Drum roll, please!

For some time now I’ve been wanting a drumcarder. They’re expensive things, though, and I resisted until I was sure I’d have a use for one. Also, they take up space and are really prickly to accidentally brush against when walking across a room, so they really need their own “station” in a studio. I…

Quick Preview – Craft Seconds Sale

If you are in the St. John’s (Newfoundland) area, a crafty sort and like a good deal, be sure to drop by Devon House (Duckworth Street) tomorrow morning. The Annual Seconds Sale is on and there’s plenty to see! There’s about one hundred pounds of this stuff, dyed in marvellous colours. I’ve had to sit…

Craft Council Rummage and Seconds Sale

Anyone in the St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada) area, take note! The annual Craft Council Seconds Sale is taking place on Saturday. (The photos in this post were taken at the sale few years ago.) The official ad reads: April 14, 2007 Sat. 9:00 – 12:00 FIELDS OF FABRIC ENDS! YAFFLES OF YARN! HARD-TO-FIND CRAFT SUPPLIES…

All that glitters….

Ah, I love having an chance to play with some new products. Recently I wandered through Kent Hardware store (Kent are the spawn of Irving, a New Brunswick company) and discovered that they are ceasing to carry the Pebeo line of art supplies. The remainder of the paints were seriously discounted (I paid $1.30 CDN…

Gifts from good friends

Quilty friends are the kind of people who understand that it is possible to fall in love with a piece of fabric. Incredibly Good quilty friends actually give you the piece in question. The batik below was made by Shelley Bauer and I actually had to stop myself from buying it several times. It’s incredibly…

And the winner is…

This is probably the closest I’ve ever come to buying myself a Christmas present. It’s mainly the timing of the purchase that makes it so, therefore I can absolve myself of the feelings of guilt that go with spending money on oneself in December. Meet my Pfaff 2027. Purchased from Joan MacNeill in Springdale, who…

Test-driving

My husband (a man of great learning, wit and possessed of an appreciation for good tools) thinks that “Pfaff” sounds like the German onomatopoeia for a sneeze. This has somehow stuck in my mind and I kept having to refrain from saying “bless you” around the dealer whenever she used the P-word. Thanks, dear. I…

The search for a second machine

I’ve written about my tribulations with my Bernina. Suffice it to say that they are ongoing, but this time it is the repair person and not the machine with which I have certain issues. The machine was improperly fixed and is now worse than it was when I first had problems. It is soon to…

New toy

Much of my smaller work involves cutting squares, rectangles and strips of fabric, some of which is attached to stabiliser and some of which is not. I also produce my own tags, business cards and custom-fold and trim my brochures. Doing those things by hand, with a rotary cutter and straight edge is not difficult,…

Participant in my own hanging

We started hanging the show today. Overall, it went quite well. We spent a couple of hours moving things around and then the patterns formed and the pieces coalesced into a show. I frankly didn’t expect it to happen that quickly and was rather surprised at how well everything merged, especially since Laurie and I…

Supplies listing

I have finally gotten around to starting the “Supplies” page for this blog. I’ve been meaning to do it for some time now and now it’s done. Or at least started. It should be on-going; as I get more sources and information, I’ll update it. It’ll probably only be really useful to those living in…

Sewing machine needle warning

I just realised abruptly that there’s another reason to buy GOOD machine needles. Good needles have a point of controlled breakage, just above the eye. If the needle must snap, it does so at that point. The shank is left in the shaft and the piece with the eye is attached to the thread (unless…