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May 26, 2011



Crewel should be more popular - maybe we can make it make a come back!

Looking forward to Andy's silk-screening post. I have never done this but just read about a woman who does this to all her boxes before she ships out items. Such a fun idea that I want to try it too.

Heather H.

I lived in Gresham for a while (now I am a Minnesota girl) and I LOVE the Portland area. I love that you are making this list...I will for sure use it when I get to come back and visit!

Natalie VV

I half expect mythical-fairy creatures to appear in your photograph... you so often mange to capture the surreal in the beauty around you.
Thank you in advance, Andy. I don't know if I will ever get the chance to silk-screen, but I will dream on it with more confidence of the possibility after reading your post. I am crossing my fingers that it is a garage-amateur enterprise.

Amy Kortuem

I love how you two work on your projects together. And how cool is it that the manufacturer is dyeing the crewel wool JUST FOR YOU? It's like couture crewel wool!


very excited! Thanks for your loving attention to this crewel kit!


am interested to read the post on silk-screening, but did i miss the post on deep dish pizza?


Alicia, any more news from the stable? I am trying not to ask about 'little one' news but am thinking of you with that. xo


Oh I always wanted to know how to so that will be a great tutorial. Thanks.


I am so looking forward to working on my kit this summer. I am picturing myself sitting outside in the am and pm with a glass of peach iced tea.

Teresa Kasner

Dear Alicia, I was one who ordered your crewel embroidery kit and am looking forward to it, it's kind of neat to think they're dying wool just for us, isn't it? You might just start a whole new craft fad!

I took silkscreening class at Mt. Hood Community College and it was quite a learning process. I did one of Vista House and the Gorge with 4 colors, and still love it. Although it is very ... well, not high art, I guess. :-)

Have you upgraded your Hipstamatic App to the newest version?

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Erin Wilson

Silkscreen tutorial... yes, please! I've played with this a bit but have had a hard time getting consistent results. I'm thinking Andy's got consistency down!

Riot and Frolic

Dear Alicia (my hero),

I am a bad person and have linked to your site a few times from my website and did not ask you for permission first. I just saw your copyright message now and therefore apologize PROFUSELY!

I love your work (products, patterns, blog, all of it) and hope you'll forgive my slip-up.


Kate - The Garden Bell

I can't believe I just found you. Hopping around as blogger is acting up for me today. I see so many friends on your blogroll, I just don't know how I have missed you all this time. Off to have a weeie peek around you little piece of the world.


Lovely pic!
xo, Cheryl

Melana Lombardo

almost everyday your pictures cheer me up and inspire me. thanks for taking and sharing them :)


Your pictures ablbd posts are truly such a daily inspiration to me! Thank you for taking the time to write and share!! I am super excited about the silk screen tutorial, i gave always been interested in giving it a try!


Thanks Andy.

I thought that you were using the printer that silk screens - I love old school.

Am anticipating my kit, and also wondering how I can get my husband to take up silk screening :)


Looking forward to the kits--it's interesting about having to get yarn form England. British Country Living seems to have so many more ads for needlework kits etc. tahn Amercian mag's. Strange--maybe we're just more "sectorized" here. I don't silkscreen, but as always look foward to Andy's post.


Just discovered your blog - love everything! I lived in Cardiganshire and have known a lot of Clovers! Love horses, especially Welsh cobs. Now teaching and making whenever I have a moment. Lots of sun here in Winchester, Hampshire, UK too!


yay--I can't wait to get started on my project. If you need some extra hands all you have to do is ask.....


Your photos are great! Would love to know which Instagram lens and film you use.


Aaagh - silly me...just found it on the sidebar!!!


The wool is coming from England. Oh no he bitter irony.

I'm in England and I didn't order a kit because of the expensive postage to England. When the wool was here all along!



I can't wait for my crewel sampler kit. I'm so excited!


That must be a good feeling to be providing a small company with an order so large that they have to dye it special for you. Looking forward to Andy's post. He always cracks me up.

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