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those of you who follow me on twitter might have seen this chewbacca cuddly toy i made for a gift. you were all so desperate to get your hands on one that i felt obliged to share the pattern i made up.

so go forth and sew! please let me know of any issues with the pattern – its my first try so be gentle.



this chewie is about 50cm tall and made of durable pinwale corduroy, guaranteed to last for at least twelve parsecs. Wait a minute … a parsec is a unit of distance, not time! you lied to me, lucas! lied to me!



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the log is yuled! the halls are decked! and the winter wonderland… is in the other hemisphere. but one thing is for certain is is definitely beginning to look a lot like christmas ’round here. want to see what i mean?


the wreath is up! i made this a couple of years ago after being dismayed at the boooooring wreaths in the shops. a lot of glitter, some synthethic leaves and some evenings in front of the tv with the hot glue gun and i have exactly what i wanted. satisfying!


here is a close-up of the pears and birdie. the pears were made from a styrofoam bell spliced with a sphere (er, you can see the seam!). its a franken-pear!


i made some fabric bunting this year. its not as fancy as some people’s but i didn’t have bias tape so i used some string. maybe a little rustic, but thrifty!


the pudding was made a few weeks ago, and its been maturing in the fridge since then. pictured above is the boozed up fruit, stewing away!


isn’t it a cute pudding?! almost too cute to eat. ha! who am i kidding?!


here are some gift tags i designed and printed using moo. they’re the perfect size for tags and as with the wreath, its sooo satisfying having exactly what you want! tied up with some red and white bakers twine and they look rather cute.


ah! the presents! all wrapped and ready to be torn apart in a frenzy of excitement. also pictured above are some of the gift tags in action.


and do you know pippilotta delicatessa windowshade mackrelmint ephraim’s daughter longstocking? my son has enjoyed hearing the pippi longstocking stories multiple times this year, so i thought he might appreciate his mummy making him a pippi playmate of his very own.


what do you think? cheeky enough to do justice to pippi longstocking herself? she was so much fun to make.

this is my last post for 2009. i wish you all a beautiful and safe christmas and a brilliant, sparkly, new years eve.

thank you for reading draw! pilgrim, its been a tough, long year, but 2010 promises to be bigger, happier, and at least a bit more exciting in january when we’re off on our californian adventure! i really appreciate your comments and support and i can’t wait to share some exciting news come the end of january.

posting resumes january 11th, live! from the USA



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second installment of pilgrim’s palette and its not even a color! but why choose one color when you can have them all? so here is my salute to patchwork. patchwork appeals to me for so many reasons, yet it’s one of the few crafts i dare not try. i know my lack of patience and less-than perfect sewing skills will compromise my end result so i don’t even start. but the concept of patchwork is enough of an inspiration to me and so my fabric stash lives to spend another day alone in the cupboard, but my artwork is quickly becoming something a pioneer woman might be proud of. you’ll have to wait and see what i mean, but for today, lets enjoy some traditional patchwork.


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from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts


as one of my beloved ‘golden hands’ books says, “patchwork is a truly sentimental craft which has always been connected with sharing and neighbourliness… the fabric of patchwork will often conjure up a score of memories – a scrap of the first dress you ever sewed, a piece of the blouse that never looked right with anything – reminders of friends and family.” don’t you love that image above this paragraph? the warm golden light in that picture makes me ache for childhood camping trips. obviously, i’m a big sucker for nostalgia, but i also love the haphazardness of patchwork. i strongly believe in the adage that “if a little is good, then a lot must be better” especially where pattern is involved. gingham and floral? yes please! stripes and spots? you better believe it!


patchwork bag

from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts



and have a look at the textures in this bag: cotton, corduroy and i think some velvet. even though i prefer my patchwork more colorful, i rather like the washed out charm of this bag. i think it could be holly hobbie’s overnight bag, don’t you think?


patchwork blanket

from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts


i really like this blanket. the combination of the wholesome gingham and the far out florals and paisley really does it for me. having said that, my favorite patchwork is hexagonal. i can’t explain it, i guess i’m drawn to the slightly more unusual shape. of course the fact that hexagonal patchwork is just that bit more complex than square patchwork is another reason why me + sewing a patchwork blanket will never = friends. but as long as the hexagonal shape tool in adobe illustrator exists, at least some of my patchwork lust will be sated!





My kitchen


despite my best intentions, i’m not a naturally tidy person. and, as i transcribed from my calligraphy book numerous times when i was nine years old, “creative minds are rarely tidy” (that was about all i learned from the calligraphy book before it got lost in the maelstrom of my bedroom!). i’m not sure wether i am burdened by that adage or try to live up to it but one thing i am getting good at is creatively hiding my untidiness!

exhibit a: the kitchen bench/storage shelves. just your average ikea item, but a scene of stacked platters and unsightly appliances! this wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t also get dusty and covered in the drifts of coffee grinds that seem to settle on everything in the vicinity of the espresso machine.

solution: whip up some cute curtains out of those orla kiely tea-towels i was too scared to let touch a wet dish! (but not too scared to cut up… go figure?!)

i used three tea towels (2 blue and one patterned one – halved and sewn to each of the blue), and some curtain cord (the kind that is plastic coated and you can screw metal ‘eyes’ into, with matching size hooks). it was a very quick job and the sewing was probably the longest part.

i’m very happy with the result, and as you can see in the picture above, they blend in very nicely to my little blue kitchen!


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