#FridayFeeling – It’s National Coffee Day

It’s Friday Makers! And it’s National Coffee Day in the USA. Huzzah!  Yes, here in the PNW we have some of the best coffee in the country (sans sbx tho,not a fan).What’s your favourite coffee and go to cafe/coffee drink? I’ll share a bit of my coffee snobbery with you today…..

Yes, I admit, I’m a coffee snob (Also a tea snob). My fave organic coffee? I make at home with my Pavoni , the coffee comes from a local nano roaster, Gilda of Mae-B-Market. This is the best imho. (she ships too 😉 I drink mine straight with no additives! Love a bold dark roast. I’m not a fan of foofoo coffee. You know which ones I mean. LOL

I know you’ve seen this before, but I’ll share anyway. Here she is in the coffee roasting pinny I custom made for her. She’s still wearing the sun hat I made several years ago too. Sweet.

Next, is my fave local cafe, Northcove , they do an awsome fizzy ( 2 shots with splash of soda on the rocks) refreshing and delish cappuccinos . It’s my go to meet-up place with fellow makers and clients. Especially with the bestest realtor in the west, yes, that’s you D. Tho my most favourite cafe in all the land (other than Sicilia) is Cafe Trieste North Beach  in San Francisco. Sorry  Seattle. (not sorry really) If you’re ever in the area, do go. You’ll have a true cafe experience.

Fresh Fizzy @Northcovecoffee

 

It being National Coffee Day, go take a cup to someone you know could use a lift, or buy one for the person in line in front of you or on the corner stoop. However you celebrate today, or not, make it blessed.

Happy Friyay Makers! Cheers

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Tuesday Textile Tip – Tulle

It’s Tuesday Makers! Tulle is one of those textiles that most sewist I’ve known either love it or like me, avoid it. I’ve filed this fabric in my ‘fussy’ folder . I’m not a fan of fussy. Tulle netting can be made of a variety of different fibres. Nylon, cotton ,rayon or silk and the like. But not to be confused with other soft sheer fabrics like chiffion, organza or bobbinnet . Oh, who doesn’t recall crinoline petticoats. Gah! Makes me itch just thinking about them. LOL

I rarely have a sewing project that calls for tulle material. It’s often used mainly for wedding attire ,decor and tutus. Tho in today’s creative world tulle is being used in all types of crafty ways. This winter I may sew something with tulle. What’s your recent tulle creation?

One of our local Makers ,Tammy, at the Alger Sunday Market crafts a dish scrubby by crocheting strips of tulle and yarn together. She said she often upcycles the ‘netting’ from  produce packaging from the grocer and combines it with yarn to make these scrubby.  I don’t know how , but I’ve never seen one of these before. She made me this purple square one and I’m hooked. I love it. It works great,even on my cast iron pans. Ole dogs (me) can learn something new 😉 .

 

I know many crafters use tulle for holiday decorations and even for wrapping gifts. I’ve used it for gift basket kitsch and for bows and stuffing into gift bags. Above is an idea you may like to try this holiday season for a unique handmade tree. Hmmm, trade show table tree?

What sewing or crafting experiences have you had with tulle?

oh and tulle was seen paired a lot with street style at many of the trendy fashion week events around NYC,Paris,London. Google tulle fall fashion week. My fave stylish trend came from the Dior Blue fall line (above). Would you wear this? Something about the soft over-sized G’Pa sweater and blue tulle tea length skirt speaks to me.  Tho I’d need many more layers than this. And thick knit tights underneath . I’d freeze if wear sheer tulle in PNW fall weather. LOL…… and didn’t I say , it’s beret season!

Happy Tuesday Makers~cheers

Share your photos if you make that tulle holiday tree and I’ll post them.

 

Dior photo credit: Vogue.com

 

 


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Tuesday Textile Tip- Wool

It’s textile Tuesday Makers! Woolly season is coming. Sewing and crafting with wool has been popular textile for millennia. It’s one of the ‘living’ fibres. Which means coming from from animals like sheep or from goats is called cashmere and mohair, from muskoxen is qiviut and from rabbit – angora etc. We have plenty of local ‘living fibre’ roving suppliers around the PNW and especially here in our little valley. I like to use upcycle material like wool coats or sweaters to use for my makes. It is also easy to wet felt by hand but takes time. Like the hat I’m working on this week. That textile came from an 100% wool blanket found at a local thrift. Finding pure wool to upcycle is a challenge now-a-days due to the blending of wool with synthetic fibres in most fashion and other industry. If you want to use upcycle material to wet felt, make sure to look at the label carefully. Look for 100% pure wool and even this is not exact. Read more here in the FTC’s Textile and Wool Acts .

Wool use to be a ‘last a lifetime’ go-to textile for many knockabout fashion style and fine accessories. Like the world famous Pendleton blanket or the still popular 49’er women’s jacket. Some Pendleton wool is still woven and made in OR. Even their eco-wise wool textile yardage is still available.

Wool is great for insulation too. I upcycle it as wadding for my tea pot covers and woolly cake hats. You could even use it for slippers and handwarmers. Ahhh, a nice cuppa sound great on this chilly rainy day today. What’s your fave tea? Mine-straight black, tho I do enjoy flavored now and then. I digress….

Sewing with wool comes with it’s challenges too. In my experience sewing with wool, having good tools is key. Watch this short video Wonderful Woolens by Ann Steeves it is very useful. (tip-Take notes on the needle sizes and stitch length she shares)And a good iron with lots steam power. Don’t skip Pressing or steaming!  I use a wool pressing cloth on most of my sewing projects. It works great and lasts. I tend to use lots heat ,(LOL No patience.) Especially if you plan to do any wet felting. You’ll become very fond of your steamer,and I don’t mean the cuppa either. 😉

gabardine or sharkskin? really?

Who’s ever sewn a wool coat? I’ve not tried that yet. But I do want to. I loved my woolly car coat from my school days. And who remembers having a gabardine ‘travel suit’? *sigh* I miss that suit. (not a Lilli Ann sharkskin tho) I think,somewhere, I still have a tweed ‘travel suit’ blazer tho. Hmmm, note to self….add travel suit to project list. We tend to make or purchase what’s trending or in fashion of the season. And waste a lot. But perhaps this year or next, step out on the woolly side and make something that last. I wonder if that wool coat is still ‘living’.

What’s your experience with wool?

Happy Tuesday Makers-Cheers

+tip~ This info brochure has some intriguing wool tid-bits and sewing tips on page 10/11

 

 

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