Thursday, June 24, 2010

Phoebe and Rob's Sign

Phoebe and Rob had the loveliest lakeside wedding at the Migis Lodge in Maine.  It couldn't have been more perfect down to thunder clouds parting an hour before the wedding.  One of the bride's wishes was to have a sign with her and Rob's name on it made out of the woodsy elements from the property.  There were stacks of firewood for guests all over so it was easy to gather the elements we needed and make the sign.  Here is the how to:

What You Need:

  • 1/2 inch thick pine board, this one is 12" tall by 3 1/2 feet wide
  • Wood stain and cloth
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wood chisel 
  • Hammer
  • Pine bark, birch bark, pine cones

1.  Stain the board and let dry.

2.  Gather up bark from pine trees and birch trees.  A little goes a long way.  We got so much in a matter of minutes and had enough extra to make another sign that said something else.  

3.  Plan out where the letters are going, make a mark at the top of each letter, but don't write out the letters because sometimes the bark won't follow the curves that easily and your pencil line will show so just make spacing marks.

4.  Using the chisel and a hammer, split the pine bark into thinner strips.  The birch bark is easy enough to tear but the pine is a little tough to get thin so a chisel really helps.

5.  Hot glue the pieces of wood in place and voila!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Photos from Signature Styles

I am so lucky to have been chosen as a featured artist in one of  Jenny Doh's upcoming book projects called Signature Styles.  Featuring 25 Crafters, a look into their studios, and a project just for the book.  Deborah Jaffe the infamous photographer who has shot for such big names as Martha Stewart and In Style Magazine shot it for me and did an amazing job.  Here is a sneak peek at the studio!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Patchwork Tapestry for Girl's Camp Window

My latest project for the UCLA Commons Window.  So much fun and it actually didn't take long to sew (don't look too closely, please!)

The How-To:

What You Need:

  • Lots of little pieces of fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Dowel or long piece of wood- I found this Robin Hood bow in the garage that I had no idea we even had!
  • Iron and ironing board


1.  Sew rectangles and fabric together right side to right side so all the stitching is on the back.  I sewed pieces that measured about 2' x 2' so it wasn't so big and all over the place and then sewed them together into one giant 12' x 5'  tapestry.

2.  Sew a loop at the top so you can slip your dowel through and seam the sides and bottom.

3.  Hand-sew patches with embroidery thread to add another layer of patchwork goodness and also to cover any problem spots ;)!