Posts made in November, 2012

my favourite pouches

Turquoise is a colour I love–and I was delighted to find some lovely pebbly leather remnants in this great colour. I made about a dozen pouches with various colours of zipper. These pouches are unlined but have a little pocket inside perfect for your bank card or subway pass. I carry my phone and a little cash in one of these when I am on my bike–and also throw it in a larger tote–the colour means I can always locate it. These pouches, along with some in other colours, will be available on Sunday at the show. Below is one in teal and one in a red croc, a little larger.

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a night with leonard

Last night I was at the Bell Centre in Montreal, along with 12,600 others, to see Leonard Cohen. I first attended a Cohen concert in February 1967, so this was coming full circle for me. I was a first year university student reading Cohen’s poetry and The Favourite Game and the concert was unforgettable. Here is Jack Batten’s description in Saturday Night Magazine of that concert at York University:  Then there was the concert at York University a couple of years ago, just before his first record came out. “What he did, he mesmerized the five hundred people in the hall,” Alice says. “He walked on to the stage and lit some incense and looked out in the audience and said very quietly, ‘The person here in the most pain is me.’ Then he went into a soft chant and got everybody in a nice trance. After that, he talked and read and sang for three hours and every single person worshipped him. It turned into a Leonard Cohen love-in night.” [Jack Batten, 1969].

Last night’s concert was as long and as mesmerizing–but a very different performance. Cohen is now 78 and ironically more vital in his fedora and string tie. He skipped across the stage, lowered himself regularly to his knees (and got up hands free–he must do yoga!) and made self-deprecating jokes. This was a big professional performance with incredible musicians–violin, organ, bass and multiple guitars as well as ethereal vocals. For me it was a chance to relive those essential poems and songs which have accompanied me for the last forty plus years–an intimate experience in spite of the crowd. You can read the review of the magic here.


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blue basque tote

When I was in Chartres I bought the bright stripes that you have seen in the aprons and the tote. But I also bought this lovely blue toile enduite.  This is cotton which has had a special treatment of acrylic layers to make it waterproof. I had enough fabric for two aprons and this tote.  It is 18x13x5″ lined in canvas, with a zipper closure, leather bottom and straps, a big double pocket on the outside and another double one inside, screen-printed with birdbrain graphics.  At bottom is one of the aprons, all ready for the kitchen!


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www dot in a new incarnation

I am always carrying a tote. My sketching supplies and my camera are the main reasons, but there are lots of other items I stow there. Over the past year I have distilled my tote needs–a big outside pocket, an inside pocket for my phone and a larger pocket to stash papers etc. I like a leather bottom and straps long enough to comfortably go over my shoulder. I tried this one in black denim with a bright orange lining. I am very happy with the way the www dot graphic worked in white and the denim seems strong enough to handle the wear and tear of daily use. The splash of colour inside is perfect. It is a comfortable size: w 19 x h 13 x d 4.5″ with zipper closing.

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sail bags

I have been away for a few days, but I am home now and back sewing. In the meantime, I wanted to share these great functional bags made by my son, Owen, from recycled sails. They  will be available at the December 2nd show in two sizes. They are great for throwing your wet gear into or for toting any paraphernalia around. The sail fabric and graphics–like this logo from a J-24–are very appealing.

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I am a retired educator and recovered administrator. I have always been interested in fibre, first as a weaver, now as a rug hooker and screen printer. Over the last few years I have become passionate about giving a new life to cast-off wool and leather. This is my journal where I muse about my creative life.

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