WIP Wednesday: Something Slow

Cross stitching is not for impatient people. Every stitch is done twice–once in one direction, and then back again the other way; the stitches are small, and in a standard cross-stich fabric you will have 256 stitches in a square inch. Those 256 stitches will probably take you at least 30 minutes to complete, sewingContinue reading “WIP Wednesday: Something Slow”

Finish Friday for Fabulous Frances

Frances has these purple fleecy pajamas that are much too small, and which she refuses to stop wearing. I’m sure, if you have children, that there is an item or two in your child’s wardrobe with the same sentimental attachment. I’m not sure why she’s so attached to these pajamas in particular. There’s no specialContinue reading “Finish Friday for Fabulous Frances”

Great Aunt Annette and her crocheted* doilies

On my mom’s side of the family, creativity genes are practically catching. Everyone’s got it–or it seems that way. Stitchers, painters, poets, writers, photographers; artists of all kinds and descriptions. You can hardly talk to a one of them without hearing all about their latest artsy endeavours. On my dad’s side of the family, lessContinue reading “Great Aunt Annette and her crocheted* doilies”

Finish Friday: B5826 (Distraction Project 1 & 2)

┬áLast fall, as I believe I’ve mentioned, was pretty rough. Rough enough that whenever I was home by myself the only thing I wanted to do was sew. A developing (and possibly transient–huzzah!) thyroid problem had me so exhausted every night that the ten hours of sleep I was getting just wasn’t enough, so moreContinue reading “Finish Friday: B5826 (Distraction Project 1 & 2)”

WIP Wednesday: Farmers Wife Quilt-a-Long(s)

You know how I said that you should stand before you stagger before you walk before you run? Yes, well. I took on a few learn-to-quilt projects, and then decided to join a couple of farmers’ wife quilt-alongs. Which is something like jogging around the block a few times, deciding this isn’t so painful, andContinue reading “WIP Wednesday: Farmers Wife Quilt-a-Long(s)”

Building up the Someday Shelf

McCalls, Butterick and Vogue had one of their regular dirt-cheap-patterns sales, ending yesterday. I ended up ordering nine patterns, and paid–taxes and shipping included–around $50. Considering that a single Vogue pattern can retail for $30 at a sewing store, that is a very good deal. Not that I will sew any of them any timeContinue reading “Building up the Someday Shelf”

WIP Wednesday: Where I run and fall flat on my face.

So I like to crochet, eh? But I’m not an expert by any means. Still, I buy crochet magazines and have a set of crochet hooks and a little inexpensive yarn stash (mostly Michaels), and like to crochet scarves and cowls and other mostly flat, mostly square or rectangular objects. Then I went to myContinue reading “WIP Wednesday: Where I run and fall flat on my face.”

Review: Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric

Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric by Laurie Wisbrun My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you want to fill your head with cool ideas of things to try, this is a great book. If you want a beautifully put-together treasure trove of great project photographs, interesting interviews, and introductions toContinue reading “Review: Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric”

Staggering is Fun. Eventually.

Speaking only for myself, I was an absolutely terrible beginning sewist, and remained a pretty terrible sewist for the first few decades of my life. If I was born with anything, it wasn’t sewing talent–it was a bad case of why-would-I-buy-that-when-I-can-make-it-myself-itis. The progression of this disease is deadly and, if left untreated too long, quiteContinue reading “Staggering is Fun. Eventually.”