Monday, October 26, 2015

On my to do list: Cleaning

I have been weaving this week.  I wanted to get a couple of tapestries off my loom in hopes of submitting them for a show, but I am unhappy with the way they look right now.  I am not sure if I will submit them at this point.  In the meantime, I guess I need to clean my studio.

Who can be creative in this mess?  This is mess left from sewing my coats and vests for the studio tour in August.  

After the brilliant, blue summer we have had, it is back to the northwest weather.  Although, it has been so dry this summer, I am sure the plants are very happy to have some rain.  Good day for cleaning!  Here is today's "view" of Seattle.

Friday, October 16, 2015

A break from sewing

I have been taking a break from sewing.  I worked really hard to finish several pieces for the studio tour on Bainbridge Island, but then the end of the summer came.  I had been ignoring my children a bit, so we did some things together and then got them ready to go back to school.

School has been in session a bit over a month now, and I still haven't cleaned out my studio, but soon...maybe.  In the meantime, I have been weaving a bit to give myself a break from sewing.  If you are interested, you can see what I have been weaving.

I finished another vest a couple of weeks ago.  The floral material for this vest came through a gift.  The fabric is a wool cotton blend, and was part of a Laura Ashley dress from the 80's.  The original color was beige, so I dyed it a cobalt blue.  I thought the color came out beautiful, and really updated the fabric.  I then selected a denim colored cotton to complement it.

You can see in the photo above, I embroidered the plain fabric on the sides with a flower to mimic the flower in the print.  

Because several people at the studio tour asked about reversibility of my vests, I decided to make this one reversible.  The fabric inside is a textured fabric.  I thought the vest came out beautifully.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Also, just wanted to say thank you to Heather for including my comments on CraftLit and putting a link on her blog to this one.  If you have not listened to Craftlit, you should head on over and check out her podcasts.  I love listening to the books she selects, always classics, many I somehow never got around to reading.  I especially enjoyed Dickens' Bleak House, not so bleak, and with wonderful characters.  I really miss listening to that one.