Monday, November 28, 2011

O Christmas tree, such pleasure do you bring me

This is my second Christmas in this apartment, my second time using my Canadian Tire tree, and my second time stringing popcorn. I had forgotten how long it takes! I probably spent way too much time doing this over the weekend, especially since the semester is coming to an end, but it was definitely worth it. Nothing beats stringing popcorn for garland! Nothing.

I made my rag-doll angel in the winter of 2008 at a doll making workshop with Susan Furneaux.  

I love her. so much. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tattooine Designs

For my Design class I had to develop a design based on an event that happened within in the last year. I chose the discovery of a planet with two suns! Kind of a big deal! The planet was discovered by NASA's Kepler mission and was nicknamed Tattooine after the fictional home of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, which was also a planet with two suns. You can read more about the discovery here.

SO! I developed a few designs for a neckpiece using leather, naturally dyed silk and goldwork.

Since I do not have the time to make all four of my designs, I need to chose only two....and I'm having a lot of trouble doing this!! So PLEASE let me know which design is your favourite, or even your two most favourite. I'd really appreciate it!

Here they are...I've lettered them to make it easier for voting.





Thank youuuuuuuuu :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Kit Cakes!

These sweet cupcakes are not meant for eating but for containing your sewing supplies! The top (icing) is felted and serves as a pincushion with the "sprinkles" being stick pins! The cake portion is knitted and starched. The cupcakes open up to hold needles, scissors and thimble and thread! Perfect for anyone who loves to sew!

They're made by Anna Clarke and will be for sale at CNA's Textile Student Booth at The Christmas Craft Fair. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Heart of Town T-Shirts!

Downtown St. John's will always have a place in your heart.

The maker of these awesome shirts is Miss Chelsie Coles! She loves the sights and sounds of downtown St. John's and created this design using the streets of downtown to represent an anatomical show her love! These Heart of Town T-Shirts are screen printed and hand dyed on 100% cotton American Apparel short and long sleeve tees.

These make a great gift for anyone who has a loving relationship with downtown St. John's. Think about your friends and family who are away for the holidays this year. It would be so nice to give them a piece of home :)

Chelsie will be selling these shirts at CNA's Textile Student Booth at The Christmas Craft Fair. Come check it out!!! :D

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sarah Slean @ the Majestic! December 3rd!

Anyone who knows me well, knows that Sarah Slean is one of my all-time favourite musicians!

I'll be seeing her for the FOURTH time at The Majestic on December 3rd!!! She's touring her latest album Land & Sea. Tickets for the solo show are available at!

Miss Slean was kind enough to give Billy and I tickets to the concert in exchange for postering!

Here is my poster...

and this is Billy's! 

On Friday after class we spent a few hours going around town putting up the posters.

I'll leave you with her new music video for Set it Free... :D

Nuno Felted Christmas Stockings!

Jellybean Row Stockings and White Christmas Stockings 
made by the lovely Katelyn Dobbin!

Inspired by the colourful row houses that decorate the streets of downtown St. John's, these colourful "Jellybean Row" stockings have been lovingly handcrafted using a combination of silk and merino fleece roving. They have been hand dyed with acid dye to achieve the look of the brilliant landscape for which they have been named.

She also makes miniature stockings to hang on your tree!

Katelyn has many colours to choose from, there's sure to be plenty to suit your taste.

Please come check out these uniquely beautiful Christmas stockings at CNA's Textile Student Booth at the Christmas Craft Fair!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Krista Burton Headwear

This is the official launch of Krista Burton Headwear!

I've developed a line of headpieces for this year's Christmas Craft Fair!

These headpieces are crafted using only the finest materials. The naturally dyed ribbon is hand cut from habotai silk, delicately pleated and hand-sewn into place. The base is made from felt and buckram using traditional millinery techniques and affixes to your head with a sterling silver plated stainless steel comb. Each headpiece is truly special and one-of-a-kind. :)

Here's my beautiful classmate Katelyn, modelling some of my headpieces...

This particular one is dyed with cutch, myrobalan, logwood and madder.

This one is an un-dyed bridal option!

Doesn't she make a beautiful bride?!

This one is dyed with cochineal, which is actually an insect!

and this one is dyed with cochineal, lac and logwood!

I'll be posting more as I complete them. There will be a wide selection of colours to chose from. 

So please, come visit CNA's Textile Student Booth at the Craft Fair! I'll be blogging about all the fantastic products made by my talented school buds, so keep checking back this week!

The Fair is running from November 9th - 13th at the Arts and Culture Center! It's the best selection of fine craft that our province has to offer, and a great spot to do your Christmas shopping!