DIY: Felt Flower & Fab Goodwill Fid

Found: Lucky day! J.Crew coat at Goodwill.

Not quite my size, so moved the buttons over. It was still missing something......

Found: Very easy, no sew pattern inside for diy felt flower! Bought the magazine.

Was tempted to buy roving and felt the fiber myself.

But who am I kidding? Instant satisfaction thanks to a stop at Purl.

Umm....just realizing now that the hot pink felt cost more than the coat. O'well!

New winter look for less than $15.

Painted Elephants + Window Shopping

I love a company with a story.

Especially stories about India, color and shopping.

Hermes ad campaigns and window displays can seriously take a girl places.

window display photos from: music trend setters blog

Book Review: Color By Kristin (or more appropriately, Forget Beige!)

The color wheel was developed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1669.

Forget gravity.

Talk about the science of color.

If you think you can't accomplish a global feel in your home by encompassing traditional needle crafts then start experimenting with modern Fair Isle.

Just like an embroidered sari or printed kanga, Fair Isle knitting can incorporate a bold mix of analogous, complementary and tertiary color combinations.

If you need some inspiration, check out embroidery and hand knitting author, Kristin Nicholas' newest book, Color by Kristin.

I love homes that feel layered. More texture! More colors! More contrast!

If you're like me and will probably never master the Fair Isle technique, look for ways to incorporate ready made and vintage pieces in your life. Felt a vintage wool sweater into a throw pillow or drape a bold throw alongside your ikat bedspread.

Go for the craziest combos possible.

Then edit..edit..edit...

Shot in her home and farm in rural Massachusetts, Kristin's book shares her unique approach to combining colors in design. She really dives into the concepts behind skilled colorists. So even if you don't knit (yet!), you'll find pages of inspiration.

SUNO Clothing: Fair Fibers + Fair Trade + Modern Pattern Mixing

Modern, genuine and respectful African-inspired clothing.

After a manipulated, messy and violent 2007 presidential elections in Kenya, screenwriter and vintage textile collector, Max Osterweis responded by developing SUNO clothing. His first collection, showcased this past spring in New York, consisted of 1000+ individually numbered, one of a kind pieces incorporating vintage Kenyan kangas created in workshops in Kenya and NYC.

The kanga is a versatile East African fabric which was originally sold as various printed patterns within a single bolt of fabric, allowing women to cut individually as kerchiefs, baby-slings or as a single garment. Similar in concept to the Indian sari, the kanga is colorful fabric that can be tied into hundreds of dress and accessory options.

Personally, I'm a little severe on Westerners who dress in excessively ethnic clothing. Women who unabashedly litter their wardrobe with salwar kameezes or unisex dashikis can quickly look like a cause-marketing campaign. If they’re under 30, they’ll appear a bit backpacker-ish. If over 30, chances are they’ll look like my creative writing teacher in high school.

But Osterweis’ concept is to repurpose the traditional kanga for the fashionable city girl while respectfully providing jobs and business opportunities for Kenyans. These pleated, textured and outspoken pieces are tres global chic without appearing like you’ve just returned from a drum circle.

India: The Place That Launched A Thousand Ships

"There is a fullness of all things, even of sleep and love."
Homer, The Illiad

I love. Love. This.... that the Taj Mahal is so dreamily portrayed in these photos by Geoff Barrenger for 
Ports 1961. Ethereal and divine. Part Vedas, part Homer.

Images via: Dust Jacket Attic blog