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Green Waxed Canvas Tote

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

I was lucky enough to be included in a little gift exchange with my friends this year. Gosh, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have a group of friends that like doing the same things as you. I’ve definitely missed that connection since my college days and this group of friends really makes me so happy. I hope I don’t sound like I’m bragging, but I feel super lucky.

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

So for my main item, I gifted my friend Jacey a green waxed canvas tote! It makes me so happy to make these! I used my own pattern (that you can find in the FAUNA issue of Making, grab a copy here or check your local yarn or quilt shop) and just loved every second of stitching this one up. The waxed canvas is so fun to work with (and I’ve got a new pattern coming up next weeks that uses some, I think you’re going to love it!!!!) and I love the results. I’ve been getting all my waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy, and I have to admit I’ve really stocked up on all the colors, they’re so good! I love the durability and the rugged broken-in look, plus the smell is just amazing – beeswax!

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

The lining was one I’ve hoarded for too long. It’s a chambray by Robert Kaufman which I love so much! And topped it off with some leather handles (it’s not a color I carry at the moment, but cinnamon is very similar) attached with rivets.

Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

I know this’ll be a super durable and easy to use tote for Jacey and I was so happy to make it for her. Of course I included some other fun goodies in her package, too but didn’t snap a pic of those!Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead


Pattern: Wax + Wool Tote (found in the Making: FAUNA issue,
coming as a separate PDF to my shop in the early spring)
Fabric: waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles, Robert Kaufman Cotton Dots chambray in Indigo
Leather Handles: from my shop (I have all colors back in stock now!! yay!)
Rivets: Minkus Margo


Green Waxed Canvas Tote - Noodlehead

 

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2016 was a good year

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Whew! yeah, 2016 was an interesting one for sure. It really went by in such a blur, but being able to look back at pictures proves that we had some fun times and learned a lot!

On the personal side, I’m super lucky that a yoga studio opened up just a few blocks from my house. I had done a bit of practice in the past, but the travel and time commitment always made it an obstacle I couldn’t tackle regularly. So with it being just a bike ride away, I’m happy to say that I have a great schedule going and am looking forward to more yoga in 2017. My girls joined swim team this fall and it has been amazing to watch them enjoy the sport I love so much. I was also honored to be inducted to the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Wall of Fame for swimming.

It was also a year that was filled up with self-doubt and questioning. I felt a bit crushed under the weight of having my book and fabric floating around the world, I can only describe it as having my soul out there for everyone to see. It’s kind of hard to explain, and I’m not really sure I can sum up what it was all about in it’s entirety, but I’m happy that I’m feeling so much better and now that the year has come to a close I’m very much looking forward to moving forward. I feel so fortunate that I can work on my business as much or as little as I want or am able. So I spent most of the summer limiting my business obligations and pattern writing and focusing on my family instead – for which I am so grateful.

On the business side of things I released a couple new patterns (Petal Pouch and Compass Bag) and designed and wrote a free for Robert Kaufman (Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray for Carolyn’s Euclid collection). I also shared my DIY Garment Rack tutorial and hosted a Sew Along for the Tunic in my book. I even put together a video for my Maker’s Tote. I also contributed to the first two issues of the beautiful new magazine: Making (pouch & tote).

I taught a handful of classes again, and am looking forward to a few more events this year.

Perhaps my largest and most proud undertaking this year was adding leather to my shop. It was such an adventure to educate myself and research and test to find the just the right leather. I’m so glad to have it available now in two different widths and so many lengths that I hope is really helpful when you’re looking to add something different to your project.

And as usual, there’s still much to learn and explore!

In 2016 I found myself to be grateful for my friends and support from this amazing sewing (and knitting!) community. I never could have imagined how my life would be when I started in this space in 2009 and am so thankful for all of you. Thank you for your support, comments and encouragement. I’m looking forward to see what awesome inspiration 2017 brings.

Take a trip down memory lane and check out my previous year-end posts from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.