Thursday, May 28, 2009

as I am...

" We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are" Anais Nin So- here I am again...in front of the red door... really, welcoming you all in, and wanting to show you my Veste Croisse ... It seems that my decision to make this particular sweater with the Rowan Summer Tweed was a good one,at least for me. The pattern is loose, not to be bulky, so the drape that this yarn affords me is perfect. Slouchy, not sloppy... soft and airy for cool spring and summer evenings... a mix of silk and cotton,in a nubby tweed, who's color I have yet to capture exactly...but, then... we don't see things exactly as they are...all the time... sometimes we need to look deeper... the perfect button...a gift... the pattern...a gift...in French...translated by me... the yarn... Particulars: I shortened the sleeves to accommodate my taste (I'd be pushing them up anyway) and I think I may play with the button placement a bit. Otherwise...I am in love...

Monday, May 18, 2009

a favor was asked...

"The end is to build well. Well building hath three conditions: firmness,commodity and delight.: Sir Henry Wooton...architect A favor was asked of me by Martine , to please try out her new fabric line and tell about it. Of course...I would be delighted ...easy...I like to sew... She sent me the tribal collection ... and Zanzibar... Each a true delight. Hand painted designs made of linen and cotton. I had several ideas, but remembering those three earlier conditions, and I wanted to do something to show off the uniqueness.. thinking and thinking I finally made a decision. Instead of one project using all of the fabrics, I would do two different types of designs. I made a fabric sewing tray...or knitting if you prefer... Designed to hold a few things while you stitch...or knit... Or used to hold necessities on a dresser or desk. Approx. 6 1/2" x 5 3/8" with curved sides...reminiscent of a camel back sofa. and the second was an oven mitt...inspired by these children's mitts... I took the liberty of enlarging the pattern for a grown up... *thanks Al* and was quite pleased with the result. So, I hope I have attained the three conditions to build well, and Martine...I hope you approve..

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

the beauty of numbers...

"Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind" Honore de Balzac...France I needed to first grab a pencil,then the ruler, the numbers were there,in this book...waiting. I measured... I marked... I cut... I sewed... I folded,pleated and pressed.... pocketed,tagged and top stitched... the numbers kept me intrigued as I went along.. the numbers well arranged and easy to apply... and soon, I had not only one... but two aprons... ready for the giving... pink and green... two colors of Spring bold prints on wonderful cotton... two fabrics for each.... two gifts... for two women... and one beautiful bleeding heart for you all. Happy Mother's Day to you all this weekend... Hoping your numbers add up to a perfectly wonderful day!!