From July 27-30, I had the great joy of attending an indigo workshop hosted by the Austin School of Fiber Arts. Our instructor was Gasali Adeyemo, a master artisan in the Yoruba tradition of indigo-dyed adire cloth.
How, I wondered, could my everyday clothing serve my physical needs (protection from the perils of small children and animals), while also reminding me of the spiritual treasures hidden in this season of motherhood?
Overview Featuring dolman sleeves and a bias-tape neck facing, this simple jacket is very easy to sew. I made it in a cotton voile with beautiful drape, making it the perfect piece for light Texas layers. The tapering bias and flounce mean it should also be a serviceable cover-up to wear while nursing. I made… Continue reading Pattern Review: Simplicity 8172 (Kimono-Style Jacket)
This sweet vintage dress provided the perfect gateway into sewing as my little one grows from a baby into a toddler.
I'm always attentive to textile references and delight when I hear song lyrics using textile imagery tell a story or communicate a feeling. Lately I've been enjoying the Rain for Roots albums with my baby, and today I heard something about "the fabric of faith." Looking up the full lyrics, I discovered that the song… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: Rain for Roots
In the four years I’ve called Community First! Village home, I haven’t had much room for sewing or weaving. However, I’ve had access to abundant outdoor space, and so while my farmer-husband has handled growing our vegetables, I’ve cultivated several experimental textile crops: first cotton, and then dye plants. Two years ago, I received seeds… Continue reading Uprooting
I’ve always loved hand-me-downs. As a child, I refused to wear clothes without “stories” – either the story of how my Mama made it, or the story of the person who owned and wore it before me. Having a baby has renewed my love for hand-me-downs. Recently, some friends of my husband gave us their… Continue reading Make Do and Mend: Jogging Stroller Strap Replacement
The peace-makers quiet the winds of the world ever ready to be up and blowing; they tend and cherish the interlacing roots of the ministering grass; they spin and twist many uniting cords, and they weave many supporting bands...[but] every self-assertion, every form of self-seeking however small or poor, world-noble or grotesque, is a separating… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: George MacDonald
My spirit isn't exactly troubled these days, but it is brimful of ideas, hopes, questions, plans, and projects.
Weaving, sewing, care for the poor -- all springing from the love of Christ.