• about me

    Hi, I’m Kayte! Find out more about me here and/or send me an email at kaytet@gmail.com.

  • follow me


  • diy projects


  • archives

  • links

  • 52 Weeks of Collage: Week 2

    July 16, 2014 | 1 Comment »
    Circle Study 1 by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Circle Study 1: paper, watercolor and sewing





    Make it! For Anthropologie

    June 23, 2014 | No Comments »

    make it lantern DIY for anthropologie thisisloveforever.com
    Big self promotion alert: I have started writing DIY posts for the Anthropologie blog! This one above features five different ways to use and decorate a summer lantern. I have another DIY coming up soon. Stay tuned!





    A Collage Experiment

    May 21, 2014 | No Comments »

    From time to time, I teach classes on creativity using collage as the medium. The first exercise is always my favorite: I give each student a little bag of papers, fabrics and ephemera and they have to use some part of each piece (no cheating!) to make a 20 minute collage. It’s a great way to open your mind on days when you are feeling blocked and can’t bear to stare at a blank canvas any longer. By imposing a few rules, you can’t overthink your work, you just have to get by on intuition.
    A few days ago, I was feeling similarly blocked and I treated myself to this exercise. I had a few surprise packs left over from my class at Craftcation, and since it had been a while, I couldn’t remember exactly what was in them. So I opened one…

    collage experiment / thisisloveforever.com
    collage experiment / thisisloveforever.com  
    collage experiment / thisisloveforever.com





    I Totally Heart You

    February 15, 2014 | No Comments »

    Paper hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    Oh, I was so bad at making Christmas presents this year so I thought I would make up for it with Valentines! I’ve always been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Not the red rose, overpriced champagne dinner, diamond ringed Valentine’s Day but the handmade, pink and red, candy sweet Valentine’s Day. Plus, an added benefit: it gave me something happy to keep me busy over this very long winter. I highly recommend starting your Valentines on January 2nd. It’s a good task for dreary winter nights and a way to stave off the post-holiday doldrums for a bit longer.

    These are the Valentines I gave out this year, one with fabric hearts, the other with vintage stitched paper hearts. I really wanted to do a tutorial on these but, then, that would have ruined the surprise! I guess we’ll all have to wait till February 14th next year…

    One other thing: thanks for reading this blog. For that, I totally heart you!
    Paper hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com Paper hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com Paper hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    Fabric hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.comFabric hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    Fabric hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com
    Fabric hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com fabric hearts by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com





    Make It! Quilted Marimekko Trivets

    November 14, 2013 | No Comments »

    As I’ve mentioned probably a hundred times before, I am a huge fan of Marimekko and all designs Finnish, so I was super-excited to get an email from Erica at FinnStyle, offering me a bunch of Marimekko fabric scraps for sewing projects. I leapt at the chance; FinnStyle is an independently owned perveyor of hundreds of Marimekko prints and lots of other Finnish goodies. Oh and FinnStyle is having an amazing sale on Marimekko fabrics from November 15th-25th!

    This DIY project below is a great way to use special fabrics in small amounts, a little way to make a big impact if you will. Trivets are a perfect project for your Thanksgiving table or an awesome gift for the holidays! Since I’m using scraps, each one is slightly different, so it’s a one-of-a-kind gift!
    This is also a prime way to dip your toe into the world that is patchwork, since it doesn’t involve a lot of fancy templates or planning. I love improvisational patchwork and this is a great project to play around with this technique. Just think about the infinite possibilities!
    Here’s how to make them:

    What you need:
    One piece of fabric that measures 11″ x 11″ (or a combo of fabrics that measure this in total)
    One 11″ x 11″ square of wool felt
    One 11″ 11″ square of cotton batting
    Rotary cutter
    Cutting mat and ruler
    Iron
    Straight pins
    Sewing machine
    Thread for the machine in your desired color.

    1
    Step 1: Pick out your fabrics. Many Marimekko prints are large-scale and cutting them into smaller pieces uses the prints in different ways. It almost abstracts them!  For this trivet, I chose a large scale floral print, an abstract print and the printed selvedge of the fabric (because I am a super-nerd and love Marimekko!). The goal is for the top of the finished trivet to be 11″ x 11″  so keep that in mind for your design; I just experimented with cutting a few pieces and sewing them together with my machine.

    3

    Step 2: To patchwork the pieces together, lay the pieces you want to sew wrong sides out (that means the side you can see is the wrong side of the print) with one edge of both pieces flush together. Pin. Then sew together with a 1/4″ seam, making sure to reverse the machine a few stitches at the beginning and end of your seam (this secures the fabric together). As you can see above, I have one finished top on the right and one on the left that I am still sewing together.

    4
    Here’s a close-up of that seam!

    5
    Step 3: And here’s the back side of a top all stitched together. When you are finished, use an iron to press the seams down to one side. (some people like to press them open, so you could do that if preferred).

    2
    Step 4: Use the rotary cutter, ruler and mat to cut your top down to exactly a 11″ x 11″ square. If you don’t have some of these things, a ruler and scissors will do.  But, if you are going to do any sewing at all, I highly recommend investing in a rotary cutter, mat and quilter’s ruler. They are, in short, the bomb.

    7
    Step 5: Now you are going to lay out all the pieces you need to assemble the trivet into a sandwich! On the bottom, we have the cotton batting, followed by the wool felt, then the fabric top, facing wrong side out. You can see the layers above.

    8
    Match up these three squares and pin. Instead of pinning straight up and down the fabric, pin your pins horizontal and diagonal to the fabric, with the ends of the pin facing out. This way, if you sew over one by mistake, you won’t lose an eye due to flying pin heads! To see what I mean, see the image above.

    9
    Step 6: Now it’s time to sew! Starting in the center of one of the sides, sew around the trivet using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Stop sewing about 3″ away from the spot where you starting sewing. This opening is so you can turn your trivet right side out! Bring your sewn trivet back to your cutting mat and use the rotary cutter and a ruler to trim off excess, particularly at each corner. I cut of little triangles at each corner so the points of the trivet are much easier to turn.

    13
    Step 7: Turn that trivet right side out! If needed, use a chopstick or your finger to push out the points. To close up the opening of the trivet, pin shut, tucking the seams in. Then bring your trivet back over to the sewing machine and stitch all around the outside of the trivet, close to the edge.

    10
    Step 8: I always think it’s fun to add some decorative stitching to my work. Essentially, you are machine quilting (yay, look at you! Patchworking and quilting!). I sewed around the prints and added some lines at the seams but you can do whatever your little heart desires.

    11
    Here’s some of the stitching close-up.

    14
    Step 9: Enjoy your handiwork! Congrats on your beautifully bespoke trivets!

     





    I love Art: Kim Eichler-Messmer / Quilt Artist

    October 30, 2013 | 2 Comments »

    Kim Eichler-Messmer is a textile artist who makes beautiful quilts from her own hand-dyed fabrics.  Kim grew up in the Midwest and her landscape quilts are inspired by her scenery, particularly before or after a thunderstorm. I love the way her work is equally methodical and evocative. The math required in her quilting and in her custom dye mixtures is incredibly meticulous but the results of her process feel dreamy and organic.
    Kim also recently wrote a very cool book, Modern Color, demystifying the process of hand-dyeing fabric. You can buy it here on her Etsy shop.

    A few of her landscape quilts:
    Kim Eichler-Messmer / thisisloveforever.com Kim Eichler-Messmer / thisisloveforever.com  Kim Eichler-Messmer / thisisloveforever.com   Kim Eichler-Messmer / thisisloveforever.com
    And her geometric quilts:
    Kim Eichler-Messmer / thisisloveforever.com
    Kim Eichler-Messmer / thisisloveforever.com





    In Stitches

    October 15, 2013 | 7 Comments »

    Quilt detail / Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Quilt detail / Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    A few more snippets of some quilt pieces I am working on. Someday, these will be done. Although that’s a bit of a problem with improvisational art quilts. It’s so hard not to add just one more stitch, just one more patch. It’s a meditative process, adding, taking away, cutting and layering. I love it.





    Colorful Scenes From My Sunday

    April 14, 2013 | No Comments »

    Sunday2

    My sweet Sunday so far: lounging in bed, working on lots and lots of crafty projects (quilts! keychains! papercutting! pajaki!) and organizing my jewelry. Later, there will be kebab eating, a nice long walk and then Game of Thrones!

    Sunday1

    Sunday6

    Sunday7

    Sunday4

    Sunday11

    Sunday3

    Sunday10


    Sunday8





    Join me at Brooklyn Craft Camp!

    February 4, 2013 | No Comments »

    Brooklyn_craft_camp

    I am so excited to be a part of Brooklyn Craft Camp, a one day DIY vacation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn! Sign up for a day of camp and you get to take four 90 minute classes on everything from terrariums to crochet to paper craft, enjoy local and delicious food, hear Project Runway Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll speak, try some DIy nail art and hang with crafty sparkly people all day long!
    I will be teaching crepe paper flowers- they look pretty realistic, no?

    See you at camp!





    Ruinchi Ruiohira / Paper Artist

    February 1, 2013 | No Comments »

    B009

    B043

    B044

    These whimsical paper cut pieces by Ruinchi Ruiohira bring a smile to my bone-tired, can't-wait-for-the-weekend-to-start face.