Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Patchwork Craft Show

I'll be at the Patchwork Show this Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Oakland, CA.  I've been working hard making lots of different stuffed toys and I'll have my new squirrel pattern too. Come check it out if you live in the bay area.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Purple Print Dress

Several years ago I picked up this great purple twill fabric at the White Elephant Sale in Oakland. I made a skirt with it, but I didn't pay attention that the twill weave does have a specific direction, so my skirt didn't look quite right. I still liked the fabric and had a lot of it left over to make another project. I found an easy wrap dress pattern in my collection, Simplicity 8975 from 1979.

 I followed the directions except I didn't want the crazy ruffle straps, so I just didn't add them. It did leave a very strange neckline, so I had to figure out a way to make it more flattering.  I cut out individual flowers, hearts and bugs from the fabric print and arranged them around the neckline. I backed them all to remove any loose edges and sewed them on by hand. 
Neckline detail

I've already worn this dress several times and I'm always so happy that it has side seam pockets.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Alameda Holiday Fest 2014

This Sunday November 2, 2014; I'll be at the Alameda Holiday Fest selling my Fluff Engine Toys and patterns. There will be 45 vendors including myself offering all sorts of awesome items, come check it out if you're in the area.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Squirrel Puppet Pattern

I just finished a new pattern, it's my first puppet pattern, called Twirly Squirrel. It's available for sale as a PDF download in my store and on etsy. I should be getting the physical versions from the printer any day now. It was really different making a puppet because I had to think about the inside shape as well as the exterior. I'm pretty happy with how cute this one came out. I'm hoping to revise this post with a video showing the puppet in action, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2014

This Sunday is the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland. I'll be there selling my Fluff Engine plush toys and patterns. Come check it out, it should be a ton of fun.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Plush You! in Seattle

Tonight is the opening party for Plush You! an awesome plush show, which I'm happy to say I'm a part of this year. It's curated and hosted by Schmancy, an neat designer toy shop in Seattle, WA.

Opening: October 10th, 2014
                5pm to 9pm

1972 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Thursday, October 2, 2014

APE 2014

This weekend, October 4-5 is the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. I'll be there with my Fluff Engine toys sharing a table with Liz Prince, Alec Longstreth and Tugboat Press.

I'll have some new toy designs, like these squirrels and fish, plus the third issue of my Terrible Movie Nights zine.