weekly photo challenge: monument

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When I think of something monumental in sewing I think of lace.  Any person who takes the time and effort necessary to create such intricate and beautiful designs surely has created monumental work by sheer effort.  So although this piece is small, compared to a statue or a bridge, to me it represents a great deal of time, patience, skill, thought and planning to execute.

This piece is standing the test of time, just as other monuments do.  Now almost 50 years old, it’s in use daily, at the moment, although sometimes it’s been laid away for well deserved rests.

It was made by a woman who, in her youth, travelled across the eastern United States by covered wagon, living in Indian Territory 100 years ago.  Much later in her life she crocheted this piece for me, and I value it highly.

Mon”u*ment, n. [F., fr. L. monumentum, fr. monere to remind, admonish.]  1. Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial.

 

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more book fabric ~ and pillow

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Attention vintage lovers:  If you sew vintage, do you read vintage, too?  If you do, I’ve got the perfect blog for you, Furrowed Middlebrow, written by Scott in San Francisco.

It’s all about British women authors from before The Great War, through the end of WW II, and a bit beyond.  Love his reviews because he’s got a great sense of humour, and he’s quite astute.

Which brings me to why this pillow got made and sent across to Scott. Seems he wanted to clear shelf space for more vintage books, and when he heard I like M.C. Beaton, he offered me some he didn’t care to keep.

Well, such generosity deserves a reward, don’cha think?  I did, and today the pillow should arrive and be ensconced in a vintage lover’s book nook.

the library tote

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Ever since I saw this fabric on Lovely Reader Samantha’s blog I’d thought what a great tote bag it would make to take to the library.  Then she surprised me by send over a metre of it – wow!

Using this video from the wonderful Missouri Quilt Company, another great find by Samantha, I took time to decide what features I wanted in the tote ~ pockets! ~ and finally put scissors to cloth.

I love it!

THANK YOU, SAMANTHA!!!

weekly photo challenge: threshold

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Amy Barickman’s book, Vintage Notions, opened the door to my finding out about Mary Brooks Picken, which led me to reprints of ome of her booklets from the 1920′s and including the Singer book from the 1950′s.  How’s that for a book being the threshold to a wonderful world of vintage sewing ideas/!

Thresh”old, n. [OE. threswold, þreshwold, AS. þrescwald, þerscwald, þerscold, þrescold, fr. þrescan, þerscan, to thresh; akin to Icel. þreskjöde, þröskuldr, Sw. tröskel, Dan. tærskel. See Thrash. 1.]  The plank, stone, or piece of timber, which lies under a door, especially of a dwelling house, church, temple, or the like; the doorsill; hence, entrance; gate; door  2. Fig.: The place or point of entering or beginning, entrance; outset; as, the threshold of life.

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weekly photo challenge: street life

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Lovelies ~ no definition today, see below, and no project for this… but I knew there were some gawjus cottons under this topic, and thought you might like to see them.  Inspired by anything below?  I am!  Cheers & have a lovely weekend.

above cottons all from a “street” search at spoonflower.com

Someone at wordpress is changing media files details – have you noticed?

Many options have been removed – including the ability to have photos open in a separate window.

Street life isn’t in any but an urban dictionary, with a quite negative “definition,” which I chose not to share.

 

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