Monday, October 29, 2012

( at home )

how awesome is julia's home?! such nice photos, julia, great work!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

( events )

  • Saturday, Dec 1st (time tba) - third get-together like this one.. bring a snack to share + a bunch of materials (could be fabric, paper, yarn, loose fiber, felt etc) to exchange.. we'll all leave with a collection of various materials from which we can make something new.. email at info (at) shopmetrode (dot) com if interested in attending
  • Wed  Nov 7th, 7pm - the first of a two-part weaving workshop at kaleidoscope vision on capitol hill... affordable intro to weaving! $90 gets you
                        - solid wood lap loom + tools (to take home)
                        - wool for your first project
                        - instruction & demonstration each of the two nights
                        - snacks, socializing & access to others interested in weaving

      sign up at kaleidoscope vision, call or email!


I was a sheep, last-minute, for halloween

Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

( repeat )

I think I have solved my years-long shoe puzzlement. Black leather Repettos only.

(boots, ballet flats, oxfords)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

two new ( at home )

I made a felted & stitched piece the other day. I thought about hanging it, but it seemed a shame not to utilize the warmth and softness of it (angora & wool.)

also, I worked with our talented woodworker pal Joel Kikuchi to create this ottoman. it incorporates this custom mat, doubling as a storage place for the mat & a soft place to land your feet. its a nice heavy maple, and we love it.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

( photo )

we made paper today, with toby's guidance & help

found - (affordable) missoni

I found this vintage wool missoni dress on etsy, from this shop. I'm pretty excited about it

Friday, October 19, 2012

weaving ( workshop )

what: intro to weaving workshop, in 2 parts

when: Wednesday Nov 7th / Wed Nov 14th, 7-10pm each night

where: Kaleidoscope Vision (1419 10th Ave, Seattle 98122)

how:  call (206.432.9689), email ( or stop by the shop to sign up .. space is limited to a dozen!

materials and lap loom are included, as well as snacks & socializing.. hope to see you there!

Monday, October 15, 2012


keep thinking about this cloth..

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

sweater (suggestion)

quick note about this sweater.. the total price is all in the yarn you pick. using commercially spun yarn is more affordable, generally, than homespun. choosing cotton or finding an affordable wool or alpaca will keep the cost down, as well.

you need about 1100 yards of bulky yarn for this sweater. bulky is pricey, relative to other weights of yarn, due to the extra fiber in it. its also sometimes harder to find; many spinners don't want to use a good amount of their fiber for a yarn that may or may not sell due to the extra cost to consumers.

check out & compare your options at stores like this one. keeping a ball or skein of yarn (usually 100 yds in length) at or under $10/ea will keep your fiber cost for the sweater/belt to about $110. there are many that cost less than this, too. its very possible to buy this sweater, fiber & all, for as low as $100, or as high as $400, depending on the yarn you pick.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

( shop ) update


these & a few other items are now in my shop.. photos by talented & helpful Kyle Johnson

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

metrode + rennes / woven & leather

don't know if you remember this mention.. but here we finally have the result; I'm very excited about it.

Julia & I worked together to create these one-of-kind pieces. I did the weaving, and she incorporated them into her beautiful, functional bags. materials involved on my end were sturdy wools, cottons, linen and silk.

four of these are available in her shop, one will be available in mine soon

( quilt is .. )

getting there