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Rachel

3 In Studio/ Wanton Fibers

Just a Label

I haven’t done a blog post in quite a while, in fact, not since I packed up and moved across the country last spring. The past year has flown by – it is hard to overstate how overwhelming being in a new place is and how much effort it takes to just acclimate and figure out where everything is. It is starting to feel like home though, and soon it truly will be home – we just bought a house,…

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0 In Knitting/ Wanton Fibers

Coquette Lace

Sugarfrost Infinity Scarf in Coquette Lace Hand Dyed Yarn

Lace knitting is still my very, very favorite. It may have a reputation for being complicated or fiddly, but it is also engaging and deeply satisfying to see the stitches twist and pull the fabric into intricate designs. I also love lace knitting because it is economical -I can pick out the most decadent yarn, but one skein will almost always do an entire project so my overall cost is relatively low, regardless of how expensive a yarn I use. My…

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0 In Knitting/ Wanton Fibers

Courtesan: Painted Stitches

Courtesan Yarn

I have said it before, and I will say it again: superwash merino really isn’t my favorite fiber. It often isn’t really all that soft, at least in comparison to the fibers that I really, really love, like cashmere or alpaca, and one would never describe it with words like “opulent” or “decadent”. But I just twisted 50 skeins of Courtesan, a DK weight, superwash merino single into hanks and fell in love enough to immediately grab a skein of…

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0 In Knitting/ Wanton Fibers

Fatale

Damask Shawl in Fatale Yarn

  I have been knitting a lot lately. You would think, since I am always working with yarn, that I would always be knitting, but it’s not so. For me, knitting has a season and it’s about December through April or so. The rest of the year I am just not that into it and spend my time sewing, painting and embroidering. Since I had a baby 4 years ago things have been even worse and I had literally not…

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0 In Knitting/ Wanton Fibers

Ardent

Fimma Sweater in Ardent Yarn

  I have been working on test knitting all of my yarns, something I have wanted to do for a long time, but just couldn’t quite seem to accomplish. It’s not like I know nothing about my yarns – I have knit with Haughty, Coquette, and Coquette Lace and I dye and handle all of them and know their hand and that they are all fantastically milled, consistent  yarns with practically invisible joins and zero knots. I have been very…

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4 In Quilting

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Blocks 2, 8, 12 & 16

Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew Along officially started this week and I actually got all three of the initial blocks, plus an extra block, done! The first three blocks, 8, 12 & 16, were all simple blocks of mostly squares and rectangles. My plan for this quilt has been evolving, and my fabric choices have been getting more and more limited. That’s right, I keep removing fabrics from my initial pull! At this point, these are the fabrics I am…

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0 In Quilting/ Studio

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Quilt Sew Along

Farmer's Wife Quilt fabric selection

I made a test quilt block the other day to get a feel for how this project was going to go, and let’s just say nothing went the way I expected. I have paper pieced before, I actually did the foundation piecing for an entire crib sized quilt top when my oldest was a baby, but that was a long time ago and I suspect my craftmanship left a lot to be desired (it never even turned into a quilt,…

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0 In Quilting/ Studio

Pincushions, Presser Feet and Cathedral Windows

Cathedral Window quilt block

For a few years now a queen size cathedral window quilt has been on my short list of Big Projects I Am Afraid to Start. If one looks at it dispassionately, it really isn’t such a huge project – I think I can bulk cut and assemble it in a few days if I focus, and it isn’t a conventional quilt in that it isn’t exactly quilted (although it can be) and the construction method I use leaves the backside…

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0 In Quilting

The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew Along

Farmer's Wife Quilt book and fabrics

Because I am ever the optimist when it comes to committing my time, I joined Fat Quarter Shop and Gnome Angel’s Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew Along and cannot wait for it to start in late September. The group is HUGE at 1500 people so far and it has been fun to watch everyone sharing their fabric choices and design decisions on Facebook and Instagram. I am really looking forward to working on a project that other people are…

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4 In Studio

My “New” Singer: The 411g

Singer 411g

I have been sewing on old Singers for a while now. I bought a modern entry level Janome machine when I was first married and tried sporadically to become a seamstress, usually (always) with disappointing results. I finally started to get proficient at sewing about 8 years ago when I began selling cloth menstrual pads (you heard me right) and was suddenly putting hundreds of hours on my Janome machine. Then I started to really get nerdy about sewing –…

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