my over 100 pattern company list…

my over 100 pattern company list…

Okay. I rounded up just the teensiest. But with these stats, I hope you’ll forgive me.

On the page are:

  • 99 indie pattern companies – their URLs, country of origin, & notes on shipping
  • 7 major international pattern company sites
  • 6 miscellaneous pattern/sewing sites
  • 1 sewing machine needle site
  • 2 international thread manufacturers’ sites

And …

  • List first posted May 28, 2013
  • Last major revision: July 2014
  • Available to download as either 8.5×11-inch or A4 PDF
  • Updates/corrections welcomed and made as received

And it’s free!

❤   ❤   ❤   ❤   ❤

weekly photo challenge: refraction


Last night I started thinking about cotton Lycra. and looked at some.

Maybe it’s time to start thinking milder instead of Arctic.

A time for leggings & tunics.

A time for linen with boots & a scrummy sweater.

Time for a change in direction of thinking?



Re*frac”tion, n. [F. réfraction.]  2. The change in the direction of ray of light, heat, or the like

Original WordPress post is here.

More here & here.

see-saw weather & sewing


Our temps have been changing almost daily: going from borderline summer to middle-of-autumn.

Don’t know how that affects your sewing, but it sure does mine.  One day I’ll get out a gorgeous linen piece, and if I don’t get it cut & sewn that day, I can’t wear it because it’s suddenly 30 degrees colder!

There are 2 piles on my cutting table, and you can guess what they consist of. Uh-huh! Summer fabric, and fall fabric.

That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!

the green flannel is solid green - look at the thread for the colour! here's the red, which i hope looks okay for non-holiday wear!

the green flannel is solid green – look at the thread for the colour!
here’s the red, which i hope looks okay for non-holiday wear!

weekend voyage of re-discovery

gifts from Samantha

gifted red hearts from Samantha
black beads from stash
new bracelet!

Columbus Day is celebrated in a number of different ways in several countries, according to Wikipedia.  Even within the United States, there are states and/or cities that have chosen to celebrate other traditions.

Designated a legal holiday in the U.S., many libraries and other county/state facilities remain open. But many governments, do observe the date in some manner.

Traditionally observed on October 12, it has changed to the second Monday in October. There’s been controversy surrounding it; however, the Wiki article explains quite a bit.

This weekend I had a meeting involving plenty of re-discovery. Once home, the urge didn’t leave. Enter beads gifted by Samantha, and remembering where all my jewellery bits & bobs were stashed.

Whatever you’re doing today, wherever you are, I hope it’s happy & productive, and that the spirit of discovery remains alive in everyone’s heart.


undecided about asymmetrical black bead groupings
what do you think???

crunch week


Might not be doing much besides (other) work this week, but thought I’d take a sec and post a few piccies. Just so’s you know I’m not nixing me creative side!    :-)   (click any pic to go to slide show)

what is elegance?


Madame Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, former directrice of Paris design house Nina Ricci

From the start, this little volume has made a big impression.  First was the alphabetically listed Table of Contents, from Accessories through Zoology.

In the Foreword, after she asks the above question, she answers it by giving the specific definition:  “elegance” is from the Latin eligere, “which means ‘to select’.”  The lady thinks like I do – gotta appreciate that!

I also realized this isn’t a book to read straight through, like a novel. For me, it’s more of a reference book, to be dipped into as needed, required, or when a refreshing sip is appropriate.

Here’s a snippet ~

Jewellery, p. 88

  • “Jewellery is the only element of an ensemble whose sole purpose is elegance…”
  • “… an elegant woman… should never indulge her fancy to the point of resembling a Christmas tree”

Whilst her sense of elegance might not fit everyone’s, I’m finding it a great little volume to have on my shelf!

weekly photo challenge: sign


I’ve included several different definitions of what a sign can entail in the above photos. Do let us know if you’ve any guesses as to what-will-become-what!

Sign, n. [F. signe, L. signum... a sign, standard, banner...] That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.


Original WordPress post is here.

Other photos are here & here.

smarty pants


Can I sneak this in before The Monthly Stitch‘s September Amnesty Month ends here in the Northern Hemisphere? Gonna try!

An easy make using Butterick’s 5432, View A. Am already planning to do a knit version, as this cotton is fine, but I’d like more give for wearing whilst exercising.  Only altered the pattern a tad, with an extra seam allowance on the outside of the 2 pieces to make them extra roomy!

Happy October sewing, everyone!

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