winter stitching.

 

Just got a copy of the latest Stitch Magazine and…

 

snowflake sham in stitch magazine by carolyn friedlander

 

I’ve got a new project in there–my snowflake pillow! Hoorah. The design is inspired by Hawaiian quilts (a personal obsession) and folded paper snowflakes. It’s also my first applique pattern, and in honor of that I’ll be doing a tools and tips post soon.

 

In the meantime I’m excited to check out the rest of this issue. Based on the cover project I think it’ll be a good one.

 

stitch magazine winter 2012

 

 

 

just got a copy.

 

Hoo-rah!

 

The summer issue of Stitch is here, and I’ve got a project in it. Check it out.

 

stitch magazine 2012

carolyn friedlander button bling rings in the table of contents

button bling rings by carolyn friedlander in stitch magazine

 

Fabric rings with vintage buttons–exactly my kind of bling. I’ve never been much of a shiny and/or serious jewelry type person, especially when it comes to rings. Wood versions have been my go-to, but the tides might be changing with these little guys. Plus, it’s always more fun to make things to your own liking. And who doesn’t have a small stash of enticing buttons just waiting for the right project?

 

These rings take no time (or supplies, really) to make. I could probably find enough fabric to make one in my waste basket. I guess that’s why I made 5 samples rather than the two they asked for…You might say they are addictive.

 

Fast and satisfying. Hope others like it too!

 

Get your copy here or here.

 

 

will work for sweets.

 

…at least for my sister anyway.

 

She was in town over the weekend, giving me a good reason to finish up a purse I’d started for her a few weeks ago. It also didn’t hurt that she arrived bearing a hearty offering of my favorite candy (these sour gummy things found only at the Fresh Market, which sadly is not nearby). She knows how my sweet tooth rages.

 

It all started with some not-so-subtle hint dropping after seeing this bag that I made recently for myself.

 

my purse

 

My bag was adapted from a pattern in the winter issue of Stitch. I liked the rounded shape, but deviated from there. I left the outside panels plain to showcase this pretty African print, added some cording for contrast, and made other changes to the handles and interior.

 

 

 

 

 

My sister really liked the African fabric, but wanted a cross-body style bag. Luckily, I’d been eyeing this one already.

 

I made hers with a similar print and used some heavier navy fabric for the contrast. (I think the navy was a left-over from a pair of shorts that I’d made.) Either way, both fabrics worked great, and I’m pleased with how it all worked out.

 

laurie's purse

 

And on the inside, a classy, cotton print–with a stamped label, of course.

 

laurie's purse

 

She’s happy, and so is my sweet tooth. Nice doing business with you, sister.