Kiki’s Rewind Designs on Sale at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market This Weekend (10/15/16)


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I’ll be selling at the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Craft Market on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and I have some new Rewind Designs to show off–

1) First is my state applique pillow on linen/cotton with a canvas back.

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A great use for old quilt pieces in my collection, this applique also resonates our state’s rural and textile past.

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If you like to draw, sketch your state and make a pattern. Or you can do what I did and buy graphics on Etsy.

2) Next, I took that theme (and pattern) into my reclaimed embroidery collection.

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These flowers were appliqued onto canvas, then the state shape was cut out and quilted onto off-white burlap. Next, I hand stitched the word “love” in gold metallic thread (since yes, I do love NC).

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As you can see, the pillow is unfinished. Lots of sewing to do before Saturday morning–

3) And since one thing usually leads to another in my sewing room, here’s a similar floral collage called “Nest”.

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Not sure if I can bear to part with this one (or if I’ll finish it on time), but I will have plenty of my vintage fabric creations (like the tool apron below) at the craft market Saturday. Hope to see you there.

More Barkcloth with Vintage Plant Patches.

More Barkcloth with Vintage Plant Patches.

The Chapel Hill Farmers Market is Outside University Place
201 S. Estes Drive. Hours from 8-noon. (October 15

2 Favorite Causes Rolled into 1–Kikis Rewind Designs at Raulston Blooms


leaves_atscrapYou only have to look at my rewind designs to know I’m an avid gardener.  Flowers, fruit,  leaves and trees turn up everywhere. background_leaves

And because I’m an avid gardener, I’m a big supporter of  JC Raulson Arboretum in Raleigh.  Their plants and programs have shaped much of my garden and my garden education.

So I’m always happy to show and sale at JCRA.booth_aprons

 

Find me and my super sturdy garden tool aprons, hats and more at Raulston Blooms, a garden festival for all ages.  This Saturday, 9-4 at JCRA on Beryl Road in Raleigh.  See you there!

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Save the Best for Last–St. Thomas More Holiday Shoppe in Chapel Hill this Weekend.


This is my favorite craft show.  My work usually sells really well here–AND I can turn that money around on the spot and do a lot of my own holiday shopping.   So it’s a twofer.

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House, man and dog are currently covered with threads since I’m sewing  right up until the last minute on new pot holders, purses, and tool aprons to sell.

3 Potholders, a purse and a tool apron in progress--no wonder the house is covered in strings.

3 Potholders, a purse and a tool apron in progress–no wonder the house is covered in strings.

And while I wish I had more garden/craft tool aprons (my top seller and signature item), I’ve been working on a new item–table toppers (runners).

A 50s tablecloth, a drapery sample and an abstract quilt fragment transformed in one of kind table toppers.

A 50s tablecloth, a drapery sample and an abstract quilt fragment transformed in one of kind table toppers.

These ideas have been floating around my head for a log time.  Nice to finally see them all stitched up.   One of the big perks of crafting is you can follow your heart.

Sort of hope I'll end up bringing this one home--

Sort of hope I’ll end up bringing this one home–

If you live locally and like to buy unique, handmade gifts, check out the show Saturday.  And no matter where you live, do seek out gifts made by people who LOVE what they do.  It keeps the good karma going.

 

 

 

Spring Starts Sunday–at least for Crafters like me


Threads and pins are strewn everywhere since I’m sewing  like a mad woman for the first spring craft show of the season.    And it’s one that’s  close to my heart–

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As  a long time volunteer at the prestigious JC Raulston Arboretum, I am so flattered they recruited me to sell my garden/craft aprons (and other upcycled fabric creations) at their spring festival of flowers and birds, Raulston Bloms!

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The Arboretum is a hidden gem and a renowned teaching garden near the heart of Raleigh.   This Saturday’s event is a great chance to stroll the gardens, buy plants, garden-themed arts and crafts; and learn about the out of doors.

Next, I’ll be at the Cary Spring Daze in nearby Bond Park on April 25th.   Per usual, I’ll be sharing a tent with my fellow fiber artist, hip knitter Gail Kennedy of GG’s knits.  Her work is so popular!

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And on May 2nd, GG and I will be at PEAKFEST in my home base of APEX.

Come out and see us at one of these spring festivals! Your support feeds our crafting habits–

 

Buy my Designs at the Western Wake Farmers Market this Weekend–Take My Class at the Scrap


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Why is my dining room/sewing table in such a crazy state?

Because I’m getting ready for a super busy sewing weekend.

On Saturday (11/1)  I’m selling my Rewind Designs at my favorite local farmers market WWFM  in Cary, (NC), and on Sunday (11/2),  I’m teaching a Practical Sewing Workshop at the Scrap Exchange in Durham;

The craft market  a rain or shine event–looks like rain or at least cloudy and cool weather, but there are some bright spots:

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I finished the 3 clutch purses in 40s and 50s fabrics that I was working on last week. I’m very  pleased with the results.

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And I’m working on some favorite little pieces for the sale:  quilted pot holders and pet place mats.

Plus–I’ll have more than a dozen of my signature super-sturdy garden/craft tool aprons.   They are my top sellers.

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The sewing pile for Sunday’s class is not nearly as creative, but just as important, maybe even more so since it’s promoting sustainability.

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I have jeans to hem, shirts and pants to alter, and my favorite garden shorts to patch.  Note to self:  never put metal bolts in your pants pocket.  Use a super sturdy tool apron instead.

 

 

Find me at the Western Wake Farmers Market this Weekend


booth_peakwideI love doing this market because I shop here anyway.

WWFM has long been my favorite weekly source  for small-farm produced food and veg.

Twice a year they invite local  craft vendors.  The spring show is this Saturday (May 10)  8-noon.booth_aprons

I’m taking my signature garden, craft tool aprons, lots of pot holders, quilted coasters, totes and some hip little spring party bags.booth_bags

And since there’s strength in numbers, I always share a booth with my pal, hip knitter, Gail Kennedy.gail_purses1

Wish us luck.  Hot NC summers are great for sewing and knitting.  We need to feed out fabric/yarn habits.

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