Have you popped in to Shannon’s (luvinthemommyhood) new venture – its called versus and the premise is a pretty cool one – a virtual boxing match between knitting and sewing where readers can vote on roundups and tutorials – and hopefully inspire knitters to sew and sewists to knit. Sounds fun right? Shannon is also planning to publish an emag this month with a summary of the tutorials that have been featured so far.

There are also lots of guest blogger featured for each section that showcase a fun tutorial for the different themes – the current theme is comfy sews VS cozy knits and anneliese  from aesthetic nest shares a crochet scarf tutorial (on the side of cosy knits I am assuming). And on the side of comfy sews is disney from ruffles and stuff sharing a tutorial for a sweet reversible comfy skirt. And here is the round up for comfy sews vs cosy knits – which do you prefer?


By Natalie Chanin, author of Alabama Studio Style: More Projects, Recipes, & Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion & Living published by STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (March 1, 2010). is going on tour in blog land, and will stop in at Whipup on 26 Feb to talk about launching your own fashion line. Hope to get all the deets on the joys and pitfalls. In the meantime you can catch Natalie at her project blog and at other stops on her tour – starting off with BurdaStyle.

[Images from Alabama studio style and Alabama Chanin’s spring/summer 2010 collection]

{updated schedule}

Feb 12: Eco Chick: Fan Love
Feb 15: Eco Stiletto: Eco-Luxe Story
Feb 17: House on hill road: Projects and Palettes
Feb 24: Trueup: Sourcing Sustainability
Feb 26: Whipup (thats us) Launching Your Own Line
March 1: Purlbee: Quilts That Tell a Story
March 3 Anna Marie Horner: Design Process
March 5 Heather Ross: Sweet Home Alabama
March 9 Storque Etsy: How-to Tuesday
March 11 Sew Mama Sew: Review /Q and A
March 15 Sewn: Review /Q and A
March 17 Stylist: Modern Women’s Wear
March 19 Cathy of California: Review /Q and A
March 22: Melanie Falick: Special Post


man made

by kath_red on 08/02/2010

in People

there is a new craft blog on the scene and this one is dedicated to all the handy and crafty blokes out there. is a new crafting website that doesn’t presume its readers are female. It’s a home for men excited about crafts, art, design, home décor, and food. Men for whom “making” means more than soldering, and who proudly store their knitting needles next to their circular saws.

I am sort of loving the recycled paint tin pendant lights and they have a free downloadable poster ‘happiness is a hot glue gun’ + lots of other great stuff including tool tips, grammar help + crafty haiku.


Today I welcome Diane Gilleland on her blog tour for her new book Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give. For a treat today Diane introduces us to a master artisan of this Japanese traditional craft.

Meet a Master Kanzashi Artisan

I thought it might be fun to do something a bit different for my Kanzashi In Bloom Blog Tour stop here on Whipup. I’d like to introduce you to one of the few remaining master Kanzashi artisans in the world. Her name is Kuniko Kanawa.

Kuniko grew up in a family who were immersed in the art of Japanese Kimono. As an adult, she studied this traditional form of dress, and began making her own Kanzashi hair ornaments to complete her Kimono designs.

Kanzashi is something of a dying art in Japan – only a handful of acknowledged Kanzashi masters remain. Because Kuniko is so passionate about preserving traditional Japanese culture, she sought out one of these master artisans and convinced him to take her on as a pupil.

Today, Kuniko makes beautiful traditional Kanzashi under the name Atelier Kanawa. She creates accessories for Kimono, weddings, and dance events. She is now one of very few artisans carrying the Kanzashi tradition to new generations. And she has used the internet to help her spread the word about this beautiful art form.

Visit Kuniko’s YouTube channel to see her making Kanzashi using the traditional method. She also offers a lovely video showcasing her creations, and a series of videos about her Kimono work.

Kuniko has an Etsy shop for her creations, and you can learn more about her in this article on The Storque.

Kuniko graciously allowed me to share pictures of some of her Kanzashi in the first chapter of Kanzashi In Bloom. Her work exemplifies the delicacy and grace of the traditional form of this craft.

[Photos by Atelier Kanawa, used with permission]

[ps – to win a copy of this book please leave a comment telling your favourite traditional Japanese craft – that you have tried or are dying to try – comments open for 48 hours]

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sewn blog party

by kath_red on 13/05/2009

in People

SEWN is new and innovative online quilting and sewing community for all lovers of fabric crafts. To celebrate the launch there is a giveaway [via handmaiden]