Lace Collars


I like to create delicate and colorful things with fine thread and a tiny crochet hook.


I made up the pattern as I went, for some spontaneous crochet fun.


They were made with two different methods.  For the white one you make one repeat at a time, then stop when your piece is long enough.


For the red one, you make narrow rows along the whole length, back and forth.


This kind of collar can be closed with a brooch (which also pins it to your blouse), or I can put a hook or button on to close it, according to the preference of the patron purchasing it.


Autumnal Dress


I’ve gone and done it again, another delightful Victorian dress. The actress / musician who will be wearing it requested that it be “all warm colors,” and as I designed it I envisioned maple trees turning colors in the fall.


Here I was cutting it out of a sheet.  Upcycled! You can see the subtle woven stripe. I flat lined it in cotton twill, so both layers are flexible and breathable.


A view of the inside, where you see the extra seam allowance I used in case the dress needs to be let out someday.


Planning the trim scheme was, as usual, the most exciting part of the process.

Halloween Collection 2018


Happy Halloween! Time to share (at the last minute, oops) some of my spooky designs for this season.  First, a skirt covered in bats.  Like all my skirts for sale, it has pockets.


Knitted mitts, ribbed so they are stretchy and warm.  I like how my thumbholes turned out, compared to last year’s mitts.  I also made these in plain black.


A few of my hair bows in black and white.  The skeleton glows in the dark; he’s an upcycled fabric scrap.  Hair clips like these are not just for your hair, though: here is another use for them.


I had more Halloween designs, but I’m afraid the items sold before I had a chance to photograph them.  Ah well, good problem to have.  🙂  Have a great spooky evening!

Soot Sprites


I just finished these anime cuties.  It was a bit of a challenge: since the yarns were dark and fuzzy, I could not see my stitches, so I did it by feel.  These stuffed animals are intended for grown ups, and have loops so you can hang them from your car mirror or dresser knob.


This project has been on my “Someday I’ll make…” list for years.  It finally got moved to the top of the list because I’m vending at a toy show tomorrow; now I have toys to bring! (Of course I’ll have my usual clothes & accessories too)


Modest Wonder Woman


This is a casual cosplay, intended to be comfortable for wandering around this fall’s cons.  Her request to me was for a Wonder Woman outfit that “doesn’t show a lot of skin,” so I went with the 1940s DC skirt, and put the golden eagle onto a cotton blouse with sleeves.  The wearer is very thin, so I found myself drafting a blouse pattern half the size of the one I had made the week before.  Here is the outfit flat, so you get a different view of the proportions.


I made the eagle out of a spool of gold ribbon, and I was delighted that it turned out perfectly. Often when drawing on fabric with ribbon, sewists end up with bits that are skewed, or the fabric puckers, and/or one has to start and stop many times.  But on this project I solved the “traveling salesman problem” rather well, which shows on the inside.


This project was done in trade, for one of my helpers.  If you too would like a costume but have little or no budget, keep in mind I always need people to help staff our booth at events, and to maintain this site and other internet things.


Tote Bag as Picture Frame

When you finish a piece of fancy embroidery, and you want to enjoy it without getting it dirty, you usually frame it behind glass and hang it on your wall.  But what if you are out of wall space?  So I took someone’s needlework and designed a bag around it.


The fabric is heavy-ish nylon, the sort you might see as a windbreaker jacket.  In the center I made a window of plastic to see the needlepoint through.  The strap is made to be worn cross body, or can be doubled up to convert to a shoulder bag.


Inside the bag is the pocket containing the butterfly needlework. When it’s time to wash the bag, she can unzip it and take the butterfly out, so it does not have to endure the washing machine.