Author Archives: Claudine

Passap E6000 Stitch Patterns (Tuck and Slip)

A year or so ago, acquired a Passap E6000 knitting machine. It is pretty great, but the documentation can be impenetrable. The machine itself does all of these cool things, but you need to page through books that were arranged by lunatics in order to make sense of anything. I find myself constantly wishing that […]

Shape and Texture

For several years now, one of my Holy Grail clothing items has been a chunky wool cable knit sweater that actually has some feminine shape to it, and does not cost thousands of dollars. Now, at any given point in time, I have a list of Holy Grail items, and this one was somewhere outside […]


This spring, I’ve been working on starting and stocking a new Etsy shop. I’ve tried this before, focusing on clothes, and it did not really fly. I’m hoping I learned something from that experience and perhaps I can make it work this time. I’m starting with sofa cushions rather than clothes. I’m having a great […]

Spring Print, 2 Ways

My print love affair continues, with this early spring floral. I took a bunch of photos at a local park and image-edited them into this lovely (to me) print! I bought it from in a linen-cotton canvas for a dress , and in a cotton knit for a t-shirt. The only difference between the […]

Moths On My Fabric

Have you seen the photos from the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab? If you haven’t, and you planned on getting anything else done today, do not click on the link. If you do click on it, you will do nothing but look at bug photos all day. They are that good. And they are […]

Creepy Floral

In case you looked at my last post, featuring the print that I designed and had custom printed, and wondered what on earth anyone would do with such a print, here’s the answer. A menswear-style tailored jacket. The pattern I used was Burdastyle 1/2010 119. I re-drafted the back piece to eliminate the center back […]

Arboretum in Winter

Have you heard of It’s a new service for printing fabrics on demand. They contacted me a month or so ago and asked if I would like to try their service. I love designing prints, and it’s been ages since I’ve done one, so I decided to give it a go. It was a […]

Swamp Creature Dress

Every year, I make a nice dress to wear to holiday parties. I end up going to several, and for the most part, the other people there don’t overlap, so I can wear the same dress a few times. This dress will be this year’s holiday attire. It’s actually a dress and a blouse. The […]

Wool Flannel, Out of Season

As I think I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, I like to shop at estate sales. Even if I don’t find anything at all to buy (which happens pretty frequently), the voyeur aspect makes the whole trip worth it. My husband and I have (occasionally lengthy) discussions about what went on in the house. I […]

Angel Wing and Unicorn Mane

This sweatshirt started when I picked up the latest issue of Ottobre at my local Barnes and Noble. A Facebook friend of mine posted that they are selling Ottobre at B&N now. I want to encourage this kind of thing, so I went there and bought it. One of the patterns in the mag is […]