Friday, February 25, 2011

Tiny Quilts

Sometimes you want to do a craft project, or learn a new skill, but it's daunting to start. Making mini versions is a nice way to get in the game. Also, miniature versions of almost anything are so pleasing. We made Snowy and Chinook's bedding out of some fabric scraps and some felted wool (the mattress is a stack of 2 books and their sheets are paper) — we'll see if we can find a better detail to post.

The purlbee is one of our favourite resources for craft ideas and inspiration. They are currently working on a series of mini quilts. Below is a detail of their February quilt. We think this is a fantastic idea, and it has inspired our post today.

The nice thing about quilting is that the quality of the hand sewing leaves a sort of fingerprint behind. All the imperfections in the sewing make it more special. Allowing the shapes to be wonky, as in crazy quilting, makes it more interesting, rather than less perfect (image is from texasquiltappraiser).

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mr. Brushshoe & Miss Broach

Mr. Brushshoe, designed by Mats Theselius for Die Imaginäre Manufaktur in 1999. It's been sitting in our post queue for a bit, waiting for the right time to pop out.

Then this morning this beautiful felt broach from catrabbit popped up on our blog feed (via bkkids) and through it we found a sweet little blog called eatdrinkchic.

These both feel like early spring and they just make you happy to see them.


We've been developing some new, simple craft projects for the spring. Here's a little preview...Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn in "Lake"; Blue Sky Cotton in "Tomato" and Manos Serena in "Boysenberry".

While we're on the subject, Spud & Chloe have some very cute free patterns on their web site. If you would like to knit a hat, or a pear, for example!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Welcome Chirp Readers!

We are delighted to announce the release of a Windy mini-story for Chirp Magazine called In the Clouds. We had a lot of fun making white pom pom clouds for this story.

For Chirp readers, we wonder what you saw in the clouds. Email us at windyandfriends {at} and tell us, or send in your drawings for our gallery. We'd love to see your cloud creatures.

If you would like to make your own pom pom cloud creatures, please see our pom pom character tutorial here and here.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter Break

We've had our hands full with some new projects and the winter holidays, but we're back! Over the next few weeks we'll have some news and projects to share.

In the meantime, we welcome the Year of the Rabbit. This is a perfect time to try out our bunny origami! More soon.