Linda has been in town all week (she and Paul finally left today, we were sad to see them go) and we’ve gotten to do all the fun Portland activities you only treat yourself to when you have visitors! Among other adventures, we got waffles, Thai food, biscuit sandwiches, gelato and ice cream cones, and of course plenty of coffee… plus there was some knittn kitten, yard sale-ing, long walks, Powell’s, yarn shops, and a little barbecue over here with buddies in the lineup. Linda has a nice post with a few photos here — she and Paul did lots of great Portland things on their own, too. Since my laptop is currently full to the brim until I transfer a good chunk of my towering iPhoto onto an external drive, and everything I’ve snapped recently is trapped on my camera in the meantime, I have borrowed some favorite pictures of the week from Lee, Paul, and Linda.
To celebrate the release of Crochet Adorned, Linda did a super cool crochet 101 segment on AM Northwest, and at her lovely Powell’s event last week we not only learned a few tips, tricks, and secrets, but we got to see the whole array of her beautiful book projects in person… such a fun evening! Lee got some great shots of Linda at the famous wooden-book podium,
and the many pretty things she brought to show us.
Linda took lots of questions at the end of her talk. As a total beginner (I have crocheted two bead and wire necklaces using only the foundation chain stitch thanks to Diane), I asked for her recommendations for hooks and she suggested Clover Soft Touch, which are ergonomically designed for working comfortably. I was also curious to know what her favorite projects in the book were, and she mentioned her lovely Butterfly Apron and this gorgeous Lace Bowl.
Seeing all of her projects out was so inspiring! I was really looking forward to her flower crochet event at Yarn Garden on Saturday — the first time I saw her book, I was instantly drawn to the beautiful flower designs (like the Garden Party Cardigan on the cover) and her comprehensive stitch and motif dictionary is an incredible resource.
On Saturday afternoon, we all settled into the front room at Yarn Garden and I snapped up the recommended Clover Soft Touch hook (size G). It was so comfortable to use, even an hour in (thanks Linda!), and after a few experimental practice loops I was on my way to flower-constructing.
Linda gave all of us super-helpful one-on-one instruction and we got to crocheting. She had some colorful sample pieces out to show, and plenty of stash yarn up for grabs. Of my neighbors at the table, Kathy made a hot pink flower, Caitlin‘s was blue and mine was orange. I was by far the most junior crocheter on board but I started to feel so much more confident on petals 2 and 3 — with Linda’s tutoring, I was actually double crocheting! Just a few repetitions and a satisfying pull on the yarn tail later, I had the sweetest little five-petal flower made and a bright blue button picked out for ornamenting it. Yay!
Linda’s book is such a treat — a lovely array of ideas for turning something you already have into something you love with delicate updates and pretty touches, from beginner-friendly to delightfully aspirational. I’m so excited to keep going and make more flowers… and trims… and granny squares (my necklace in all these pictures is a Lindamade original!). One of these months, after lots more practice, I even hope to try my hand at that gorgeous thread-crochet bowl.
You can see lots more peeks at the book on Linda’s blog and in Diane’s, Lee’s, and Natalie’s reviews. And Alice is giving away a copy of it today — hop over there to leave a comment and enter to win!
Here in Portland, we are in for a treat tonight: Linda will be at Powell’s at 7:30, talking crochet and signing copies of Crochet Adorned! You can also check out this interview with her on the Oregonian’s knitting blog, and her live segment on this morning’s AM Northwest show — and she took this lovely photo of her book while visiting the Rose Garden yesterday. So pretty.
I’ll be writing more about her beautiful book tomorrow with some photos from her event…
I wish I could make it in person, but luckily for those of us not in the Evergreen State there will be plenty of online awesomeness to admire.
And all weekend, Handmade Nation is showing at Cinefamily in Los Angeles! Woo hoo!
Check out the Cinefamily site for lots more info on the gift bags, giveaways, book signing, mini-craft fair, and more!
If you go:
Linda Permann at Powell’s, 1005 W. Burnside St, Portland
Thursday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
(and at Yarn Garden, 1413 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland on Saturday August 15 from 1 to 3 pm)
Ryan Berkley at Schmancy Toys, 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle
Friday, August 14 from 6 to 9 pm
Handmade Nation at Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles
Saturday, August 15 at 12 noon and 7 pm
Sunday, August 16 at 3, 5, 7, and 9 pm
My friend Sarah has been organizing a very cool new sewing and quilting resource, Project 95 through the Fabric Shop Network. It’s a fantastic database of independent fabric shops — simply type in a global location and the site shows you the nearest stores, or you can use it to find online retailers, too. And if you know of one that isn’t listed yet, you can let the 95ers know so they can update the list (which currently includes thousands of shops, and counting). I talked to her a bit about it today and wanted to pass the details along here, too!
Project 95: Fabric Shoppers United — Shop Independents is a worldwide network of independent quilt and fabric shops, e-tailers and design studios who have joined forces to promote shopping independents. By buying from Project 95 shops, you support that movement and join with consumers just like yourself to ensure that you will have access to specialized quilting and sewing supplies, no matter where you live. Even if you don’t have an independent quilt shop or fabric store near you, there are many independent web-based shops or bricks and mortar stores that retail to customers over the Internet.
While our database contains several thousand independent shops, we know that shops are opening — and, sadly, closing — all the time, so if you have an update, please let us know! We will be doing more in the future, so please check fabricshoppersunite.com and become a fan of Project 95 on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news.
The Flickr pool is our latest roll-out, and we hope that fabric shoppers can share images of their favorite stores or items that they’ve made using materials from independent shops. We hope that the pool can be a celebration of independents!
You can see more details on all these photos (plus lots of other folks’ finds) in the flickr pool! Please add your own pictures if you’re up for it, too — what are your favorite fabrics lately, and what have you made with them?
I helped Jamin set things up yesterday afternoon and I got to install the piece on the postcard, bit by bit! It was so much fun to arrange all those tiny cups within the vessel, and see her beautiful work up close. If you are free tonight (or later this month), please stop by to see the show. We’ll be there tonight to celebrate with her.
If you go:
Squirm at Visage
1046 NW Johnson St., Portland
Opening tonight, August 6, from 6-9
Portland’s sweetest record store, Q is for Choir on SE Clinton St. also has an enchanting show of Julie’s luminous photographs right now… stop in to see them if you are in the neighborhood.
Caitlin alerted me to the ice cream social in Piccolo Park tonight — it’s part of National Night Out so you can get to know your neighbors! The free ice cream cones are up for grabs from 6-9 pm. Sounds awesome.
We’re hoping to go right before Diane’s book event at Powell’s tonight — can’t wait!
Wow, flickr tells me that these pictures are two and three years old. Obviously I need to be taking more pictures of ice cream, starting tonight…
It sounds like there are tons of neighborhood events going on across the country tonight — maybe there’s one in your zip code too!
I got my copy of Diane Gilleland‘s beautiful new book, Kanzashi In Bloom, recently and I couldn’t wait to try some of her lovely projects! Lucky for me, Diane and I are in the same town, and she offered to come over and kanzashi with me… bringing vintage fabric, buttons, and a little tiny iron with her for good measure. I snapped some photos of our crafty morning and my little finished flower — my first one ever, and I just love it!
We started out by cutting squares of fabric (I picked a lively, tiny vintage print) and prepping them for petal-making. I love that the raw fabric square is almost exactly the size of the finished flower — crafty alchemy!
A quick press with the mini-iron later, they were ready to fold. (Diane’s book has wonderfully clear step-by-step photos and instructions — these are just a few snaps of my process as we went.)
Folding the first petal felt like magic! I love origami and using fabric instead of paper was a really cool experience.
And in just a few minutes, I had eight of them pinned and ready to join! A neat stitch and pull later, they formed the sweetest flower-petal circle.
Then it was time to choose the center button (I am into buttons, and the red moonglow round was just the thing) and hot-glue a little circle of fabric down to cover the back.
I love my little flower! It took me a few days to decide what to ornament with it, but Diane looked awfully cute holding it brooch-style with her pretty new dress… so that’s what I did, too.
I’m excited to make some flowers in different sizes and colors — maybe some tiny bright ones for hairclips, and larger and summer-ier colors for brooches or stitching right onto a handbag. Kanzashi in Bloom illustrates so many possibilities for projects to make with the flowers, as well as invaluable tips for choosing fabric and deciding on details like centerpieces and petal shapes.
You can check out lots more kanzashi excitement at the book website, and in the flickr pool of reader projects! And if you’re in Seattle this weekend, Diane will be at Urban Craft Uprising today (Saturday, August 1), showing everyone how to make kanzashi from 12:30-1:30 and then signing books from 2-3 pm. I’ll be there too, and would love to see what you make! The projects from her Twisted event last week are so charming.
And then she’ll be back in Portland for another book signing at Powell’s Books downtown this coming Tuesday, August 4th, from 7:30 – 9:00. Locals, be sure to mark your calendars!