cinema dress in peony pavilion

IMG_5868i’ve been happily stitching our way through liberty’s AW15 collection.  this is liesl+co’s cinema dress . . . made for a dear friend of mine who is a huge fan of all things chinoiserie!  this particular print is called peony pavilion, designed by fashion designer anna sui for liberty! (and oh yes . . . i should have pressed those seams before taking the photos!)

IMG_5867 mid-length and flowy featuring delicate buttons up the back and ever so handy pockets in the front too!

pocketi made the size six in the pattern which happens to be the size of my friend and the dress form.  of course, i couldn’t resist but to try it on myself too!  it does fit me, but i would make a modification to the waist portion of the dress for myself.  i have a rather large rib cage and i found that it fell sort of too high on my torso.  cinema-side-by-sidethe cinema dress is a wonderfully written pattern that i found super easy to follow and filled with useful tips and tricks.  the only addendum i would make is that if you’re using a directional print, like peony pavilion, one of the cutting patterns will not work (i believe it’s cutting layout “c” but will confirm when i relocate my pattern).

rhinebeck . . . all about the animals

alpacait’s been four years since our last trip to Rhinebeck!  we finally made it there after our 2 hour drive from nyc became a 4 hour drive (we hit some bad traffic — total standstill! and then the kid got car sick . . . )  we finally made it though and what a glorious event it was!

panoramablue skies!  filled with people, delicious, food, fiber a plenty . . . and of course… this pretty amazing tree!

tree Rhinebeck is absolutely a kid friendly place!  the Kid had a total blast walking around the hay maze, playing with all the gadgets they had set up in the kids area,  seeing his first kangaroo and feeding a rather lopey looking goat!

goat-feedingbringing the Kid to Rhinebeck also meant spending virtually no time in the super crowded yarn and fiber filled aisles . . . which was all right because we got to spend quite a lot of time checking out the lovely animals.

Soaya rather rare soay sheep from cairn o’mohr farm in ashford connecticut!  so cute and docile!

Helderthis supremely loveable herdwick sheep from helder-herdwyck farm. i wanted to climb into the pen and squeeeeeeeeze him!

teeswaterthis curly coated fellow . . .  a teeswater being exhibited by the american teeswater sheep association.  their curly locks spin up into a lustrous and strong yarn.  

Gotlandsome adorable little gotlands in a light and dark grey, whose coats spin up into an equally lovely yarn.  these fellows hail from Riverbend in NJ.

Vicunaand rarest of all! a vicuna from Victory Farm in Missouri.

IMG_4667before we said our goodbyes to rhinebeck . . . we caught a glimpse of this quirky little fella bidding us adieu!

michelle, ma belle

michelle-ma-bellewe just got in a fabulous selection of tana lawn classics updated for the 2016 season! some re-colourization of perennial favorites like thorpe a, poppy & daisy a, poppy & daisy b and margaret annie e . . .
recolouredand then some new introductions . . . meet michelle (which we ♥♥♥!), sarah, ffion, rachel, gracey and josue.


finally . . . queue for the zoo is back by popular and has become sort of a quasi classic!

zoo(please note that not all of these new arrivals will show up in our “what’s new section”, so be sure the click on the links in this email to see them all.)

a tale of two bags

togetherdespite the dickensian title of this post, the story behind these two bags is rather brief.  it started with the bag in the back (the one with the liberty mirabelle straps).  it came to me in a sort of vision . . . a simple little tote bag with just a touch of liberty (because you know, a little bit of liberty goes a long way!)

and i had so much fun making bag 1 in the back, that another idea for a dainty little bag crafted from nani iro’s clear heart fabric popped into my head shortly afterwards.  plus, it’s my friend A’s birthday today and this fabric just seemed like her! (although it’s turning into a belated birthday present since i’m still in the process of locating an appropriate zipper. . . mea culpa).

will probably put together some tutorials in the next few days (still some kinks i need to work out) . . . but until then, enjoy the photos.

mirabellemirabelle2mirabelle3clearheart clearheart2


isoceles shell: prototype #2 (sue)

 sue-frontso here it is! version 2 of the isoceles shell from before sewn up in two contrasting fabrics.  this version is sort of a “reverse mullet” — it’s a party up front and business in the back!sidethe fabric in the front panel is liberty sue b, which we just got in for AW15.  the fabric in the back is robert kaufman’s chambray union slubby dot.

backstill haven’t acquired a tripod or selfie stick . . . but here it is on me (yikes!)  hopefully you’ll be at the very least amused at my attempts to contort myself to fit inside the photos.    stepping in front of the camera is very much out of my comfort zone. i’ll leave that to my trusty dress form and professional models.


maybe i should extend the length and make this into a dress next?


isoceles shell: prototype #1


minor miracle!  we actually found some time to finish a project . . . this is the isoceles shell, so named after the isoceles triangles that make up the side panels.  frontadmittedly, it doesn’t look like much hanging on the dress form (need to find a tripod or selfie stick!), but it’s become a summer wardrobe go-to! being double gauze, the fabric is soft, breathable and something to be lived in!   the isoceles side panels create movement and ease . . . but more so, the panels effectively move the side seams forward on a slant . . .  in a way that is quite figure flattering. closeup additional prototypes being conceived behind the scenes! (and hopefully better photos for round 2)

a doubly curious camellia oil gauze

Ewe ordered these wonderful aqua bloom double gauzes from yuwa six months ago and they finally arrived!

912434-A-Ewhile we swoon over the delicate and lyrical watercolour florals, the magic is really in the cloth itself!

closeupThe base cloth of these double gauzes features a camellia flower that has been woven into the cloth.   What’s more the fabric has been treated with a proprietary “SmoothSkin” process, where camellia oil (also known as  camellia japonica oil or tsubaki) is adhered to the fabric, giving it a soft and luxurious feel.

Now we did some sleuthing around the internet, and apparently camellia oil has all sorts of skin-enhancing properties.  It’s loaded with anti-oxidants, absorbs into the skin quickly and is rich in nourishing vitamins and minerals.

Read more about it here:


Oil Health Benefits

Goldport Beauty

Please note: we are not endorsing any of the products on the website linked above.  They just seem to be an interesting read about the potential beauty benefits of camellia oil!

bagel spotting!

bagel-sculpturewe ♥ bagels. and can you imagine our curiosity when these giant stacked bagel sculptures started popping up in and downtown nyc!  spotted one this morning on 6th & greenwich ave.  there’s one in hudson river park around christopher street too that we’ve seen.

apparently these ginormous odes to the bagel are by swedish artist hanna liden.




Winder-with-yarnthe other day, knitwear designer extraordinare michele wang shot us an email asking if we liked our heavy duty ball winder from nancy’s knit knacks.   being on a spotty wifi connection while on vacation and heavily distracted by this fellow with the big stick. . . 

this-fellow. . . we probably didn’t properly communicate how much we LOVE our ball winder!  

Winder-Stillwe have the motorized version (which means no more hand-cranking for us!) it’s also got a special piece of technology in it that triggers the motor to stop if it come across a tangle in the skein which would require you to stop and unravel.

it’s lovely.  it’s wonderful. how did we ever live without this beautiful piece of machinery?  even shot a video of the ballwinder in action (which the little man finds immensely entertaining to watch)!  apologies for the lack of audio, the tv was blaring in the background.  the winder makes a soothing humming sound that’s not annoying at all!

is it worth its heavy price tag?  for us, it is!  if you find yourself winding a lot of yarn, particularly skeins greater than 75g in size or art yarn that doesn’t fit thru the loop of your run of the mill yarn winder,  this might just be nancy’s knit knacks’ answer to all your yarn winding dilemmas.

ps. that’s rhichard devrieze’s peppino in go lightly, taking an inaugural ride on our yarn winder!



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