If you haven't noticed, July is almost over. I bet some of you are thinking of Christmas decorations and shopping for gifts or making those special handmade gifts.
It has been a busy July for me. I had family over for the first week of July. It was really fun to have DIL and GS over to play with. It went far too fast. Before you know it, it was over! So they left and we are back to a quiet house again.
Later on in July I visited Ziguzagu for their winter sale. I came away with scrumptious goodies including my first boro cloth I've ever bought. I should have bought one when they were cheaper. To think that I introduced boro cloths to them more than 5 years ago! Anyway, it is what it is! The boro cloth I bought is really meant for me. Even though it was tattered, torn and for some it's just a rag. Firstly, I love the colour of indigo blue. I could see beyond what it is. All the patches are covered in lovingly stitches. With some loving care I can bring it back to live. What amazed me is that it smells clean and was well cared for before I got it. You will see photos below.
Apart from shopping for a bargain I went to an antique quilt exhibition called 'Making the Australian Quilt 1800-1950'. There were some awesome quilts on display. I only took some photos of the quilts I like to share with you here. Also photos for some dyeing I did in the last couple of weeks.
|The Westbury Quilt (Sampler quilt).|
A striking white embroideries on red background.
|Wagga quilt from suiting samples|
|Wagga Quilt, Salesman's Samples 1920|
|Hexagon quilt c.1830, work ing progress.|
|Early Tasmanian crib quilt c. 1850|
|My very own quilt using natural dyed samples|
and natural/eco dyed silk border.
|Backing of the above quilt showing|
hand quilting stitches.
|A new cover for my journal for Hokkaido trip.|
|Some scrumptious batches of dyeing.|
|The results from the above bundles|
|This one is also from the above bundle.|
Photos below are from my shopping at Ziguzagu's winter sale. Ziguzagu has got everything from vintage textiles, ceramics, furniture and ornaments from Japan.
|My day bargains|
|BORO cloth spreading in the Treehouse|
|BORO cloth hanging out to air.|
|Close up of lovingly made stitches on BORO cloth|
|Another vintage tin (middle top shelf)|
The cold and wet weather is still hanging around. It's good for taking daily walks, but definitely not good for 6:00 am exercise classes! Yes I have signed up for 3 months of boot-camp classes twice a week. The benefit from getting up early is I have free time after work. I'm also feeling good and have more energy! As I'm getting older, I feel I'm not as active as I used to be. Putting myself into the routine of going to the gym is working for me. It certainly makes me healthier.
Until next time