I occasionally work at Pamplemousse, a great little wine shop here in Salem, and became familiar with the art of describing wine. I never get tired of reading wine descriptions out loud and then adding, "just like me!" (You should try this at your next party). Also, I love to cook and tend to get messy when I do, so these aprons have a generous cut for full coverage. I design the graphics (with certain people in mind), Rick at Shirts Illustrated prints them for me, and then I sew them together.
It's true what they say; swapping out the throw pillows is a quick and cheap way to make a room feel fresh. I started making throw pillows because I've lived in apartments so long, and have needed easy ways to make rentals feel like my own.
SERIES 1: CROCHETED AND KNITTED JERSEY Manipulating the scale of familiar things can lead to cool stuff. Knitting and crocheting at a large scale lets you really see the stitches, which I find intriguing. Also, jersey washes well and is more comfortable on summer skin that wool.
SERIES 2: FELT PILLOWS WITH STITCHED-ON LETTERING My Sunday School teacher used to tell us stories using felt boards: felt backdrops on to which she would place felt cut-outs of people and animals, which magically just stayed in place. I think my fascination with felt began back then. It is such a simple an straightforward material; the Crayola box of the fabric world. These are some pillows for Valentine's Day. 14 x 22.
SERIES 3: GRAPHIC PRINT PILLOWS I've discovered the endless possibilities of having my graphics printed! Rick at Shirts Illustrated tells me he can print anything I draw on to just about any fabric or shape.
01970 is Salem's zip code and, coincidentally, is the year I was born. Thank you, Janelle, for the picture - your bedroom looks great!
100% linen, 13 x 26.
Here is Heather's Zip Code pillow in her new condo. Thank you, Heather! Love the styling!
Erin Hanson lives in Australia and writes wonderful poetry. She kindly agreed to let me use her words.
100% linen, 26" x 26"
Here are some, made for the holidays. I had a chance to photograph them at Salem's Old Town Hall, which is a gorgeous old building. How much do I love being part of this city!