Yearly Archives: 2009

PROJECT #6

This shawl was made from a pattern similar to the Rose Shawl pattern from page 108 of our Alabama Stitch Book. The shawl was cut in our white 100% organic cotton jersey fabric (doubled layered) and the ends of the top layer were painted with the Facets Stencil using grey airbrush paint. After drying, the ends were reverse appliquéd using the instructions from Alabama Stitch Book and the shawl constructed. After construction, selected areas of the pattern were beaded with white bugles in circular patterns. Finally, the entire scarf – yes, beads and all – was over-dyed in a color similar to our storm blue.

You can re-create this look with the following materials:

Rose Shawl pattern from Alabama Stitch Book
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Storm Blue
Facets stencil
White airbrush paint (to mix grey)
Black airbrush paint (to mix grey) 1 spool
Coats & Clark Button Craft thread
in Slate #26 1
package white bugle beads

Fabric Detail:

CHANEL DOES COUNTRY – REALLY.

Okay a small fashion moment this morning, please.  Can we just ponder for a second?

It is a moment courtesy of Garance Dore – my new heroine.

You have to seriously love a girl who writes this about herself:  

“Seriously though, there’s always this side to me that ends up utterly unorganized, that can’t get its act together to be the perfectly manicured creature of light that I would sometimes like to be.”

I have been feeling a bit like that off and on for the last month.   I dream to have a tea (or other beverage) with Garance and Scott.

I would like to interview and photograph the two of them…

I have thought so often about a post that Scott did in August called “So What Do We Think About This?”

The quote below has really stuck with me. In my constant berating of myself because extra weight that came with having Maggie at 44, I shy away from cameras and photos like most other women. Perhaps this should be reconsidered:  

“When I am shooting on the street older women and larger size women often say “no” to my request to shoot them. Actually, much more than any other category of people I shoot. I think they have a real suspicion about how the image will be used. I also think there continues to be a growing disconnect between the fashion community and “average” women in general.”

BUT back to today, nobody captured the mood of the Chanel like Garance. Please go read her post and look at her photos.

Karl Lagerfeld does country with Lily Allen singing. Really? I am not sure why this shocks me so…

Please tell me what you think.

Garance sees a time coming soon when fashion shows will be like rock concerts.

Are The Songbirds singing?

*Photo Garance Dore

SETTING THE TABLE

Partners & Spade, Manhattan

“Setting the Table,” from Maria @ Bureau of Friends:

Have you ever noticed that most of the real action at conferences takes place in the lounges and walkways outside of the Main Halls and presentation rooms? There is absolutely a place and time for sit-and-listen audiences and there’s nothing like a compelling speaker to move and enlighten us, but what might we do better to nourish real connections between people who gather around shared goals or values?

In our first few weeks together as the Bureau, we talked much about how difficult it can be to decide in which efforts we should involve ourselves, as speakers or partcipants. There are so many worthy conferences and community programs out there. We decided, that in addition to getting more strategic about how we respond to invitations, we’d proactively develop our own opportunities to engage talented and conscientious people.

Our first attempt was a collaborative event at HEATH and our next, is an up-coming conversation-in-the-round with Partners & Spade—the storefront and think tank for Andy Spade (co-founder/previous owner of Kate Spade and Jack Spade) and Anthony Sperduti (Andy’s creative partner).The evening at Partners & Spade, will build on the success of the Bureau’s experience at HEATH by continuing a forward-thinking conversation in the form of a traditional sewing circle. We are already at capacity for the Partners & Spade event, but I promise we’ll post about it later.

While these initial events revolve around a collaborative project inspired by charter members of the Bureau, Natalie Chanin (Alabama Chanin) and Cathy Bailey (HEATH Ceramics), our work at the Bureau will evolve to reflect other ideas and efforts of those who wish to deploy the hearts, minds and muscle of the Bureau.

In our media drenched, social networking maxed, Twitter-pated lives how else might we hear from and engage with others in a way that might lead to action—or at the very least, connect us to each other in more satisfying ways?

HEATH RED

From Vogue Daily:

Still under the radar, West Coast-based Heath Ceramics is a Vogue editor favorite. Imagine our delight upon discovering that their new color for fall, out today, is this divine shade of red, reminding us of the fall collections (think Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Galliano). “Even though we’re in California, the warmth of red ceramic ware in winter takes the chill off our damp, foggy afternoons,” says coowner Catherine Bailey of the new shade.

Heath is a family affair (Catherine owns the company with her husband, Robin), and when asked what they will be serving in this fabulous casserole (of which only 75 were produced), the couple suggest Maryana Vollstedt’s Brussels Sprouts and Baby Onions with Mustard recipe from The Big Book of Casseroles (Chronicle).

“Our whole family loves brussels sprouts, and the bonus is that they look great in this red dish.” Another suggestion is a Baked Couscous Pudding with Raisins from John Pawson and Annie Bell’s Living and Eating (Clarkson Potter). “The recipe is simple and the texture is a great surprise in a pudding. I find the leftovers can make a great breakfast as well,” says Catherine. It is no wonder they count Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse among their clients (they collaborated on the restaurant’s dinnerware) and, as they happily admit, they have found solace creating simple, beautiful things. What’s next? A collaboration with Alabama Chanin is in the works.

Heath Ceramics large red casserole, $195; heathceramics.com.

—Virginia Tupker

Photo: Liam Goodman

Recipes below…

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PROJECT #5

Today we launch a new section that highlights some of our favorite projects and, hopefully, provides inspiration for additional ways to use Alabama Stitch Book and our upcoming Alabama Studio Style.

It is most appropriate to launch today with a corset from our editor Melanie.

Thank you to Melanie for all that she has done to make jumbles of words, images and instructions into something of substance.

Follow the instructions below to make your own…

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