My sewing machine got a little dusty this winter. After I moved my sewing room to the basement last fall  I couldn't bare the underground temps for long. I gave up on sewing for the better part of the season. Knitting filled the void and I hardly missed my other hobby.

But now it's hot. That wool yarn is feeling heavy on my lap. And that cold basement is downright lovely.


We had a wedding to attend this weekend. I made four large napkins as a gift. The couple has more modern taste, so I tried my darnedest to make patchwork look mod. (Is that possible? I don't know. I hope I pulled it off.)

These were a little hard to give away. I fell in love with them somewhere along the way. Maybe the colors. Maybe the new fabric. (New fabric! I never buy new fabric.) Maybe the near-modness of them.

I made two coordinating pairs, one with a patchwork strip on a simple grey, and one with large blocks of black, grey, and orange.

At the last minute I added a gift tag, in an attempt at humor. It reads, "I made these. So you're stuck with them."

Unless of course they want to give them back. Because I'd be okay with that too.


Speaking of weddings (and therefore proposals), have you seen this yet?

Oh, my.

I've watched it three times and cried every time. Best proposal ever. This could turn an earthworm into into a hopeless romantic. I mean really. The world is a better place for this being on YouTube. That's my two cents anyway.


24 thoughts on “Sewing.

  1. KC says:

    My first thought was ” Hey she got cool japanese napkins”. Then you said you made them and I thought I could make me some of those! I would have a hard time parting with them as well. They are lovely.

  2. ZingDay says:

    great “clean” looking new buttons, love, love, love the napkins. wish I could invite you to my wedding but I’ve been married for 18 years! the card is hysterical and the video was the bomb. Awesome post!

  3. Pamela R says:

    Very modern looking. Very classy! The tag is somewhat ironic from my friend who once gave me some of the best advice about gifts that weren’t quite my thing, “keep the love, pass on the gift.” 🙂

  4. Em says:

    I saw the link to the video on fb and passed it up, and just finally watched it- and am SO glad I did! What a great way to start the day. Thank you!!!

  5. Rachel Wolf says:

    🙂 The tag almost said “I made these so feel free to give them back if you don’t love them as much as I do.” but I couldn’t handle all that stamping. Love you.

  6. Tanya Hulbert says:

    Beautiful work! I would love these as a gift. 🙂 I found your blog and am just adoring your lovely ideas and thoughts. Thank you for such inspiration!

  7. Rachel Wolf says:

    Thank you. I was hesitant to put the buttons up at first (too much?) but I love them too! Pete and I have been together for 18 years, married for 12. Every wedding I go to makes me want to do it all over again. 🙂

  8. Jenny Miller says:

    Love the napkins. What a great gift! I do alot of hand-sewing, but I’m looking forward to getting a simple machine. Definitely need to make us some napkins (my boys have a list for me!) And I’ve watched the video several times, too. I completely agree with you. Best. Proposal. Ever.

  9. Rachel Wolf says:

    I would encourage you to pick up an older, simple machine on Craigslist. (Make sure it has a zig-zag feature that isnt a separate accessory). New machines tend to be cheap and light-weight. Old machines are sold, all metal, and will last.

    Just my two-cents!

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