Category Archives: Design

Work in Progress and Scrappy How-To

Today’s post is written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole

This summer, I designed a Japanese-inspired quilt as a wedding gift for a good friend.  I chose a focal fabric with a large floral print (peonies – one of her favs) in the pinks and purples that I know she likes.  For the center panel, I selected several Japanese embroidery designs from www.em
and stitched them in colours that matched the chosen border fabric. Continue reading Work in Progress and Scrappy How-To

Working in Series

Today’s post written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole

Have you ever finished an art project and realized that you would like to investigate a different angle, use another colour combination or apply new techniques?

All of these reflections are good reasons to create a series  – a group of pieces based around one or more common elements. Continue reading Working in Series

The Joy of Jigs, Part III

In the last post in this series on jigs, I described my favorite jig – the screw advance box joint jig based on Mathias Wandel’s plan – my favorite to use, but not the one I use most often. Most woodworkers would agree that THE fundamental jig for the table saw is the crosscut sled. There are many versions and sizes of cross-cut sleds and many woodworkers have several sleds for differing purposes. Continue reading The Joy of Jigs, Part III

Drawing challenged

I am a writer, a list maker, a planner.   I am most definitely NOT a person who can draw much of anything that would be recognizable without a label.  Not entirely true, I guess because I can manage things like fruit or line drawings of fish or simplified animals.  However, I have never been able to realistic replicate anything that anyone would recognize.  I would provide an example but you wouldn’t be able to tell what it was and, frankly, it is too embarrassing. Continue reading Drawing challenged

Hacking Becksvoort

Today’s post is written by Stephen Parsons.

In the August edition of Fine Woodworking Christian Becksvoort presented an article on making a traditional Shaker laptop writing desk. His version uses dovetail joinery and features a small drawer at the side of the cabinet to house a tiny inkwell.

In spite of my propensity to blog from time to time, I don’t consider myself much of a writer, but as an erstwhile (or maybe lapsed) artist I thought this might make an interesting kind of laptop desk for a painter. Our recent trip to Italy (and especially our time on the trains) made me realize how useful such a product might be to the travelling artist. Here is my version of the laptop desk. Continue reading Hacking Becksvoort

SketchUp – From Concept to Cut List

Today’s post is written by Stephen Parsons.

If you have ever developed your own design for an artisan craft project, you have probably started out with a simple pencil/pen and paper concept drawing. You might further develop the design using ruled or graph paper to lay out accurate dimensions and perhaps generating a couple of different views (e.g. top, side, and maybe a perspective view). I still start out with a rough sketch, but as soon as the idea is pretty well established, my next drawings are developed using my new favorite design tool – SketchUp – a 3d modelling software from Trimble.
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