Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse?

A friend had this necklace at QBL. What I think of now --  it's all eclipse, all the time. And you bet I'll make something that uses this "add to the center" idea next time I'm at the bead design board.

Monday, August 21, 2017


I've no clue just where that darn moon/sun thing is here, but it's recorded. Imagine, another seven years and the eclipse will arc through my backyard. That's 2,360 more blog posts, give or take, till then.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Home at Last

"Iodine" hangs where I sit for breakfast. Part of the Radical Elements exhibition through SAQA, it is finally home after been gone for four years. It should have an advanced degree for all that time away.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Who Needs Scissors

A tool from one craft becomes the go-to for another. I've taken to using rotary cutters on patterns, this one for a blouse I've had to make. I make sure that I can see the blade, and not the guard, when I'm cutting, as it helps keep my cut accurate.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dresses, Dresses

As  work on my blouses, I am reminded of the teeny tiny stitches in Phillipa Naylor's work. I got a close up look while teaching at the Maine Quilts festival in Augusta this summer. It's really that small.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

More Sewing

It's funny. I hardly ever call when I make a quilt "sewing," but after spending most of the day wrangling this blouse, I easily call it "sewing." I think that distinction is about the difficulty I have making fitted apparel. My admiration for those who tailor.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time Out

As August reaches the half-gone stage, I am pledged to take in what is left of summer. A cool night, a lake view, the last light of the day -- I'll have to get out more before we turn to autumn.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Third Dimension

I've been working on a project that involves making apparel. Which, need I tell anyone who loves to sew things flat, you know -- with two dimensions --  is very hard. Curves that actually curve around something, and fitted stuff. Takes me back to junior high.

Monday, August 14, 2017

In the Mail

I'm always thanked for my teaching work, but this was unusual. A REAL card in the mail, along with a pic of my favorite cat. To say thank you. Made my day. And you're welcome.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

More Discharging

I rediscovered a stencil I'd cut with a friend's Silhouette cutter, and here I've dabbed some Softscrub in the crosses. It takes a minute for the bleach to react, then I'll rinse and plunge in a bucket of water to which I've added Anti-Clor to stop the bleach reaction.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dye Day

 A group of friends gets together each summer for 'dye day' but for me it's 'discharge'. Each year I find new ways to bleach, and the yards work their way to the next project. Wouldn't think they would, but they do. Thanks, Bev, for having us out to your barn.