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    FALL Design: Scarves

    FALL Design: Scarves
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    Fall came as we gathered in the studio at Mabel Dodge in Taos. It was a glorious week of inspiration in the high desert of New Mexico for our first Design Outside...

    PANTS: 1 Pattern = 3 Designs

    PANTS: 1 Pattern = 3 Designs
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    My Capitola Pant Pattern (PAPER) is a winner and the perfect choice for these 3 Fall variations. To get the fit you want, start by taking a few measurements of your favorite comfy pants. How...

    Undershirts=Summer Wearing

    Undershirts=Summer Wearing
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                   SUMMER Wearing=Undershirts + Mini River Tunics. You have seen some of my layering River Tunics in the last Journal Posts. Here are some tips...

    SUMMER WHITES: The Shrug & The ReMake

    SUMMER WHITES: The Shrug & The ReMake
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    'Once upon a time....there was a new stash of beautiful fabrics and trims shared by friends from all over the land. It was not the end, but another beginning.   Inspired by...

    Summer Layers-

    Summer Layers-
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      By now, you know I am all about the River Tunic. My favorite silhouettes are the ones I know I will continue to make every season- in every fabric,...

    Expanding on a Summer Theme: WRAP-JEWELRY- BAG

    Expanding on a Summer Theme: WRAP-JEWELRY- BAG
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    Okay, I still have Cicada design love in me! ....and I want to share some cool ways to create more with one, favorite stencil design. Surface design is very personal...and stenciling can...

    CICADAS: Brood 10 in Oregon

    CICADAS: Brood 10 in Oregon
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    Brood 10, the Cicadas that appear in the eastern United States seem to have landed here! This shrug, started with the River Tunic Pattern and is a fun, timely piece to step out in. If you...

    Quick Summer Tunics-

    Quick Summer Tunics-
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    One of my favorite garments to wear are these quick relaxed fit tops! Usually linen or soft cotton in the summer. Just fun to stitch one up and pair with a drapey pant...

    Welcome back Cicadas!!

    Welcome back Cicadas!!
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    I never got to share the last pair of toddler pants I printed with Cicadas.... so as they make their way to the surface again....here is a fresh pair with some how-to...

    My Spring Linen Jacket-

    My Spring Linen Jacket-
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    This IS my new favorite jacket in my ongoing Make a Wardrobe from Scratch project this year. ReMake is attracting more of us daily-sometimes we intuitively know what works and what doesn’t....

    I-Ching for the Garden-

    I-Ching for the Garden-
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    The I-Ching Working Vest-  I love the strip ticking for a canvas weight I-Ching Vest. The pattern is available in PDF and Paper. It is perfect for gardening or workshop time. The combination of...

    KANTHA!

    KANTHA!
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    Kantha, literally ‘patched cloth’, is traditionally made and stitched in workshops of women in India, Bengali and other countries in that region. A testament to our passion for making something...

    The Paisley: New Stencil

    The Paisley: New Stencil
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    New! In my collection=The Paisley Stencil.  You may have heard me say, ‘HOW you print  is just as important as WHAT you print’…Let’s explore that idea with the new Paisley...

    MARCH - Stitching a Night Sky

    MARCH - Stitching a Night Sky
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      And so it is….the Year of the Ox begins. I'm ready for the world to unfold for us all in this new year!!!  Time for a new jacket, celebrating the spring, to wrap...

    CAWFS- Blue Flannel Shirt

    CAWFS- Blue Flannel Shirt
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    Doesn’t everyone need a flannel shirt?…and I’m talkin’ GOOD flannel. Remember: Garment sewing is all about the fabric that feels good to wear. This beautiful collection of blue flannels is...

    Birthday Garments: Celebrating Color

    Birthday Garments: Celebrating Color
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     INSPIRATION: From my photo library, some armchair traveling reminds me how much I enjoyed the visual delights of downtown Denver. The collage below is a combo of photos and fabrics...and...

    Creating a Wardrobe from Scratch: #3 River Tunic T

    Creating a Wardrobe from Scratch: #3 River Tunic T
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    Tee Shirts and knit tunics are at the top of my new Creating a Wardrobe From Scratch list! The River Tunic Pattern is my 'go to' for Tee Shirts. The...

    Creating a Wardrobe from Scratch: #2 Coat

    Creating a Wardrobe from Scratch: #2 Coat
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    Needing a warm, easy to make, coat I could throw on anytime for walks & daily life…this one nails it!!  My coat started with a piece of washed and dried jacquard woven wool and...

    JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER : Calling in 2021 on A Wing 'N A Prayer

    JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER : Calling in 2021 on A Wing 'N A Prayer
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                     There has never been just one way to MAKE calling me- As makers, that love affair with what is sensuous in our hands, drawing us farther...

    JAN- Journal Post: Making a Wardrobe from Scratch-

    JAN- Journal Post: Making a Wardrobe from Scratch-
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    I have begun. The once daunting task of making a new wardrobe has now settled into me as an interesting adventure. I look forward to my clothing being an expression...

    DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER: A Winter Of Making: Soup & Clothes

    DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER: A Winter Of Making: Soup & Clothes
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    ‘I’ve been thinking about you today--imagining what you're sewing so your closet looks like you.’ ...... This email…from my childhood friend, Cynthia Thomas,  reminded me I need a wardrobe! ...a bit overwhelming at...

    Design Ideas with SCISSOR Fabric-

    Design Ideas with SCISSOR Fabric-
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    Scissors were finding their way into my work this past summer. These favorite tools, now a memory, can now show up in your sewing projects too!  Here are some ways to...

    NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER: My Perfect Life

    NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER:  My Perfect Life
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    I woke knowing there was a new ladder in me. Trusting the instinct, I made one last trip to the ashes with saw in hand. Cutting, I hoped somehow the ladder...

    The Red Bike - Revisited

    The Red Bike - Revisited
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    This dynamic fabric combo really plays well combined with one of the Red Bike Panels. Combined with linens and denims, the linen/cotton canvas panel is a great weight for a...

    OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER: 'MAKING' My Way

    OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER: 'MAKING' My Way
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    Transformation definitely builds our creativity. We are all launching into Fall  with various emotions about a summer and so many people lost to Covid. The impact of continuing natural disasters are exhausted all...

    AUGUST 2020 NEWSLETTER : Shadows on the Wing

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     Shadows on the Wing As this butterfly landed, in just the right light… she opened her wings and gave us something unexpected. It's probably happened before, maybe lots of times….but...

    July/Aug NL

    July/Aug NL
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             WOOD has carved deep roots through generations of my Swedish family.   In that proud tradition of makers….the women have always created textiles, in all the Scandinavian...

    July/Aug -Working in WOOD

    July/Aug -Working in WOOD
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    Wood has carved deep roots through generations of my Swedish family. I have always been a 'stick' person...collecting special ones and finding ways to integrate them into my daily life....

    JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER : HOME

    JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER : HOME
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                       Home IS our personal shelter Right now, I am celebrating the places in myself that are unfolding as I appreciate HOME....

    HOME Stencil: 3 Design Tips for Printing a Shirt

    HOME Stencil: 3 Design Tips for Printing a Shirt
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    'DESIGNING with a stencil  is when you take it farther than just printing a design'.  Here are 3 Design Tips that can change your work: Starting with a solid color...

    The Duplex Apron Pattern

    The Duplex Apron Pattern
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                                 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A new pattern always inspires lots of ideas and directions to create! Here are some...

    May: Inspired by Monet

    May: Inspired by Monet
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    The Monet Show, at the Denver Art Museum last year, was a memorable highlight. Room after room, unveiling colorful, textured canvases in perfect lighting, all illustrating the life of passionate painter, Claude Monet. I love the...

    APRIL 2020 NEWSLETER: YOUR CREATIVITY NOW

    APRIL 2020 NEWSLETER: YOUR CREATIVITY NOW
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    Your Creativity Now- ‘New Design grows from discovering fresh inspiration & engaging it in innovative ways’, Diane Questions to Spark our Making Process: Notice the unexpected: What catches your eye? It...

    APRIL:Thank-You Mr Finch!!!

    APRIL:Thank-You Mr Finch!!!
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    Thank you Mr Finch! …and thank you Selvedge!  Looking out the window for any movement of time....the Selvedge Newsletter is a welcome sight. Here in Southern Oregon, it is the perfect...

    MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER- UFO sightings!

    MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER- UFO sightings!
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      Not everything is meant to be a finished product. There are different reasons to make!!!  All of the projects waiting...waiting to be recycled, dismantled, finished or re-visioned! Our CREATIVITY is...

    March- Inspired By: A Linen Shirt

    March- Inspired By: A Linen Shirt
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    March UFO Sightings-  Yes, I have many many projects in a state of ‘in process’….Spring is a great time to revisit what moves forward and what goes away. Here is...

    FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

    FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
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    Panatone Color of the Year or not....see how my new BLUE ReMake is changing up my end-of-winter wardrobe in my Feb.Blog. February Patten Bundle Special-  Spark your spring sewing and refresh...

    Feb. INSPIRED BY!: BLUE

    Feb. INSPIRED BY!: BLUE
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    ReMake meets Fabric Stash….My design work this month is inspired by my never-ending love of Blue! As you may know, Panatone is calling in 2020 as the year of a beautiful...

    INSPIRED BY: Denver

    INSPIRED BY: Denver
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    I've been exploring historic, inspiring downtown Denver, Colorado. It is influencing new direction in my work. The charming architecture, a blend of old and new, is very cool! It was the seed for...

    DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

    DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
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    Studio time is part of the holiday season. I've been finishing the year designing & sewing with one of my favorite fabrics: Kantha Cloth. Any pattern can be a canvas for new design...

    Dec: Sewing with Kantha Cloth

    Dec: Sewing with Kantha Cloth
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    FAVORITE FABRICS My winter sewing has focused on creating a collection of garments with Kantha Cloth. For most of us, this is the month of chilly weather, new teas and inside projects. Here are some ideas...

    NOVEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

    NOVEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
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                              2020 DOL Retreats 2020 will be a dynamic, inspiring year in the Design Outside the Lines Retreat...

    November: BUGS & BAGS

    November: BUGS & BAGS
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             ONE STENCIL: The Cicada    •    NEW Design Directions It's exciting to explore how new design directions can unfold through any one thing.....in this case, The Cicada Stencil....

    New! The I-Ching Shirt/Jacket Pattern + The Trigram Stencil

    New! The I-Ching Shirt/Jacket Pattern  +  The Trigram Stencil
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    The I-Ching-It’s Perfect Layer for my Fall Wardrobe! October in the NorthWest fells like a little bit of both fall & winter….crisp mornings paired with beautiful warm days. It won’t be...

    September: Neutral Colors & The Brush Alphabet Stencil

    September: Neutral Colors  & The Brush Alphabet Stencil
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       Fall Designing starts now! Time for a new vest in my everyday wardrobe. The white stenciled linen (printed with the Brush Alphabet Stencil) was a favorite shirt in its first life. Now...

    AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER

    AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER
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      Steeped in Summer Purples inspired by the Lavender Farm- I loved visiting Los Pablanos this summer (a Beautiful Lavender Farm in the Southwest). It has re-inspired my use of all things...

    Steeped in Summer Lavender & Purple-

    Steeped in Summer Lavender & Purple-
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    August = ONE COLOR: Purple      ONE STENCIL: The Calla Lilly I loved visiting Los Pablanos this summer ( a Beautiful Lavender Farm in the Southwest). It has re-inspired my...

    JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER

    JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER
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    What starts with a single, red thread is just the beginning…..See the July blog all about infusing your work with a single accent color! This month, Diane’s blog features her...

    Red: Hue of the month-

    Red: Hue of the month-
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              Color: Red    •    Stencil: Seashore Stencil It might just start with a single, red thread…........ Consider all the textures, sizes and types of...

    JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

    JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER
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    ‘Thank you for surrounding me with so much love this spring! Processing big life change and transition greets us, with deeper meaning while challenging and growing our creativity too. I...

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