October 24, 2015

Floral Embroidery

Experiments in floral embroidery. 
Incidentally, the most calming, meditative activity.

October 14, 2015

Pop-Up Book

I made this illustrated pop-up book as a present for my sister's birthday. 
From late night swims in the Mediterranean to hours of board games and 
made-up card games, to all our favourite foods, to after-dinner runs into
town for vanilla soft serve, to floating in the hot sun on the cool waters of Georgian Bay,
these are just a few of our favourite memories from this past year.
The bottom photo is of the individual pop-ups, pre-assembly.

September 29, 2015

Paper Sculpture // Nests

I received a package of delicate handmade paper in the mail from Share Studios 
and decided to make it into this paper sculpture inspired by insect nests.

August 8, 2015

Pine Needle Basket II

Just added another pine needle basket to the collection.
This time I used fresh green needles so there was no need to boil and soak them in advance.

April 29, 2015

Hand Pendants

The other day I found myself playing with polymer clay and this is what happened.
The results may be a little creepy, but I kind of like these miniature hands and I've been wearing one every day.

April 17, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving No.3

Latest pieces off the rigid heddle loom. Cotton yarn recycled from old sweaters.

April 8, 2015

Model Ship

I got bit by the ship-making bug and had to get it out of my system.
I made this one from scratch, using balsa wood for the body,
bamboo skewers (split) for the railings and masts
and scrap cotton muslin for the sails.

March 30, 2015

Ship in a Bottle

I came across a ship in the bottle kit (a privateer by Authentic Models) and of course I had to make it.
I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. 
I thought I could finish it in an hour or two, but it ended up taking much, much longer.
In the middle photo, it is partly assembled. 
The body is built, sanded and painted and one of the masts is finished.
In the bottom photo you can see the entire ship rigged, the threads are taut - if I were to let go,
all the masts would fall down. This is so the ship is collapsible and can squeeze 
through the very narrow bottle opening. The hardest part was getting all 
the sails untangled and the masts upright once the ship was in the bottle.

March 25, 2015

Nature Treasure

Little bits of nature I've collected on my walks.

March 24, 2015

Tapestry Weaving

Some wall hangings I've been weaving on the rigid heddle loom
using 100% wool yarn and wool roving attached to pieces of driftwood.

March 23, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving No.2

My second piece off the rigid heddle loom.
I'm in love with the texture of this single ply wool yarn - it has a stiff structure to it
and I am finding little bits of hay in my skeins. 

March 6, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving

I recently got a small 15" Schacht rigid heddle loom and I am in love.
This is my first piece off the loom - a scarf woven from single-ply wool 
in various shades of cream and grey. 
It's incredible how fast the weaving goes on a loom 
after spending so much time knitting and tapestry weaving by hand.

February 13, 2015

Knitted Wool Socks

 Knitted wool socks based on this pattern from Canadian Living.
I modified the pattern a little as I used single-ply Briggs and Little yarn
(2.5mm needles, cast on 60 stitches for size medium).

February 11, 2015

Small Shelf II

Another small display shelf made from salvaged wood lath.

February 9, 2015

Small Shelf

I made a small shelf from wood lath I found on the side of the road.
I cut it into small pieces, stained it with walnut gel stain and nailed it together.

January 22, 2015

Rocks in Watercolour

Experimenting with watercolour, painting rocks over and over from different angles.

January 16, 2015

Pine Needle Baskets

I've been making pine needle baskets this winter.
I collected a whole bunch of red pine needles, soaked them in boiling water, removed the sheaths
and made them into baskets by coiling and fastening them with twine.

January 3, 2015

Handmade Bitters and Elixirs

This year a friend and I made a collection of bitters and cocktail elixirs as holiday presents. 
For the bitters we used roasted dandelion, chicory and astragalus roots.  
For the aromatics we used cinnamon, cloves, ginger, anise, cardamom, pine, fir, 
rose petals, vanilla, and elderflower, among others. 
We prepared the individual tinctures several weeks in advance, 
allowing them to develop into bright, bold flavours, before straining out the solids. 
We then developed a series of unique flavours by mixing and matching the various bitters and aromatics.
We packaged them in 30ml bottles and printed labels featuring drawings of the main spice in each flavour.