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Beating The Heat With A Gift of Fabric !

By the time I finished sewing, the light was quickly fading. I had bright sunlight in one direction and shadows in the other. The colors are a bit richer in "real light". One of my friends, Gail, has a son, Stephen, who lives a creative life in Thailand. He sells a selection of yoga-type pants and leather goods through ETSY. A year or so ago I asked Gail if her son would ever consider selling some fabric. I like wearing simple long tunics and my favorite fabrics tend to be cottons and rayons. Two weeks ago at our weekly quilting get together another friend, Barb, said that she had a surprise for me. Low and behold my casual comment resulted in my receiving a package of three lovely fabrics...2 yards each. I had wanted to make two new patterns, but they required more cloth than I had available - so I chose to make a somewhat adjusted version of my very favorite, TNT (tried'n'true) simple pattern (Dress No.2 from 100 Acts of Sewing). Fabric limitations required that I …
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In Praise Of Pointy Tools

A friend asked me about stuffing tools for raised appliqué the other day. My immediate reaction was to mention "That Purple Thang" that I imagine most of us have bought at one time or another. As I was turning the tiny points on his little small scissor holder today I realized that I had not thought to mention my all-time favorite tools to her. Big mistake....so, Eliza, if you are reading this...here are my favorite pointy tools. One has been used for many purposes since time immortal I imagine and one is relatively new to the market and I really like it very much.On the right is an almost 8 inch porcupine quill. They won over my heart when I discovered them. They are natural, sturdy and offer two points on each quill. One very,very pointy and sharp and one that is more rounded. They are available in many different lengths and can be thick or thin. I prefer thick quills between 7-9 inches and I buy mine from an ETSY vendor. In the left is a new favorite that was originally …

Adding A Bit Of 'Dazzle' To My Day

My friends are beginning to tease me just a bit about my thread obsession. I've always had it, but with all of the hand work I have been doing lately I am finding new ways to use some of the amazing new threads that have recently come to market. These little dazzlers are Sue Spargo's line of 8w "Dazzle" threads by Wonderfil Threads. 'Dazzle' is a rayon thread plied with two thin strands of holographic thread. The result is a thread that adds a subtle sparkle that is not overwhelmingly sparkly. A 12wt version of Dazzle is also available through Wonderfil, I might have preferred that thread size, but it is only available in larger spools - so I opted for the 8wt on the smaller, 50 yard, spools. When I need a thinner thread I have successful "un-plied" the thread as needed to suit my needs. It works well enough. The "Dazzle" colors are rich and vibrant and the thread is surprisingly strong . Rayon threads have never been a personal favorite. I…

Thread Matters and Easter Joy

My enchantmnt with embroidery continues unabated. Who knew?! I recently finished this 14" square; my interpretation of a pattern from Kathy Schmitz' book "Stitches From The Garden". She has another new book coming out soon called "Stitches For The Yuletide". I like her books because the designs can so easily be made your own. I have been working on some original designs (my own) lately and am looking forward to trying one of them soon. For quite a few years now I have been a fan of Wonderfil threads. My delight began innocently enough when I tried their luscious cotton thread called Konfetti. It's a 50 wt and is comparable to Superior Threads Masterpiece 50 wt cotton and Aurifil 50wt cotton, Konfetti has a lustrous, silky feel. For the record, I am also a fan of Masterpiece and Aurifil threads, but Wonderfil has developed some really unique thread lines and I cannot help jumping on their fan-wagon. I think that they have a unique line up of threads w…

Sometimes Doing Nothing Is Productive

A bag of soon-to-be-divested fabric and books I have not produced much lately, partially because my small sewing area is just too messy and chaotic right now. I have always preferred tidy, but in the past I have been able to work amidst clutter and fabric piles. The older I become, though, the more my "clutter-piles" bother me. Although I cannot control anyone else's clutter (i.e. DH), I can try to control my own! I feel strangled by "stuff" and so it is time for ...... ...... another round of serious "clear-the-clutter". I am bagging fabric and books that need new homes and I am trying to be a bit more ruthless than I have been in past. My tastes have morphed, and I think that I have identified the new directions that I want to explore. The photo above is a nearly filled bag, with another 3-4 bags in the works, of things that will soon be re-homed. I enjoy taking my "no-longer-needed" things to our monthly guild "Sewcials". We gene…

Lowland Snow 2018

For most people snow is just a big nuisance and I understand that. It IS a nuisance, especially if you have to navigate on icy, snow covered, roads. In our county many of the roads are private, ergo, plowing is the responsibility of the owner/owners. That's more than a nuisance! It's hard, cold, work! I love snow...at least I do when I can stay safe and warm at home! I love the beauty of a snow covered landscape. Snow reminds me of my New England roots and the fun of sledding, skating, snow-man-building and angels-in-the-snow (which I still enjoy). When I see snow it is like my psyche takes a deep sigh of enjoyment. Where I live snow has become relatively uncommon, so when it happens I like to go out and have a look at nature's work. It won't last long, but long enough to upset work and school plans I am sure. We have more flurries today, but temperatures are already on the rise, but low nighttime temperatures will make for dicey morning drives. Then, in the blink of a…

A Monthly Club Solid Fabrics

Just a quick shout out for Island Quilter. I want/need to build up my stash of solids..but was not sure if Konas were what I wanted. As it turns out, aside from being the premiere source for Kaffe Fassett et al fabrics, Island Quilter also offer a solids club. I joined it and get 5 luscious half yards of Free Spirit solids (imho they have a nicer hand than Kona) per month for a mere $17.49 (with domestic usa shipping the total is $21.99). While I am working this makes a lovely, useful and affordable, gift to myself. These fabrics will make some projects that I have in mind more easily possible. I may even consider yards rather than half yards. Anyway, I was so happy to find this great opportunity!I hope to finish my colorful squares bag this weekend. I have auditioned background fabrics for front and back and will add quilting and embroidery to both sides. I got the idea for this from a Sue Spargo kit. I could not afford the kit but have managed to make something similar. It will end …