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    Loving Bill

    Loving Bill
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    …There has to be a language….a way through grief, a guide for the heart.   Notes and love coming through as I reach for materials that feel right.  They are...

    APRIL 2019 NEWSLETER

    APRIL 2019 NEWSLETER
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    Diane’s Spring Blog-Color Focus:  Green Opening, Popping, Emerging, Unfurling…..See how Spring in Oregon is pulling me up and forward into lighter colors in my April Blog. Diane’s Spring Stencil Sale-...

    1 Color=GREEN • 1 Stencil=SPRING LEAVES

    1 Color=GREEN   •   1 Stencil=SPRING LEAVES
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    GREEN=Opening, popping, emerging & unfurling everywhere. Spring in Oregon is pulling me up and forward into lighter colors.  At the tips of new shoots and in splendid carpets across the hillsides, it is...

    Designing a Maker Apron-

    Designing a  Maker Apron-
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    I could probably wear one of these MAKER APRON's everyday...its heaven, the perfect pocket is always right there when you need it! Note: my store offers a paper and a PDF...

    MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER

    MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER
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      New Pattern!  The MAKER APRON- Based on a vintage Japanese workman apron, the MAKER APRON is a perfect canvas for exploring fabric combinations & themes. Sporting a decadent collection...

    March Designing in the Studio-

    March Designing in the Studio-
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                                              Exploring Design in Shades of Chocolate!        ...

    FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

    FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
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                          In the Studio with Diane- Beauty in Arrangement is a gift available to all of us. February is a good...

    DIVING into BLUE

    DIVING into BLUE
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            Deepening Design:  1 Color: BLUE               1 Stencil: ORIGAMI  Designing is a verb!! …an action verb! It requires movement, action,...

    JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

    JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
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     Celebrating Creativity in 2019                            INSPIRATION IS  literally, to breath in. Each of us is pulled towards something different....

    DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

    DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    Textile Exploration & Creativity in 2019 DESIGN OUTSIDE THE LINES: 3 great locations, 5 dynamic guest teachers AND a place for you in the studio!  .....NEW retreat location, get all...

    Designing: ONE on ONE

    Designing: ONE on ONE
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    I am excited to step into 2019 with a focus on exploring our Design Eye  and ‘expanding the toolkit’ we, as makers, use. This is the Year of ONE on...

    The Ashland VEST-

    The Ashland VEST-
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    A vintage pattern with a New Look-  My Ashland Vest Pattern design, (originally part of my ReVisions Vest Collection Pattern) is now available as a download. It is a basic design that I continue...

    NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

    NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    Design Outside the Lines Retreats in 2019 Plan ahead for your memorable retreat time with like-minded creatives. My new inspirations are driving my winter design thinking: My Fall highlight was a...

    A Divine RainCoat!

    A Divine RainCoat!
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    This awsome raincoat started with the vibrant, painted fabric by a master of the  painted cloth, Miles Frode. We used using Jacquard Fabric Paints for this coat. He has created a...

    OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

    OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    Fall Designing: NEW PATTERN The Cloud COAT - Dig into your favorite winter fabrics and create a comfy Cloud Coat or Vest! I See my current ones in my new...

    The Cloud Coat

    The Cloud Coat
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    I’m excited to be into fall sewing with a new silhouette to offer you: The Cloud Coat! Here are the versions I have been making. Vest Version with Shrug- I used...

    SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

    SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    A vintage tablecloth was the inspiration for this Shirt 2.0, Combined with linen, the collage of vintage buttons are the perfect finish. More on the blog about making the 2.0...

    AUGUST 2018 NEWSLETTER

    AUGUST 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    August Design Play- 1 Pattern: 3 Necklines How about some easy, summer sewing in your favorite lightweight fabrics? ….My mind is on vacation and although my hands want to be...

    Exploring New Color Combos

    Exploring New Color Combos
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    Fall always inspires a new intensity of color in my creative palette: Deeper colors in tones and shades of the colors I love to work with.  Tones? Shades?…Tints? what’s the...

    Designing a Neckline: 3 Variations

    Designing a Neckline: 3 Variations
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    How can it be….are we into August already? With a string of high heat weeks, I just want something light and simple to wear. So I am living in a collection of River...

    New Stencils: The Text Collection-

    New Stencils: The Text Collection-
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    Designing with Text-Anything can be a design element …but text seems to have alot of universal appeal.  Our new, Text Stencil Collection, by Urban Cadence is available individually or as a collection. Here...

    JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER

    JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    Designing with TEXT - See 2 New Stencils in our collection this week! The Woodcut Letters & ArchiText, new Designs by Miles Frode, are prefect for layering, backgrounds or a...

    The URBAN Jacket-

    The URBAN Jacket-
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     Working with my new pattern: The Urban Jacket #333 I am loving the silhouette and excited about all the directions we can take this design into our wardrobes! Fabric Combos-...

    JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER

    JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    There's a new pattern in my collection, THE URBAN JACKET. I wonder what I did without them in my wardrobe. It is the perfect layering piece for any season and...

    MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER

    MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    SUMMER in the Studio Diane’s Wing ’n A Prayer linen panels are in stock for summer sewing. Ready for a new Design Experience? Infuse your spring and summer sewing with...

    New! Shirts 2.0

    New! Shirts 2.0
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    Transforming the Cacicedo Coat Pattern into another collection of great shirts has been a fun project this past month.  Shirts 2.0 requires the Cacicedo Coat Pattern to start with, and is...

    APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER

    APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    Ready to fold Spring into your Design work? Join us for Classes in my Ashland Studio-  Surface Design on Fabric-April 20th  Re-Make Clothing Design- April 21st  Fit for Design: Pattern...

    My Mom

    My Mom
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                    I've always appreciated the Swedish traditions of needle/textile arts that came down through the women in my family.  My Mom was always supportive of...

    Kintsugi as a Metaphor

    Kintsugi as a Metaphor
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    Sitting with the images of the Jan. mudslides in California (referenced in my last Journal entry), metaphor and meaning are rising to the top as Spring brings color to life. New...

    MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER

    MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER
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    We’re launching into spring design with surface design, great silhouettes and inventive construction ideas. Welcome to my new website!!! Open, clean and easier to navigate. In the coming months we...

    Making my Way: Dot to Dot

    Making my Way: Dot to Dot
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    Many of us have a love affair with dots….they surface in my design work from time to time. Now is one of those moments....................................... Some of you know La Casa...

    PICK A POCKET -

    PICK A POCKET -
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    If you joined my Sept. 30-Pocket Challenge on Instagram, and have a stash of them in your ‘Parts Dept’, you are ready to design something new! Lets dig into that...

    Growth & Joy

    Growth & Joy
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    What will bring you Joy & Growth in the New Year?  This is the question I am sitting with now. Such an expansive playground out there….waiting for us to be ready,...

    Mini-Winter-Projects

    Mini-Winter-Projects
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      In the middle of all the craziness the holidays can bring…I see mini-projects as small islands of time, just for me, in my studio. It's time to step away,...

    Color in Winter

    Color in Winter
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    These stenciled suiting pieces, pinned on dressforms, show what the finished shirt will look like- November in my Studio-  Inspired by another incredible Design Outside the Lines Retreat here in...

    The French-Fold Shrug

    The French-Fold Shrug
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      Short pieces of round elastic are zig-zagged onto the silk as surface design and a simple tie closure   New Pattern Release: The French-Fold Shrug, is an elegant shape...

    A Pocket a Day

    A Pocket a Day
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    ….A Design Exercise to jump-start your Fall Sewing=                           Diane’s  30-Day Pocket Challenge-               ...

    August is Pocket Month

    August is Pocket Month
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        I designed and published the the original version of the Just Pockets Pattern  in collaboration with my mom, Lois Ericson. We enjoyed lots of pattern projects together, and her joy and...

    Summer Play: Birds Are Everywhere

    Summer Play: Birds Are Everywhere
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      From the Jay who joins us for summer breakfasts in our gazebo...to this one above, hatched in my studio: Birds are always an inspiration.....and maybe for you too.  They...

    Print a Summer Remake

    Print a Summer Remake
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      It is a busy month and this Design Board, with a Map Theme, in my studio is inspiring projects and surface design ideas to share at up coming Design...

    A Window to Design & Color Blocking

    A Window to Design & Color Blocking
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      "Combining favorite fabrics, techniques and surface design  makes each summer sewing project a highlight experience" Diane   Designing a summer Taos Skirt- Retreats in New Mexico inspire my summer sewing. A...

    Capitola Pants #319: Now a Re-Issed Download

    Capitola Pants #319: Now a Re-Issed Download
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             Based on a great-fitting European cut, this relaxed, crop pant with several variations for an elastic waist has comfort written all over it! A multi-sized pattern,...

    Spring Fabric Designing

    Spring Fabric Designing
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    Feather Friends: A Stencil Collection We are all anxious for spring!….it's coming on that unexpected, warm breeze and the budding at the tips of bare branches- Birds are busy chatting and...

    Let's Stencil Suiting

    Let's Stencil Suiting
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    In between seasons? Want a project with a fresh spin? This might be the prefect time to explore your stash of suiting and your printing design eye.  Stenciling & Suiting...

    RED THREADS

    RED THREADS
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    I can see why red became part of the holiday season....it's that pop of color we need as the landscape dulls that just seems to sparks everything. Lets talk RED...

    The River Tunic

    The River Tunic
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    I knew when I couldn't stop making and wearing these....I had to share it with you! You can download it in my online store, or order up a hardcopy to...

    CURVES & ANGLES are in VOGUE-

    CURVES & ANGLES are in VOGUE-
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      My new article, Curves & Angles: Designing with Art Fabrics, is in the current issue of the Vogue Pattern Magazine (June/July '16).  I am intrigued and constantly exploring new,...

    Spring Color: PINK

    Spring Color: PINK
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               Diana Vreeland said "Pink is the navy blue of India!"     WHO can resist the full glory of this pink!?!?!?!? Inspiration is everywhere in Ashland…especially...

    BEAUTY

    BEAUTY
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    There are beautiful pieces that show up -usually as we least expect them...and this is one of them. Karen Miller is a Katazome artist and designer. This is her beautiful...

    Making Summer Fabric-

    Making Summer Fabric-
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    Piecing summer linens, making fabric- I am still on a shrug kick....and can't help piecing some of my smaller, summer fabric bits into a piece big enough to make another...

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