The blog book I ordered has arrived. I've been trying to come up with an idea how to print my blog. Both Mr Notjustnat and I came up with various ways, but in the end I decided to get it printed with Blog2Print. I decided to print one year at a time. My first book for the 2014 posts has arrived. The next one is ordered and it is on its way. I'm very happy with how it looks and feels. The photos are as clear as I see on the web.
Apart from that, I had a busy couple of weeks yet again. I visited a great exhibition: Exquisite Threads, English Embroidery 1600-1900s. I took some photos of my favourite pieces to share with you here.
I was sick for most of last week. The doctor ordered for me to stay home during that time. No good giving my cold to the rest of the team at work! The weather was horrible the whole time I was home, but I managed to complete small sewing projects and put on a batch of dye during that time.
|My first blog book for 2014|
|2014 when I went on a textile trip to Vientiane|
Luang Prabang and Siem Reap.
Below are some photos of the embroideries at the Exquisite Threads Exhibition. The first one is a Bible cover from the early 17th century. What caught my attention was the work of free-form embroidery. To use it for a Bible cover was comforting to me because I'm making the same things, but for journal covers.
|Bible cover-early 17th century|
|Part of my hand-stitched journal cover|
|My 2015 travel journal cover|
|Coif - early 17th century. Linen, silk, gilt-metal|
|Section of a larger embroidery panel|
|Stomacher - early 18th century|
Below are a few small projects I worked on while I was home sick:
|Shibori stitched on linen dress, socks and|
cotton threads ready for indigo dye
|Quilt label for Red Star and Blue Sea|
quilt posted here
|The Civil War block I made using Barbara|
Brackman's free patterns that I posted here
I was given walnut hulls a couple of weeks ago. I soaked them until they were ready to be used. Steeping is another way to cook dye bundles. The liquid you steep bundles in could be anything from natural sources. All bundles for this batch had been steeped in walnut bath.
|Jars and bundles ready to be opened|
|Unwrapped bundle of wool and Eucalyptus|
|A peak into another bundle of silk and Eucalyptus|
|Another bundle using different Eucalyptus|
|Autumn maple leaves on vintage silk|
|Silk scarf dyed in walnut bath|
|My sweet Abela|
A lucky find for this post is not what I found recently, but it was a lucky find I found 15 years ago on eBay. This sweet Singer Featherweight is my proud and joy and I enjoy her every time I sew with her. I only use her to sew vintage fabric. I named her Abela to remind me of an Arabic name for a beautiful little girl. Abela was made in Scotland, but I got her from Texas, USA.
Until next time