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Portland, ME
USA

Made in Maine, Scandinavian-Inspired Print and Pattern, Designed and Handmade For Every Day Use in the Home. Created in late 2011, Lilleputt is the creative studio of Annika Schmidt.

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Annika Schmidt

In case you've been wondering a bit about the tile printing process... meet the heat press! Also I revised the birch tree cutting board (more contrast!) and printed some up, photos to come.

In case you've been wondering a bit about the tile printing process... meet the heat press! Also I revised the birch tree cutting board (more contrast!) and printed some up, photos to come.

my mother's hands.

Annika Schmidt

My mom and I just recently discovered (unsurprisingly, I suppose) that we have the exact same hands. The same twists and curves of our long fingers, the same nails and veins... and with that it's becoming apparent, I've also inherited the arthritis 'gene'. Anyone have tips or remedies?  So far I've got: -Wear copper (rings, bracelets) -Bee Venom -Consuming 9 Juniper-infused gin soaked yellow raisins per day

My mom and I just recently discovered (unsurprisingly, I suppose) that we have the exact same hands. The same twists and curves of our long fingers, the same nails and veins... and with that it's becoming apparent, I've also inherited the arthritis 'gene'. Anyone have tips or remedies?

So far I've got:
-Wear copper (rings, bracelets)
-Bee Venom
-Consuming 9 Juniper-infused gin soaked yellow raisins per day

Annika Schmidt

Wow, how easily we forget where we started!    Working on overhauling the website (with it’s own online shop???) when I found this flash back: rewiring the Pfaff and setting up lilleputt in the tiny little room that inspired the name.   Another photo from JClements Photography, if off duty at the time.

Wow, how easily we forget where we started!

Working on overhauling the website (with it’s own online shop???) when I found this flash back: rewiring the Pfaff and setting up lilleputt in the tiny little room that inspired the name.

Another photo from JClements Photography, if off duty at the time.

Annika Schmidt

One corner of the studio is done, in my late-spring cleaning. How did we go from 40 to 90 degrees in one week? It’s felt too early to dive into a change of season cleaning, and now all of a sudden it’s too hot to get anything done.  If only the rest of the studio looked this calm and peaceful; I’ve got my work cut out for me today.

One corner of the studio is done, in my late-spring cleaning. How did we go from 40 to 90 degrees in one week? It’s felt too early to dive into a change of season cleaning, and now all of a sudden it’s too hot to get anything done.

If only the rest of the studio looked this calm and peaceful; I’ve got my work cut out for me today.

recognize this room?

Annika Schmidt

Look familiar? Lilleputt has moved! (To the other side of the wall). Earlier this week I began with some subtle hinting: “Gosh, the evening light in the studio is so pretty… wouldn’t this make a lovely bedroom?” I never thought he’d go for it. But a couple days later my chef came to me with the suggestion that Lilleputt move to the big room. There is still plenty of unpacking to be done (ignore the clutter)…. but look at all that space!

 

It’s no longer “I can’t make everything fit”, it’s everything ALMOST fits! We even pulled the desk in to make it a shared work space; and it’s nice having company. It’s nice being able to fit company, really. I have a feeling the move will continue to be a work in progress as I tackle organizing projects, but the change feels good! 

Now all I need is a tall cutting table to replace the folding card table to make it perfect…

Annika Schmidt

Aside from the fact there is a dog in the house… things are pretty much back to normal for Apple: getting in the middle of everything. And since there is a doggie gate on the studio, Lilleputt is a bit of a safe haven, as she sprints around the apartment taunting him. I think soon they’ll be playing.

Aside from the fact there is a dog in the house… things are pretty much back to normal for Apple: getting in the middle of everything. And since there is a doggie gate on the studio, Lilleputt is a bit of a safe haven, as she sprints around the apartment taunting him. I think soon they’ll be playing.

wedding dress day 3 (extended).

Annika Schmidt

Back to my day in the studio with Julia! (And Apple; I don’t think she left that basket the whole time we were working). It took us some time to get going, remembering what we had done at our last meet over a month ago: which cut pieces included seam allowance, if the bodice would be backed as well as lined… so this time, we took notes. Jennah did not make it up to Maine this trip (so we were lacking a photographer as well), but we’re planning on doing another fitting at our next meet.

Previously on the bodice we had ruched the sheer, outer silk and stitched it down to the bodice pieces.  After redetermining what we had decided for seam allowance (and writing it down) I got to sewing the bodice pieces together. Not exactly a relaxing way to start off the morning, but we’ll have to wait till Jennah’s fitting to finalize the seams. Meanwhile Julia worked on the cotton lining for the bodice, sewing channels for the boning we will insert along the seam lines.

It was up with the mattress when we began working on the skirt. We finished both bolts of the two silks we chose, and are working with slightly less outer silk than we had hoped. To fix this we are simply ruching the outer layer separately, and somewhat less than the under layer of the skirt. Given the slippery quality too, it was difficult to establish straight edges when cutting the skirt pieces.  

After sewing french seams on both layers of the skirt, we took turns sewing basting stitches and gathering the waist. Below Julia is working on the soft, sheer outer skirt.

And roughly laying out the pieces… you start to get the idea that we might just have a dress in the end! Here the outer bodice is sewn together; next time we will be attaching the bodice to it’s lining and inserting the boning… and attaching the skirt! Hopefully we’ll all managed to end up in the same city for more than a day.

…And cat break. 

getting ahold of the reins.

Annika Schmidt

I love organizing. I keep thinking if I just get the right shelf, or drawers in here I can make better use of the space… and I think this shelf is the perfect addition. Nice shallow shelves so everything is easily viewable and accessible… However, it is also fair to say that cleaning and organizing is one of my best tools for procrastinating. Luckily the studio is in pretty good shape now, so I’ll try to put the organizing aside. On to color matching! The print company I use has completely changed their color profile. I got their new chart, and am waiting on samples back of my previous designs to see if I need to change the pantones… (from what I hear from others, I will need to update the colors so my designs don’t look faded when I print them). Luckily my designs are simple, flat colors with only 2-4 colors in each design, so I’m thinking this shouldn’t take too long.

Annika Schmidt

Sunset in the studio. Spent a late night finishing items and taking stock of my inventory for the sale this weekend. And then decided I ought to make more pillow covers! Not sure how much I’ll get done in time for tomorrow! 

Sunset in the studio. Spent a late night finishing items and taking stock of my inventory for the sale this weekend. And then decided I ought to make more pillow covers! Not sure how much I’ll get done in time for tomorrow! 

Annika Schmidt

The pretty little lady. (Took my seat). 
 I’m feeling rather accomplished: I used up the last of a bag of stuffing I’ve been dragging along with me through numerous moves…. filled a whole bunch of little colorful pin cushions.   
 …Though now I’m feeling inclined to go get some more!

The pretty little lady. (Took my seat).

I’m feeling rather accomplished: I used up the last of a bag of stuffing I’ve been dragging along with me through numerous moves…. filled a whole bunch of little colorful pin cushions.  

…Though now I’m feeling inclined to go get some more!