After much fiddling and navigating a gigantic learning curve or two, I have finally finished the pattern, instructions, and videos for Tinker’s FrogFaces Mask. (Scroll to bottom for pattern download.) The video tutorial is now available! The links to this 3-part tutorial are: FrogFaces Mask Tutorial Part 1 FrogFaces Mask Tutorial Part 2 FrogFaces Mask…

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It’s been a long time since I posted anything, busy with building the business and all. So I wanted to update the blog with something useful. Here’s a list of all the bag pattern designers I was able to find recently. As I did with Tinker’s Big List of Online Fabric Stores in Canada, you’ll also see…

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Over the coming months we’ll be spotlighting some of the wonderful teachers at Tinker TradeSpaces. Tinker TradeSpaces is excited to welcome fashion designer Amaka (Amy) Obodo to the studio classroom. She will be teaching courses that require someone with professional expertise in pattern drafting and advanced garment construction.  Her first collaborative class with our studio…

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It’s taken quite a while to feel like the studio is coming together, but today is feeling almost magical. The date I’m posting this is, after all, 1-23, a curious, interesting set of numbers.  There are many other references to 23 all by itself, everything from Discordianism to the movie 23 with Jim Carey. In numerology and…

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This is part 2 of the tutorial. Click here to go to part 1. ​Turn your tree skirt over to the right side and see if your petals line up nicely. Mine didn’t all look fantastic. (I mean, they are from the dollar store…). I admit that I am probably the only soul in my house…

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While doing some research for this blog and for my studio, I ran across some fantastic info, reams of it, in fact. It took weeks to get the Big List together, and as I searched for Canadian online fabric stores, I found more and more categories of things I wanted to save–organizational tools, expert tips and advice,…

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  UPDATED 19 July 2020 Like it or not, there are fewer and fewer fabric stores in Canadian towns and cities, so whether you have a special project in mind or you just want to keep your stash from dwindling, it’s a good idea to have one or two (or a few dozen) online fabric…

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Since this is my very first blog post here, I guess I should explain who I am and what I’m doing. My name is Dayna, and I own this brand new company…which is currently without a physical location. I’m working hard to remedy that, by the way. I am married (he’s husband 2.5…long story), and my…

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