here is lines & shapes, volume seven.

i love this book. i really, really love it…

maria and i started making books last year. we met up for the first time in williamsburg, and had lunch at cafe 1980 (sadly, no longer there). maria snapped this beautiful photo of our table. when i look through my photos of 2008, my time working with maria has been some of the best times. we’re excited for what is to come in 2009 for our little publishing company.

come see more of the new book here.

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classes are held in my fort greene, brooklyn studio. email lena(at) to sign up.

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april textile stamping class
beginner level

learn to print allover patterns on tote bags, cloth napkins, fabric yardage (and more) using handmade stamps. this class is new and improved– after observing some difficulties that people have had in past classes, i’ve done some adjusting and experimenting, and am excited to offer this class again!

three 2-hour sessions
6:00pm – ­ 8:00pm
Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28
$220 +supplies

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april sewing tunic/dress workshop with cal patch
intermediate level

cal will be in town briefly and i’m so happy that she has time to teach this class! if you¹re like me, and know how to use a sewing machine, but have always been intimidated to try a pattern on your own, then this class is perfect for you. we will be using the Simplicity 3964 Built By Wendy pattern. students must arrive at class with pieces already cut out and marked, as this can take up to 2 hours and it will be otherwise impossible to finish the project in the allotted time. yummy lunch included!

see the pattern here:

one 5 hour workshop
11am ­ 4pm
sunday april 19th
$125 + supplies
there will also be a 1 hour finishing class on monday april 20th at 6pm, if needed.

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another preview of volume seven…

maria and i get together every couple of months, either in portland or brooklyn, to work on the next lines & shapes book. but we also have to send things back and forth through the mail. when maria overnighted me the 2nd proof for our latest book, she included a huge slice (one quarter actually) of her freshly baked yellow cake. if you follow 3191, you know that maria does a lot of baking without refined sugar. this cake was so perfectly sweet, a natural, more subtle sweet… it was amazing. and getting a huge piece of cake in the mail is one of the best things ever!

besides being really busy with work, i haven’t posted for a while because i can’t find my camera cord for downloading photos… it’s driving me nuts! so i had to snap a phone pic of our new volume seven of lines & shapes… which comes out on tuesday. here’s a peek!

reka tagged me to answer some questions. i hope no one minds that i didn’t answer all of them.

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What is your current obsession?
looking at kilims and other antique rugs on ebay.

Which item from your closet are you wearing most lately?
built by wendy jeans

What’s for dinner?
veggie burgers and broccoli

What was the last thing you bought?
a silk screen

What are you listening to right now?
gus pacing, waiting for a walk

Say something to the person who tagged you:
hi reka, i’m very excited about an upcoming collaboration with you!

Favorite vacation spot?
twain harte— a small town near yosemite in california

What are you reading right now?
short stories by flannery o’connor

What four words would you use to describe yourself?
a chaotically organized person– i’m going to copy reka’s answer. this describes me well too!

What is your current guilty pleasure?
the brownies josh made last night

What will be the first spring thing you do?
work in the garden

Where are you planning to travel next?
portland, maine

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And these are the rules:
Respond & rework-answer the questions on your own blog; replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention; add one more question of your own. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

I tag: