Makers sewing up

February 15, 2018 by Sara Parker

February Wallpaper Download

February 01, 2018 by Sara Parker

Work In Progress

January 18, 2018 by Sara Parker

Tamarack Jacket: Fabric Inspiration

January 10, 2018 by Sara Parker
Tags: Sewing

2018 Make Nine

2018makenine

read left to right:

1. Tamarack Jacket: Grainline Studio  2. Airelle Blouse: Deer and Doe  3. Morris Blazer: Grainline Studio  4. Beatrix Top: Made by Rae  5. Kochi Kimono: Papercut Patterns  6. Lander Pant: True Bias  7. Hadley Top: Grainline Studio  8. Inari Tee: Named Clothing  9. Archer Shirt: Grainline Studio

Last month I found a new podcast to listen to while working overtime in the studio. It's called Love To Sew and it's all about sewing a handmade wardrobe with interviews and tips all related to sewing clothing. Listening to this podcast got me researching indie designers and seeing what modern patterns look like these days. (I have memories of trying to sew a McCall's skirt with my mom and aunt when I was a teenager and nothing made sense or seemed to fit right and it was just hard!)

I've always been interested in fashion and sewing clothes. I guess it goes hand in hand with printing textiles. Unfortunately, the organic cotton/hemp blend base cloth we currently use is a little too itchy for a shirt, but maybe down the line I'll get good enough to put in a lining!

Anyway, after researching designers and patterns I wanted to try, I came across Rochelle's #2018MakeNine challenge on Instagram. This is a "gentle challenge for makers" (I love gentle challenges!) and the idea is to pick nine things you'd like to make in the new year. Nine makes doesn't seem like a lot, but of course like anything, if you don't make a plan you usually don't follow through, and sewing is no different.

So! Here is my 2018MakeNine! I've really fallen in love with the lines and simplicity of Grainline Studio - there's four patterns I'd like to try. And I can't wait to have a go at the Lander pants from True Bias.

I do a lot of sewing day-to-day in our business, but it's mostly simple straight hems for our homewares line. I haven't dealt much with serging, sewing curves, or setting sleeves! The good thing is there's lots of sew-a-longs and blog tutorials to catch me when I get stuck, so I don't feel the dread of starting.

How great will it be to have a partially handmade wardrobe?! My goal is to get good at sewing the basic pieces I like to wear day-to-day, using ethically produced fabrics.

In my next posts, I'm going to choose fabrics for each of my Make Nine's and give you some ideas of where to purchase garment fabric online.

Do you have sewing plans for 2018? Did you come up with a 2018MakeNine? If so, please let me know! I'd love to follow along with you and see what you like to sew!

 

January 04, 2018 by Sara Parker

January Wallpaper Download

Cheers to another year of free wallpaper downloads! The theme for 2018 will be spreads from my watercolor journal. I decided to ditch the calendar as we're always having to keep track of this or that - why not just have a pretty wallpaper for your devices, no scheduling needed? :) My color palette for January 2018 is violet blues, apricot yellows, and sagey green. I hope you enjoy! And please share with your friends! :)

p.s. reminder that these wallpapers are for personal use only. Please no reselling, printing out, etc. thanks!

Desktop version: (To change out your desktop wallpaper, click on image below to open in pop-up window. Right-click to save the image to your computer, then switch out your wallpaper.)

free wallpaper download for January 2018 by Sara Parker

Tablet version: (To change out your wallpaper on devices, click and hold on image from your phone/tablet. Save the image to your camera roll, then switch out your wallpaper in Settings.)

free wallpaper download for January 2018 by Sara Parker

Phone version: (To change out your wallpaper on devices, click and hold on image from your phone/tablet. Save the image to your camera roll, then switch out your wallpaper in Settings.)

free wallpaper download for January 2018 by Sara Parker 

xx Sara

 

 

January 04, 2018 by Sara Parker

tis the season

This time of year I want to get out the needles, fabric, hot glue gun, colored pencils and just make something cheeky-crafty to give to my friends. But with all my sewing work, preparing for holiday markets and online sales, I usually get burnt out and can't find the time to get my craft on.

Lucky for me, I have some very creative friends. Sitting down to play and let your creativity flow is refreshing and renewing. I hope you all have a 4-year-old niece you can get crafty with over the holidays, like I do. I'm so looking forward to it!

In the meantime, here's some sweet little projects my pals have been making. I'm sharing to show off their skills AND to get you thinking about that crafty project you'll be making this season. :)

Ornaments from Meg

How sweet are these handmade ornaments from Meg? She likes to forage her garden for the many, many acorns that fall and make lovely nature inspired gifts for her lucky friends, like me. :) That peanut just makes me smile.

 

Joan's journalsJoan used fabric from our bundles to cover her daily journal. I love how she colored in the fabric, like a coloring book! This would make such a lovely gift to the journal lover on your list.

 

bertille's treeBertille made this adorable tree from some of our printed fabric. Isn't this a cool idea?

 

Are you making any fun crafty things this season? I'd love to see what you're up to! Leave a comment below or tag us on Instagram @saraparkertextiles :)

December 07, 2017 by Sara Parker

December Desktop Calendar!

This month's free download is full of sugar plums and snowflakes! I hope you like it!

Desktop version: (To change out your desktop wallpaper, click on image below to open in pop-up window. Right-click to save the image to your computer, then switch out your wallpaper.)Sugarplums and snowdrops! Free desktop calendar wallpaper for download by Sara Parker.

 

Tablet version: (To change out your wallpaper on devices, click and hold on image from your phone/tablet. Save the image to your camera roll, then switch out your wallpaper in Settings.)

Sugarplums and snowdrops! Free tablet or ipad calendar wallpaper for download by Sara Parker.

Phone version: (To change out your wallpaper on devices, click and hold on image from your phone/tablet. Save the image to your camera roll, then switch out your wallpaper in Settings.)

Sugarplums and snowdrops! Free phone calendar wallpaper for download by Sara Parker.  

 

 

 

November 30, 2017 by Sara Parker

December Print & recap of a monthly project

December Print of the Month with a red cardinal by Sara Parker

This time of year our suet feeders are full of red cardinals. I love seeing them perched in the maple tree and foraging in the dogwoods. So it wasn't too hard to decide what to draw for this month's print. :)

Red Cardinal limited edition screen print by Sara ParkerI used gold ink in this print to add a little festive flair. I was trying to catch the glimmer here.

I'm rather proud of myself for sticking to my print-of-the-month schedule. It's been fun to do a monthly, self motivated project. I'm way more confident printing flatstock now, and I'm having more fun layering colors and textures. I think I've accomplished what I wanted to with this project, which was to explore pattern, color, and design.

limited edition screen printed project by Sara Parker, print of the month

I also wanted to build a habit of making art on a daily basis. I quit my day job at the end of last year, and this project gave me a way to develop a structure and rhythm for my art practice.

a year of limited edition prints by Sara ParkerI hand-painted all my films for the project and didn't use a computer to figure out colors or separations. I liked trusting my instinct and just going with the print. :) bluebird print of the month by Sara Parker

Some prints featured more line work, while others depended on color blocks to make shapes, etc. Like the blue bird print above.

Limited edition print by Sara ParkerLimited edition print by Sara ParkerLimited edition print by Sara ParkerThanks for following along with my printy journey! I know I want to keep up a monthly project next year, but I haven't decided yet what it will be! I'll keep you posted. :)

In the meantime, most of these prints are still in stock in the shop! So head over and pick one up for yourself or a friend this holiday season. and thanks!

till soon,

Sara

November 30, 2017 by Sara Parker

Wolf Creek Pottery Sale!

Wolf Creek Pottery Sale, December 2017, Nancy Green

I always look forward to this special show that happens twice a year. Don't miss the opportunity to see some very fine ceramic work in a beautiful woodland setting with delicious food. Hosted by Nancy Green. There will be lots of new ceramic work by Jorie Berman, Juana Gnecco, Jen Graff, Rich Panico, Minsoo Yuh, and Nancy Green. Rich Panico will also have original art work and I will have textiles and letterpress cards for sale.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec 2nd and 3rd, 9am to 5pm both days

Where: 1500 Tappan Spur Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677

What: a two-day holiday sale featuring unique and high-end gifts. Refreshments served.

Hope to see you there!

Artists at the Wolf Creek Pottery Sale, Dec 2nd and 4rd 2017

 

 

 

November 27, 2017 by Sara Parker