Hello, my name is Allison Ewert Twa. I live in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan, Canada) with my husband, three kids and a couple cats.
I have always loved the magic of making and idea come to life. This usually comes in the form of a thought or image in the middle of the night and then trying to wait until daylight to start working on it.
After I had kids I really started to think about what they were playing with and what sorts of toys sparked their imaginations. So I started to make my version of those things. I enjoy this challenge and can not remember the last time I was bored (oddly I recently had a dream that I was bored with was quite tiresome). They are honest with what they think of the things I make and often give me very interesting ideas. I find making things from scratch to be very satisfying. I hope that my kids will see this and know that they are capable of bringing their dreams to life if they work hard and give themselves plenty of room for error.
Also, important to me..the smell of rubber. Why I love it I have no idea. But the smell of a hot water bottle or fresh tires gives me a real sense of joy. I like nature too.
Here are a few of the tools I use in regular rotation. That broken chopstick is my perfect stuffing tool. I don’t know what i’d do without my stitch ripper. I have three. The razor is for cutting the faux fur. I find there are less fibers floating around when I cut with a razor and it looks nicer when sewn up too (no odd short cut bits). I like having teeny tiny paintbrushes because I can get finicky about details. I can’t even see that bristles on that red one!
The board of threads….and the floor I use for cutting. It’s an old painting of my delightfully wild grandmother that I painted ages ago. Sometimes I think it’s a bit weird to cut all my fabrics on her like that. And it is pretty shredded up now (a cutting mat is on my list) but it makes me think of her everyday. She was an amazing sewer and had a bright spirit like I’ve never know before.
At the end of the day I am a maker at heart. My kids like to tease me about trying to make everything. Some fails and some successes. But you’ll never know if you don’t try.
“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Custom orders are welcome. I do like a challenge and am open to your ideas.
I think that’s all for now.