Tuesday, June 30, 2009

front page & the storque

2 super exciting things happened yesterday!

1. 5 o'clock crows hot pink shibori coasters were featured as a related item in a storque article on etsy. Woohoo!

2. After listing my linen tea towels, I needed to admire them in my shop one last time before I went to bed. The front page caught my eye so I lingered to take a look and actually scrolled down to the bottom see the whole thing, which I don't always do.

5 o'clock crows oxford coasters! Etsy front page from 10-11 pm cst yesterday. double yay!

I'm still dancing around the studio.


This week, 3-for-Tuesday is all about suzani. It seems like they've been popping up on my radar all over the place lately. While looking for images for this post, I discovered that they've been all here and there for a while now, so apparently I'm late to the hoopla. But they are beautiful, interesting, and functional historic textiles, so I can't resist posting about them anyway.

A little background: Suzani originated in what is now Uzbekistan, where the Silk Road connected the cultures of Europe, Turkey, China, and the Muslim world. Central Asian nomadic tribes produced many amazing textiles and suzani were no exception. They served many uses in the home and were often part of a girl's dowry.

The word "suzani" comes from the Persian word for needle or needlework, which makes sense since the patterns are created by embroidery. Chain, satin, and buttonhole stitches are most often used, along with couching stitches.

And here are my 3-for-Tuesday picks:

image from bukhara carpets

image from the textile museum

If you're interested, here are a few more resources about the history and the making of suzani.
All About Suzani
Persian Carpet Guide

Monday, June 29, 2009

linen towels on sale (finally!) and special blog reader sale

My favorite linen tea towels are finally posted in my shop. horray!!! This is very exciting!

I really love these towels, so a little celebration is in order.

I'm throwing the party and giving you the gift! Blog readers can take 10% off their order whether or not the order includes a linen tea towel. This offer is good through this Sunday, July 5, 2009 in my etsy shop.

enter "READER" in the comments section at checkout and I'll send you an adjusted invoice. Make sure you don't pay until you receive the corrected invoice.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

orange flowers

For the life of me, I can't remember the name of this plant.

But it sure is pretty. I love that hot orange. It goes so well with all the super-hot weather we've been having lately.

Friday, June 26, 2009

new linen for kitchen towels

After all sorts of upheaval, I'm finally getting back into my schedule. Yay! I was getting out of sorts from feeling like there wasn't enough time to get everything done...never a good thing.

I've sewn up my new linen into kitchen towels. I don't know what it is about the linen and the towels, but I can't get enough of them. The colors are so saturated, the linen feels so good in my hand and works so well in the kitchen...I'm smitten.

I've been working on getting photos together for next week when the towels will go on sale. The big unveil!

In the meantime, here's a peek.

bubble chain
100% linen fabric

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pantone Color Forecast

I love the Pantone color reports, but I forget about them every year. Fortunately, a few weeks ago I was reading Papercuts and stumbled across this:

Lucky me! Just the thing I needed when I needed it.

Here's a link to the whole shebang: PANTONE Fall 2009 Color Forecast

Now I need to do some dye crosses to come up with versions of a couple of colors. Warm Olive, I've got my eye on you!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

happy birthday to me!

Yesterday was my birthday. I celebrated by taking the day off from everything. It was great! There's been quite a bit going on in my life lately and I think I've done a good job of keeping everything in check but I was definitely ready for a day of nothing.

I was also ready for some surprises- like this beautiful bouquet. So pretty! And that beautiful deep orange...yum.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

portulaca and marjoram


I love the bits of pollen resting on the bottom petal- the hot orange on that hot pink... oh yes!

Freshly cut marjoram

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I discovered the wonderful ceramic work of Re Jin of Bailey Doesn't Bark a short time ago and I've gone pretend shopping at her shop several times since then. Her pieces have clean lines and a great sense of humor - a combination that I really love.

Here, in no particular order, are my top 3 favorites at Bailey Doesn't Bark

Monday, June 15, 2009




bacon + chocolate must be the 2 great tastes that taste great together. I'd never have thought of it but...now I'm drooling.

Find out all about this bit of scrumptiousness here.

(via pretty.pretty.paper)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

in the garden

I'm amazed every year when these caladiums come back.

I want to use these close up shots for some fabric design, or some encaustic work. Yum.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

nectarine silk

During the last week, I've been really trying to let go of frustration and reduce friction in my life. I decided that it would help a lot if I started making more things just because they make me happy... some "just for me" projects, if you will.

For my first project, I'm making a shibori dyed silk scarf. I've been lusting after pole-wrapped silk for a while now, so that's what I'm doing. And I've craving some orange. Perfect! I pole wrapped two scarves, mixed some orange and yellow dyes, and got down to it.

They're curing now. I can't wait until tonight when they'll be ready to unwrap.

What makes me happiest about these scarves is the color. So close to the nectarine that I love so much. Or, they look that way now. This is not necessarily how they'll look once they're done. But, even if the color is fleeting, it still makes me smile.

Better yet, I didn't make up a formula or do any dye crosses to get it. How serendipitous! I feel like I was rewarded for going with the flow- a little present just for me.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I was out of town until the middle of last week and 5 o'clock crows work has not been getting much attention since before I left. I feel like I'm walking through molasses, which is so incredibly frustrating. Hopefully this situation will be much better by the end of next week. Please cross your fingers (on only one hand) that this is what actually happens.

Onwards and upwards!

For this week's 3-for-Tuesday, I chose Florence Broadhurst because I can't get enough of her work.

Shiny Gold mylar paper base

harlequin cherry
silver scrim mylar paper base

japanese floral wallpaper
silver matt emulsion
shiny silver mylar paper base

peacock feathers fabric
black and very light charcoal
100% cotton

all images are from signature prints

Thursday, June 4, 2009

new linen patterns

I was out of town last week and now that I'm back, I'm amazed at how much I've had to do to get caught up. I'm a little surprised at myself, actually. I didn't realize how productive I've been over the last month or so until I stopped for a week and had to start up again. Go me!

I'm getting things going in the studio...I've been looking at piles of white fabric with wax on it, waiting to be dyed. Meanwhile, I have a peek at the fabric for a new set of linen kitchen towels. I finished this before I left, but didn't get a chance to post it before I left.

ring chain
wheat / light spring
100% hand dyed linen

chevron lattice
turkey red / fuschia
100% hand dyed linen

tri stripe
wheat / light spring
100% hand dyed linen

bubble chain

gold sand / white
100% hand dyed linen

I have officially fallen in love with dyeing linen. The texture of the fabric, the color depth and saturation, oh...swoon!