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Vietnamese Dress

Vietnam has 54 ethnic groups and a correspondingly rich assortment of traditional dress. I wanted to share a small selection of different traditional women’s dress from across Vietnam for I have found the amazing assortment of color, shape, and construction to be a true inspiration. I hope you find them inspiring as well! Cotton is […]

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Sew It All TV

Wow. One week ago I filmed an episode of Sew It All TV, a PBS sewing TV show. I remember reading all about Morgan and Matt (of Thread Theory)’s giant road trip that they did from Vancouver, BC to Denver, CO and back so that they could film an episode of Sew It All TV […]

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The Last Wool Mill in New Zealand

In a nondescript town (called Milton) on a quiet highway, we found the last wool mill in the south island of New Zealand. The brick buildings line the road and, were it not for the modern cars, I could almost imagine I was in Dickensian London. The Bruce Woolen Mill was built in 1897 and […]

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Sop Jam Weaving Village, Laos

Sop Jam is a small village in northern Laos. On the bank of the Nam Ou river and surrounded by limestone cliffs, the scenery couldn’t be more beautiful. Of course the only thing that could make such a setting even better in my eyes is textiles and that you will find aplenty in Sop Jam. […]

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Thirty, Flirty and Thriving!

I’m pretty stoked to say that today I am 30 years old! Yes, the big 3-0. And I am so very happy to be turning 30. I think that a lot of your 20’s is about finding yourself. And I’ve done a lot of soul searching over the last decade, and I’ve done a lot […]

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Hmong Hemp and Indigo Textile Art

The Hmong are an ethnic group from China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. Before our travels to SE Asia, the Hmong were one of the few SE Asian ethnic groups with which I was already familiar as there are many Hmong refugees in the United States (and other western countries like France and Germany). The Hmong were recruited […]

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Natural Dying and Weaving Silk in Luang Prabang, Laos

Laos is a country with a rich textile heritage. With almost 50 main ethnicities and over 150 ethnic groups, there are many different traditional styles of weaving and methods of textile production. Ock Pop Tok is an organization based in Luang Prabang, Laos, that is working to empower women through their traditional skills and to […]

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slow boat up the Nam Ou river

My Week in Pictures

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Silk Weaving in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Although Siem Reap, Cambodia, is almost exclusively known for Angkor Wat temples, there is certainly plenty else worth exploring. Since I’m a textile junky, we toured a silk factory outside Siem Reap. The factory was built as a part of project aimed at “providing professional skills for communities with limited educational opportunities” as well as […]

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Fabric Shopping in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

We only had a few days in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, (our other time in Indonesia was spent sitting on a beach in the middle of nowhere on Lombok) but of course I had to buy some Indonesian fabric. We got dropped off in the heart of Ubud at the palace and ambled our way down […]

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Fabric Shopping in Chiang Mai: My Haul

Hopefully you enjoyed reading about my experience fabric shopping in Chiang Mai. I’m sure what you really care about is my spoils, so here they are! I started my Chiang Mai fabric shopping with something shiny and pink (not a big surprise to anyone, I’m sure). It was stacked outside the store with many other […]

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Fabric Shopping in Chiang Mai: The Experience

I can’t actually describe my fabric shopping trip in Chiang Mai without first raving about my new friend Gaye of Notionally Better. She drove into Chiang Mai from nearby Lampang to spend the day taking me shopping. I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that two sewists could instantly become friends, because […]

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Four Months in SE Asia

Coming up soon, Adam and I are taking a four month honeymoon. I am so excited (and a little bit terrified, not only because I will be 4 months without a sewing machine!). I’ve been dreaming about such a trip for a very long time, and as I struggled through the end of graduate school, […]

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Tiny Santa Barbara Courthouse Wedding

I’m terrible at keeping secrets. Actually, I can keep other people’s secrets without a problem. I can’t keep any of my own, so I’m going to have to spill the beans. Adam and I popped down to Santa Barbara last week and got married! We tied the knot in front of the fountain at the […]

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My Summer Sewing Space

It may not look like much, but this quirky little sewing space already feels like home to me. We’ve been in our summer cottage for a week now and it’s starting to settle into a routine. Adam is off on a business trip, I’m home sewing for the wedding. It’s taken a bit longer to […]

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Rest in Peace Mr. T

The best cat ever passed this week – Tall, Dark, and Handsome a.k.a. Mr. T. Also known as snugglepants and muffins, he was my constant and faithful companion for almost 10 years, since I rescued him and his sister Adelaide from a shelter when I was in college. Mr. T always wanted to cuddle and […]

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More Glasses Fails

I appreciate all the feedback you awesome folks gave on my last round of glasses (in which I desperately search for the perfect glasses to wear to my wedding). Although your votes were pretty dead even between the first and second pairs, I was getting pretty convinced that the second pair (the cat-eyes with gold […]

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Help Me Pick Glasses?

I need a little help from my friends. That means you guys! Obviously, I wear glasses. And, if you haven’t noticed, I like to match my glasses to my outfit. I have many pairs in different colors. What I don’t have, is the perfect pair of glasses to wear at my wedding. I’ll be wearing […]

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The Fantastical Metal Beasts of Ricardo Breceda

In the desert, near a small town, nestled up next to vast tracts of a state park, there are creatures. Giant metal creatures spattered across the desert land. Some are extinct. Some are fantastical. Some are exotic. All are awe inspiring. These sculptures are the product of Ricardo Breceda. He started sculpting with a large […]

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Why I Just Bought a Pink Wedding Dress

and cry every time I listen to Katy Perry’s song “Roar”: I use to be even more bold, even more outrageous, even more flamboyant. I used to delight in always wearing  ridiculous dresses completely unsuited for the occasion – camping in space princess dresses and hiking in ballgowns made from parachutes. I loved being the […]

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Sewing Summit 2013

Sewing Summit 2013 I miss you already! I’m still riding on a high from how wonderful the weekend was, how informative the classes, how delightful the other attendees. I stayed up until 1am sewing on brand new Bernina sewing machines (two nights in a row! I may or may not have had to call my […]

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Living Old Mission Santa Barbara

A couple of weekends ago I went down to Santa Barbara. I had an inspiring tour through an inspiring place with two very inspiring women. My mom, Adam’s mom, and I toured the museum and gardens of the Santa Barbara Mission. It was built in 1786 but is still a site of education, reflection, and […]

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Christmas Camel

I got to see a Christmas Camel today!!! A local Seattle nursery, Swanson’s, brings in reindeer and a camel every year for Christmas.

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Handmade Souvenirs from Baja

When we travel, I like to come home with a souvenir or two that was handmade in the place we just visited. I brought home three things from our trip to Baja last week.

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Our Trip to Los Barriles over Thanksgiving

Adam and I spent our Thanksgiving this year in Los Barriles, South Baja, Mexico. We hosted Thanksgiving dinner for our families last year. This year, we decided that our priorities for the holiday were low stress and time together. So we escaped to Mexico!

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Handmade Czech Easter Eggs

Adam travels a lot for work. He just got back from Prague and brought me the most lovely handmade Czech Easter eggs as a souvenir. He bought them at a store called Manufaktura, that says “We established our company with the aim to preserve and present Czech and Moravian craft which is in danger of disappearing […]

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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Last week I was sent to the east coast to visit collaborators for work.  I decided I would fly out a day early so that I could visit friends in New York. While there, I spent hours wandering through the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with a friend. The Japanese garden was lovely and tranquil. I enjoyed […]

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Handmade Alaska Souvenirs

While in Homer, Alaska, last week, I bought myself a couple of souvenirs handmade by local artists. The bracelet is carved from birch. It was made by artist George Overpeck. He spends his summers commercial fishing in Bristol Bay and kitesurfing on Kachemak Bay. His winters are occupied with woodturning in Homer. Most of his […]

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A Trip to Alaska

I spent last week in Alaska on family vacation. My brother has lived in Anchorage for 7 years and this is the first time I’ve been up here to visit. I’m sorry that it has taken me so long because it’s absolutely beautiful, even though the weather has been pretty darn crummy. We went for […]

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Things I Love About Portland: Coffee Culture and Good Beer

Things I love about Portland, Part III. Coffee Culture In Portland, coffee is plentiful. And it’s good coffee.  Readily found on almost every corner, the ubiquitous coffee shop not only proffers delightful drinks, it offers a comfortable space to hang out with your laptop. Unlike San Francisco, where you’re glared at for sitting around too […]

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