Thursday, January 21, 2010

Working on a new Tilda project

You would think that after a two dozen Tilda hats this past Christmas, I wouldn't be so fond of working through the book. And, yet, I am. I am becoming quite fond of these projects. I have even pre-ordered the new book, due out at the end of February.
Sadly, I can't find any Canadian source for the fabrics, but I am finding reasonable facsimiles in my local quilting store's remnant bin.
What is it about the bits and pieces no one else wanted to use? Why do I love them so? I just received a bag of old wooden sewing spools, some with lovely threads attached. Again, what bliss! Why did they ever go to those ugly plastic spools?
Well, I am off to press and cut out a Tilda jewellery mannequin. I will post a photo when I am finished.
In the meantime, here is some eye candy from Ireland. I found a lovely blog of someone who is equally fond of Tilda projects:

I love the photos.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Tilda is a lot of fun!

In October, my friends Suddenly and Amanda were puzzling over a project in Suddenly's Studio of Adventure. I was not in on the tutorial, so I decided to snoop in the bookcase.
There I found Sew Pretty Homestyle Christmas. It is by Tone Finnager, and published under the Tilda brand.
I love all the projects in the book.
For Christmas this year, I made about 20 or so hats featured in the book. They are easy to sew and are a great way to use up bits of polar fleece and cottons or flannel.
I have collected three other of the Tilda books, and I have one on pre-order from Chapters. It is not due out until February of this year.
There are a few blogs out there devoted to those who love Tilda, including this one by a Finnish crafter and author who is also a devoted and talented creator of doll house miniatures.
Here is a link:

The photos are wonderful, and she has very kindly included an English translation. The crafty world is really talented and sort of small, when you think about it...
Today, my daughter and I went out for breakfast and then came home to tackle the task I like least -- undecking the halls. With her help, we were all finished by early afternoon. We had a celebratory cup of tea. She goes back to school on Sunday which makes me :-{, but we have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
I hope everyone out there has a great 2010!