Linen is wonderful. Like cotton, linen, a textile woven from flax fibres, is one of the oldest and most popular textiles in history. It comes in different kind of weaves, looser or tighter, unbleached or dyed, and when washed, it wrinkles very easily. There’s an old proverb that says “Never choose your women or your linen by candlelight” (Oxford Dictionary of proverbs) Apparently, it warns agains the deceitfulness of things in the light of the candle. Thankfully we don’t live in the sixteenth century, but sexist remark aside, it does talk about the importance given to choosing the best linen. This particular linen…

Summer. You pour a glass of cold water and the surface of the glass instantly turns opaque, then melts into thin, transparent paths. You wait for, and enjoy even the mildest breeze in the hot air. Summers are for keeping what your wear airy and fluid and your hair up and away from your face. They’re also a good time to start simple and useful projects, like a turban-style headband. It’s easy to make one. All you need is scrap fabric and a piece of elastic. I started by creating two wedge shaped tubes of fabric, that I stitched on…

Like many bloggers who sew garments, I sometimes feel that this passion for making clothes is a shallow passion. I see how the idea of a hobby that is focused so much on the outside can be seen as shallow. In a passage of Les Miserables, the poor and kind Bishop is asked by Madame Magloire, who is in charge with all domestic duties, why he insists on planting flowers on a piece of land where vegetables could be planted. “The beautiful is as useful as the useful”, he replies. “Perhaps more so”. It can be thus said, that making beautiful…

This blog is about sewing and knitting, and other DIY, yet today I wanted to share what I’ve learned from reading, Modernist Cuisine at Home, a book by Maxime Bilet and Nathan Myhrvold. I’m only 20% through the book, but I wanted to make a note on some things that I thought were worth remembering and sharing! Do you cook as well? (If you do, there are more links to places on this blog, where I talked about food, at the end of this post) 1. Corn is not the only cereal you can pop in the microwave, you can also try…

Not too long ago I decided that I would stop buying yarn. My yarn stash was growing bugger and bigger and the number of finished and loved projects was still very small. Some of the knitted projects I have finished lately are: a white cardigan (my first knitted garment!) which turned out cute this vest which is in the unravel pile right now this mint knitted t-shirt which turned out meh and was since donated this cute pom pom hat I wore all winter + 3 other hats I made as gifts (so rewarding <3) and this wool chunky sweater, which I really liked…

I made a skirt! And I actually wore it outside the house, moments which are important in my life as a maker and wearer or skirts 😉 I was never a big fan or skirts because I considered them fussy and higher maintenance than a pair of shorts, especially when you bike, run around and sit in the grass, looking at ducks floating peacefully on the lake. But when I received this beautiful fabric as a Christmas gift, I thought it would make a really pretty skirt. I didn’t know if I would really wear it, but I made a promise…

A bit late, but just as insightful as if would have been, have I written this two weeks ago 🙂 Week three The third week of May was dedicated to watercolor. I received a beautiful new watercolor pad as a gift and the paper is beautiful! It was such a pleasure to paint on it. My me-mades on the drying line are, from right to left: a me-made striped t-shirt I made using a self-drafted pattern, another white self-made t-shirt, a suede house robe I made as a muslin for the Oslo cardigan and turned out really pretty, a self drafted blue…

This second week of me made may 2016 I’m experimenting with documenting the clothes I made or tailored or refashioned by drawing in coloured pencils. It’s really great to try something new. Coloured pencils are so uncomplicated. In the best way possible. I mean, there are wonderful artists out there that do magical things with their ideas, ability and… coloured pencils, but most of us had a box of pencils when we were kids. It was okay to just scribble away all day and if I remember correctly, there was no other goal than having fun. And an inexplicable urge to…

Love the idea of MMM16, or Me Made May, the challenge to wear things you’ve made or refashioned yourself for a month. Not so much the idea of selfies 🙂 This week I experimented with illustration as a way to record and share my MMM16 musings. Monday: leggings and a thrifted sweatshirt that I refashioned and completely reshaped. I made a mistake and forgot to change my needle to ballpoint and had to unpick a seam when I sewed this, which means that there are some unsightly holes under one of the armholes 🙁 I was thinking I could add…

Today I’m launching a new series: the Sky Turtle Embroidery Patterns, starting this summer with the ICONS mini-collection. The first of the four embroidery patterns is Frida. You can download the free embroidery pattern by subscribing to our newsletter here. You’ll instantly receive the download link. We only email when we publish new content and we will not share your address with anyone else. Next month, you will also receive the new embroidery pattern, right in your inbox! What’s in the pack? A high quality printable PDF with the Frida pattern in five different sizes, so you can embroider a…