of the mitered corners and the usefulness of the hanging loop at the corner.

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This project also makes a nice gift, which is always fun to keep in mind. I like to keep a running list of giftable projects be it just for fun, a birthday, housewarming–whatever. This one can check several of those boxes.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

Now that it’s been awhile since making these, I’m ready to make some more!

Tutorial : Classic Mitered Corner Dishtowels by Purl Soho

Fabric : Euclid

Decorative Threads : Aurifloss by Aurifil

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

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Euclid Double Zip Wallet

This Euclid Double Zip Wallet is a project from Anna Graham’s Handmade Style book, a project that I’ve been super eager to make. It has always looked so clever and handy. Plus, my own wallet has been starting to show its age.

Euclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

In this version, I knew that I wanted to showcase my new Euclid fabric along with some of my Carkai fabric.Euclid and Carkai Double Zip WalletEuclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

The first part of  picking out fabrics was great, because there are several parts that will be seen, and I always love planning out what to put where and what to put next to what else. (I loved checking out this post on the Fancy Tiger Blog to see some of their interpretations, as well as Anna’s post here.)

Next, the clever construction made for an entertaining sew.Euclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

Plus, there are some really fun detailing opportunities when it comes to the zippers and closure tab. (I got my zippers at Zipit and the snap is Dritz.)

I used metal snaps instead of magnetic, because that’s kind of been my snap mood lately. (Anna has an awesome snap tutorial here, which I have bookmarked and use every time I need to install one.)Euclid and Carkai Double Zip Wallet

So yeah, there she is. The pattern is from Anna Graham’s Handmade Style book, and the fabrics are Euclid and Carkai.

But wait, there’s more…

Since making just one wasn’t enough, and since I knew that the first one would be more of a display item until Market, it was too easy to justify making a second one for myself to start using immediately and everyday.

euclid tangerine double zip wallet

On mine, I decided to add a little embroidery to the tab with my favorite color–Aurifil #1104–the neon orange in their 12-wt cotton. Such an amazing color…

euclid tangerine double zip wallet

I can’t say enough good things about this pattern and the final product. It’s such a smart pattern, and the end result is so incredibly useful. You can really stuff all of your essentials into it–cards, cash, lip gloss, phone–which is why on this version I also added a D-ring (see upper left in above photo) in case I ever want to clip on a strap and carry it around solo and hands free.euclid tangerine double zip wallet

Fabrics for my version include pieces from Euclid and Carkai, plus a little bit of Rashida Coleman Hale for Cotton + Steel.

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Auri-awesome.

Big news today.

 

Botanics Aurifil Thread Set_Carolyn Friedlander

 

I have been so excited about this. 

I consider myself pretty predictable in what strikes my fancy. If it has anything to do with sewing/quilting/making, there’s a good chance that I’m a fan of it–especially when it comes the most important basics that we use every day like fabric and thread. 

 

Fabric is an easy and obvious favorite. The tactile textures, enticing designs, and glorious colors suck all of us makers right in. But thread is super important, too. It may not always be the face of our projects, but it is what holds them together, and that is really important.

 

Not all thread is created equally, either. I’m glad to have learned that little secret early in my quilt-making journey, and as a result, I know that I’ve spent less time dealing with thread issues.

 

Here’s my disclaimer. Before I ever put together this thread set, I have been an Aurifil girl, 100%. This thread works for me and my sewing machine whether I am machine piecing, hand piecing, or machine quilting. Since realizing how much easier my life is when I’m using the right thread, it has been the only thread that I use.

 

My sister recently started to dabble in quilting. She surprised me last year by putting together a top, her very first, using architextures. Here it is.

 

  laurie hall_architextures quilt

 

She’s good, right?! The problem is that she was almost completely turned off from the process, because she struggled with thread the entire time she was making this. She didn’t realize how important good thread was and used thread that she found at a big-box store. Because of that, she couldn’t sew one continuous seam without the thread breaking. I would have quit quilting right then if I had to deal with that. I’m really glad that she persevered. Now, after having told me about her experience, she’s been let in on the good-thread secret. There are no substitutes on some things, and thread is one of them.

 

Aurifil Thead Meets Botanics_Carolyn Friedlander

This is why it has been such a dream to work with Aurifil and Robert Kaufman to put together this custom thread set. For this one, we went in the direction of coordinating with my current fabric line, botanics, but these are also many of the colors that I use OVER and OVER again. That flame color, top and center, is one I should have a massive cone for considering how much of it I’ve gone through over the years. Many of the others are that way too.

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The other thing I really wanted in this particular set were some greens that would work with the green/teal prints in the fabric line. I found those to be a bit of a challenge to find the right match when I was putting together my first few projects. The greens in this set coordinate perfectly with those prints.

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We’ve got a big-spool set with 12 colors…

Botanics Aurifil thread set_large_carolyn friedlander

…as well as a small-spool set too, with 10.

Botanics Aurifil thread set_small_carolyn friedlander

I think that you can expect to start seeing these in shops soon as soon as March. I’m actually working on building a little shop for my site, so I’ll make sure to stock some here as well.

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