Shortcut Shibori

Shortcut Shibori

It’s magical. That moment when you first undo the clamp, remove the wooden blocks, and you carefully unfold your hand-dyed fabric, revealing it’s interior like a gorgeous new book. Traditional shibori dyeing is a true labor of love: an all-day process of folding,...
It Takes a School to Make an Elephant

It Takes a School to Make an Elephant

There are fewer things sweeter than witnessing what happens when open-minded people get thrown together to think, paint, create and trust in the outcome.  Several weeks ago what unfolded at my children’s school was just this: Magic. It began as a carefully...
A Cushion to Fall Back On

A Cushion to Fall Back On

It started when I saw a wonderful, floppy, thin mattress on a vintage beach chair my old friend Frances Boswell had sewn. (See her delicious blog, Kitchen-Repetoire.com). What a snuggy solution to sprucing up an old, angular chair! She was also knitting a stretchy...
Golden Gate Bench

Golden Gate Bench

Here in northern California so many front yards are beautifully designed and lovingly maintained, but rarely used. While traveling a few summers ago in Istria, I was struck by the very different form that a ‘front yard’ took there: a bench against a wall...
Sun Burst Chair Redux

Sun Burst Chair Redux

When I’m having a particularly wonderful travel experience, I crave pieces of the place to keep and preserve to savor later. More often than not it’s a piece of fabric (note the large stacks of textiles crammed on my office shelves), or a condiment (honey,...

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