9.17.2008

introducing the Sugar Loom



I love a good, slow project that I can steadily work on in the evenings after all the daytime chaos has settled down. There is nothing better than finding a rhythm with such a thing - stitch, stitch, stitch - my mind unwinds and works out problems, and a different part of my brain engages choosing colors with thread and fabric.

Thus we bring you Sugar Looms, our new love. This one is mine, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Melissa will show hers to us on Friday (I've seen it already - it's so gorgeous!). The fabric I used comes from scraps of old dresses that the five-year old has worn over the past four years. Right now she loves this picture because she likes the magic of princesses running through the woods at night (me too). One day, hopefully, she will have this for her children and love it because it holds little pieces of her past.

(we'll be selling kits for these, with the pattern, frames, etc. starting perhaps next week. who needs a project for fall nights?)

47 comments:

Em said...

i can't wait. since i have little creative skills, all i need is a fabulous pattern to follow to make my house look great. thanks!

Stacy said...

I love it! Maybe there will be something for the princes...?

hdayton said...

Wow! I really love this. This must make her feel so special and really part of the "story".

Amy said...

Lynne... That is SO COOL.

Lourdes said...

fantastic idea! Count me in!!!!

lynne said...

Stacy - yes, totally we are working on a couple for those boys. ...!

The Hammonds said...

Love it. Reminds me of the illustrations from Princess and the Pea. Set a kit aside for me--cause, if history is any lesson, it will sell out in about 2 minutes.

dana said...

wow! it's beautiful...i will be adding this to my fall project list.

Astrid said...

Now this is weird - I just started "Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses" on the dvd (quite a different interpretation, I know) - like 5 minutes ago. My 4-year old is watching it now... :) It's beautiful - I wish I knew how to handsew, but that'll be in the future some time...

natalie said...

I am so beyond impressed... just received the wonderful servant dress pattern in the mail, and now this needs to go on my "winter night project" list too! Such beautiful things. I love your creativity!

Joelle said...

What a gorgeous piece of art and a beautiful idea. I've been itching to get out my embroidery thread...

Marie' said...

I have been a big fan of your creations. Wow.
What fabric do you use for the shirt in the picture?

Ballee said...

Great work, and I recognize the thing about rythm and unwinding thoughts. Love those hours!
Groeten uit Rotterdam,
Puk

Kari said...

Wow Lynne! This is really wonderful. Love the movement of those princesses.

sally said...

That is really beautiful. What a fun idea too.

Cheryl said...

What L is 7? I remember just last month with Maya went to her 5th birthday party...LOL!

Lucky said...

love it.

sew nancy said...

really sweet, i would love to make one of these

i am dying to know the paint color you use on the wall and is it the same as melissa's daughter's?
thanks

misadventuresofkellyandkelly said...

Do you need to know how to sew to do this? I'm inspired to learn, it's gorgeous!

prettypennydesigns said...

so cute...could you use fusible interfacing? I love making new things from my daughter's old clothes.

lynne said...

Yes, it is VERY simple to make - and I used fusible interfacing to affix all of the dresses on. Perfect for a beginning sewer/crafter.

Joslyn said...

lynne...this is gorgeous. i think i could make this! i'm totally inspired.

melissa said...

Oh, it's so dreamy. Any little girl would be enchanted by it, I'm sure!

Heather said...

Please give us a heads-up about when exactly these will go online, so that I can be a-waiting at my computer!

Liesl said...

Oh, count me in, please! It reminds me of one of my favorite artists, Amy Cutler, whose gallerist totally snubbed me.

Daria said...

Oh it's so enchanting!

jojo-caramel said...

I like your Twelve Dancing Princesses very much ! I can't wait to discover Melissa's work !

Jen said...

Hey, the pic turned out great. You should show a close-up of the threaded hats, they are amazing!!!

Myshell said...

How cool is that?!

Tammy said...

Too cute!!!!

Jen said...

It's incredible!

Sabina said...

Oh I love this -- so cool!!

Heather said...

Oh I'd love one of those!

katie said...

so charming and lovely!

Audrey said...

I love it! The twelve dancing princesses was my favorite fairy tale. If only someday I have a little girl to spend my time on!

Beata said...

Lovely - 'love the contrast of the print dresses on the charcoal backgound...so pretty!

Krista said...

Aughhh!!! I love love love this.

Stephanie said...

Maybe include a few ready-mades for the sewing-inept...like myself?!

These are GORGEOUS. I'm ready to deck out my new playroom with these...seriously.

The Juzzard said...

I've always loved that fairy tale. You've really captured the magic of that story. Well done, amazing work.

molly said...

I just found this project tonight on courtney's blog and it is KILLING me! will you be putting together more kits for sale? soon? please??? I'd love to know!
thanks!

blair said...

I just checked your shop and these are all gone now. Any chance you'll be adding more? They are so lovely!

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