Tag Archive: design

Pastels Say It’s Still Summer

I’ve been doing some more experimentation with textile design. Here you can see two new patterns, Sorbetto Boxes and Sorbetto Stripes, printed on cotton voile. They are, as you may have surmised, based on the Sorbetto palette (with some modification). I’m extremely happy with the way these designs turned out. I’m less completely thrilled with…

Vévé

This wrought iron cross graces a gate to the Bishop’s Garden at the Washington National Cathedral. It strikes me, however, as rather unconventional. It looks like nothing so much as a voodoo vévé, perhaps a variant on one for Papa Legba, the loa who stands at the crossroads and is the gatekeeper between the worlds…

Scrollwork

There’s a tremendous amount of decorative work that is essentially invisible. We just don’t see it, at least not consciously, anyway. But it’s important to remember that these things are the product of someone’s deliberate design. Table bases don’t just grow that way, you know. Someone decided that this lowly, utilitarian object ought to be…

Coffee & Sunshine

This is by far the biggest quilt I’ve ever made; it’s approximately 84″ square-ish. The workmanship is of dubious quality, but I have to say I love the colors, and it was really fun just winging it the whole way. For example: all the cutting was done without a template. I think I used pins…

Introducing something beautiful: Quellebelle™ | Artisan Silk Scarves

It’s time! Today was the launch of my new business venture: Quellebelle | Artisan Silk Scarves. I am excited, nervous, and proud; I’ve worked long and hard to get to this moment, and I’m aware that the hard work is just beginning! But had I not started this blog over a year ago, there’s no…

Silks!

My samples arrived today. While not all of them are what I’m looking for, there’s enough good stuff that I’m confident I can move forward. I have to make some decisions about lining (self/other). I have to acquire some tools (silk needles etc.). I’ll need to make some tweaks to the files. But here’s the…

Silk Cravat

Why a cravat? BECAUSE APPARENTLY I AM TOO INCOMPETENT TO CUT A FAT QUARTER INTO THREE EQUAL WIDTHS, THAT’S WHY. Aren’t you glad you asked?

Lemonade

I will not be defeated. I’m still scrambling to find an alternative printing solution. But in the meantime, I attacked the unacceptable, lousy, no-good, bad sample with a pair of sharp scissors and cut out the parts that sucked the worst. I sat down at a sewing machine and cobbled together the remaining pieces to…

Baggage

I’ve been getting fabric samples pretty regularly these days. Yesterday, in a fit of OMG-Must-Make-Something-Right-Now I started quilting. Today, I finished up this bag. It’s lined, and it has a magnetic closure and one cellphone-sized internal pocket. The straps should be quilted too, but you know what? Life is too short. At least I’m using…

Borders

These days, I swear, absolutely everything is inspiring the thought “textile!” A Year Ago: Lingering Beauty There are still reminders of summer to be found… [read more]