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1  CANADA / British Columbia / Re: Vancouver Fabric Stores on: May 16, 2011 12:55:30 AM
fabricland is really the only place in the city for the basic patterns. (they carry simplicity, mccalls, newlook, vogue and butterick.) unfortunately, i think the only one left in the city is on marine dr in south vancouver. (apparently they just renovated it and it's way better but, i haven't been in since before) i used to always buy mine at the textile clearance house, but it closed last year.

fabricana carries patterns as well, they're out in richmond and in coquitlam. they also have kwik sew, which always look dated, but are great basic patterns to work from. their patterns always seem pricey to me, but that's just because i'm so used to buying them on sale at fabricland!

dressew does have burda, i thought they had at least one other line as well, but i never buy patterns there. as for their attitude, i've had a few friends work there, and apparently it's not the most pleasant place to work... but yeah, the people downstairs do always seem happier!

henry and lili at spool of thread carry independent designers with funkier patterns. again, they feel pricey, but really, they're pretty comparable to the regular prices for mccalls, etcs. i love the patterns they carry, but i mostly sew clothing with knits, and their patterns are mostly wovens, since that's what they carry for fabric.

and walmart used to carry some patterns... i haven't been to the vancouver walmart, so i don't know if that one does or not.

thriftwise, VV is probably your best bet because they have the largest selection. the smaller thrifts tend to be hit and miss for patterns. the MCC on fraser at 42nd used to have a lot of patterns, and they weren't as expensive as VV, but i haven't been there in a few years.

has anyone picked up the latest issue of Threads magazine? it has a whole article on Vancouver and our (garment) fabric stores. (they don't mention quilting stores, since that's not what Threads does) i knew about all of them except the specialty outdoor stores, but i was really excited to find out about those ones!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Central Park and Yellow Linen Patchwork Pillow - Iron Craft Spring Challenge! on: May 15, 2011 05:19:20 PM
thanks! it's about 16" wide, and 10-11" tall. i like odd sized pillows!

it's definitely brightening up my sewing table right now! it doesn't suit me at all, so i'm going to use it for a giveaway. hopefully it'll brighten up it's new home just as well!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Central Park and Yellow Linen Patchwork Pillow - Iron Craft Spring Challenge! on: May 15, 2011 12:13:31 AM
i'm not sure if people are familiar with the Iron Craft challenge, but i'm totally loving it.

basically, it's two friends who facilitate weekly challenges, one for every week of the year. every thursday there's a new theme, and the next wednesday, everyone posts pictures to the flickr group to show what they were inspired to make. every couple of months they have a contest, which is what this past week was, but mostly it's just for the fun of it! i've been focusing a lot on quilting and needlework for the past year or so, and even though Iron Craft isn't quilting focused, or even fabric focused, it's awesome for inspiration.

so that's the backstory! and as i said, this past week was the Spring Contest, with the really open theme of spring. this is what i made.

id been planning this project for awhile, so Iron Craft was the perfect motivator. whats more spring-like than bright yellow linen, really?

my sister got the linen piece for me at a stitch and swap, because she knows how much i love coloured linen. i dont know the full fabric content, but its lovely. it had been torn, and therefore the edges were really wavy, and for the life of me i couldnt press them out, so i used Best Press, which is a pretty magical product! (its like starch, but better)

the yellow is the perfect shade to use with the second half of my Kate Spain Central Park charm pack (by Moda). i had some orange linen, but it wasnt really the right shade, so i was really happy when she finally remembered to give it to me.

i made up blocks, sewed them all together, and decided i hated, so i unpicked it all, snd started over. i decided to figure it out inphotoshop before i sewed anything else together!

i took some photos of the blocks, and chose the clearest one of each fabric. then i rotated them around, playing with the layout until i came up with this one. it's interesting how the prints and the geometric design that they create are prominent here, but in the actual pillow, the sashing and the cross/plus signs that it creates is most prominent. i think if id added yellow sashing around the entire piece, it might have changed that because once i stuffed the pillow, the top and bottom blocks kind of disappeared into the curve.

(the prints used are, from left to right, esplanade in sunshine, seneca in metro, trefoil in sunshine, carousel in sunshine, cherry hill in metro, and bridle path in metro)

the backing is orange kona cotton, because i freaking love konas. i put a layer of quilt batting against it, but didn't actually quilt it, i just wanted to ensure that the back was smooth after i filled the pillow with batting.

i did quilt the front though, with a fairly thin cotton batting. i havent washed the pillow yet, but i think its gonna scrunch up nicely!

i wanted the prints to be the focus (though i kinda failed with that, since i didn't takethe curve of the pillow into account), so i only quilted on the linen, around the chain created by the prints.

these arent my usual colours at all, but i really love how it turned out! im really excited about using this basic pattern for larger projects. i havent decided on a design for the Kona Charm Pack challenge that my guild is doing yet, so this might be in the running.

there's a teensy bit more info on my blog here, including my first layout and a bit of a hint... and if you'd like to check out all the awesome entries in the challenge, and vote for your favourite (voting ends 7pm EST on sunday), you can go to the Iron craft post here for more info
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: All Thumbs on: December 26, 2009 04:56:50 AM
this is awesome!

i've heard really awesome things about black sheep yarns, but i haven't made it down there yet. a friend of mine is selling crochet patterns there now, so i want to check it out even more!

once i realized you were in vancouver, i started searching the photos to try to guess where they're all taken... random rogers video, macs with a mini white spot in it, it looks like the set up at davie and bute store, but i'm sure there are others like it, stanley park for the parking ticket? random staples that all look alike (and have equally bad service!). are the rings the ones by the airport? (i'm resisting further comment on them!)
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vote for your favorite! on: October 26, 2009 12:14:52 PM
yay! thank you so much everyone!

i'm in the midst of moving and everything's crazy, and i still haven't gotten around to commenting on the other entries, but they were all so AMAZING and beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful. thank you to everyone who entered for sharing your experiences and translating them into stitches!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: the deceptive beauty of breast cancer (french knots galore!) on: October 19, 2009 03:01:49 PM
thank you so much everyone! it makes me so happy that others can see what i was getting at with it.

maremare, crochet bobbles is totally an idea! the other thing i was originally thinking, but i couldn't find 100% wool by the metre in the colour i wanted, was to get wool and tied things into it, then full it. i've seen scarves like that, and i think if you have a variety of sizes of things to tie into it, it could be really neat looking, and still have the affect of the various cell shapes. the scarves use marbles, i think, which would be too uniform for this.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: sticks and stones on: October 19, 2009 02:53:02 PM
thank you so much everyone. not just for your words of appreciation for the piece, but for the emotions and experiences you've shared as well. craftster definitely need a hug application!

lisalady, i'm sorry i made you cry, but i'm glad it moved something in you.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 3 New Political Opinion Embroidery Pieces! (healthcare, zines and ignorance) on: October 19, 2009 02:49:30 PM
kjlutz, i know, that's totally not what i expected either!  Grin

minouette, i know, i know. and i love the islands (even if i can't afford to go there any more, damn ferry prices! Roll Eyes)
but yeah, i was trying to do it really simple and stylized. i was thinking about it and i remember that the east coast did seem kinda off to me when i was stitching it, but i thought it was just because i was missing half the maritime provinces!

thanks for all the compliments everyone! i originally altered the typewriter photo to do a much large embroidery of it, but for one, emilyflew sent me an AMAZING embroidered typewriter, and two, i haven't gotten around to it yet! the detail makes me happy too.

and for those that are in awe of the french knots, i will admit that they were rather tiring to do. i actually alternated with them, doing a length of floss of the knots, then a length of floss on one of the other words, then a floss of knots, etc. i got bored after the first few lengths, so i had to switch it up.

that being said, i still love french knots! i used a ton of them on my breast cancer piece as well.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: the deceptive beauty of breast cancer (french knots galore!) on: October 19, 2009 09:14:13 AM
thank you everyone!

dancedupapillon, i had the same thought when i started it, but now that i've finished it, i'm not sure i'm willing to let it go! i think i'd have to make another instead!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 3 New Political Opinion Embroidery Pieces! (healthcare, zines and ignorance) on: October 19, 2009 09:12:24 AM
thank you so much everyone!

first, i feel stupid about newfoundland, i KNEW that. would you believe that in grade 9 i was one of only 2 kids in my entire class who could correctly name all the provinces/territories and their capitols? (what was worse, the other kid had only moved to canada 2 months before!) i went back and looked at the image i used, and i think they'd drawn it super close together, and when i blew it up bigger, what had been two lines side by side became an actual piece without me noticing it. whoops! thanks for pointing that out!

as for alaska, i know, i'm sorry! i also left out about half of nunavut, so don't take it personally! Grin not to mention hawaii, or the islands off bc's coast, or the inaccuracies along the border, with the great lakes left out..... i just wanted the very basic shapes, easily recognizable.

i posted these pieces on my blog and on flickr earlier than i posted them here, and it's been really interesting considering the nationalities of the people who've commented on the healthcare piece.
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