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weekly photo challenge: eerie

My usual dictionary hadn’t added this word by 1828, so I’ve had to rely on a different version.

ee·rie, adj., strange and mysterious; chiefly Scottish :  affected with fright… 2. So mysterious, strange, or unexpected as to send a chill up the spine.

I usually don’t manipulate photos, but today decided to play a bit with several of Samantha’s lovely vintage upcycle items to see what might be created.  Perhaps not very spooky, but maybe thought-provoking!

The originals, for sale today at Old Spitalfields for everyone lucky enough to be near London, are pictured below, without any manipulations!

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weekly photo challenge: horizon

silk tieHOR”IZON, n. [Gr. to bound, a limit.] The line that terminates the view, when extended on the surface of the earth; or a great circle of the sphere, dividing the world into two parts or hemispheres; the upper hemisphere which is visible, and the lower which is hid. The horizon is sensible,and rational or real…

Thinking outside the envelope, “The line that terminates the view” doesn’t have to be on the surface of the earth.  It can be mental or physical, involving everyone’s or just one view of the world.

One reason why upcycling clothing can be so much fun is no two people come up with the same ideas.  For instance, both Samantha (Sewin Love UK) and I skyped about ties on Wednesday.

My daisy silk tie is still in 2 pieces.  Her’s has morphed into a phone purse, a coin purse, a decorative flower, and a pin cushion.  I need a coin purse, but I’ve got 2 different ideas for the rest of the tie, and hope to get to them soon.

See what I mean ~ everyone’s horizon can be different!

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weekly photo challenge: the hue of you

Just fiddling with photos of newly washed & ironed fabrics bought earlier in the week from a local op shop, and thought to check this week’s photo challenge.  Super choice!

HUE, n. Color; dye.  Hue, in the phrase hue and cry, signifies a shouting or vociferation. In law, a hue and cry is the pursuit of a felon or offender, with loud outcries or clamor to give an alarm.

Some will become lining, the buttons will be saved, of course, and everything that can possibly be recycled will be.  Can’t beat the usefulness of good fabric!

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weekly photo challenge: infinite

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Who doesn’t like jewellery?!   Even 1 piece can give infinite variety, depending on what it’s used with.  Would you believe that when I first saw this piece, I wasn’t sure what I’d wear it with?  Now, it’s more like what doesn’t it look good with!

Truly infinite variety here, folks.  These were just fabrics I had out at the moment.  Oops! Forgot that stripe!

Here’s my favourite dictionary’s definition ~

IN”FINITE, a. [L. infinitus; in and finitus, terminated.] 1. Without limits; unbounded; boundless; not circumscribed; applied to time, space and qualities.  2. That will have no end.  3. That has a beginning in space, but is infinitely extended…  4. Infinite is used loosely and hyperbolically for indefinitely large, immense, of great size or extent.

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weekly photo challenge: good morning

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Hello, Dear Readers!  Have been super busy reading and collecting more bits & bobs of info, straightening up and finding more Autumnal fabrics.

What’s a typical morning like? A-typical, and frequently determined by the weather, which lately has been either broiling-hot-turn-on-air-conditioning, or Autumn’s-here-where’s-me-coat.

Consequently, it’s either a big glass of cold water with lemon, or a cuppa tea & toast for  starters, while sleepily staring at either computer screen or fabric.  Lately, the fabric’s been green, as in super plush 3/8” thick fleece, above.

Which do you think is the right side?
Or is there any difference??
It’s all cut & ready to sew…

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weekly photo challenge: saturated

You wanna talk completely covered, as in saturated?  Okay ~ try this Autumn tablecloth, from my hoard of California goodies from 20 years ago.  On a dark green (love it!) background, with scarcely enough space between each vivid flower, the eye doesn’t so much focus on specifics, but groups.

If you hadn’t guessed, I do love green, but also all brilliant Autumn colours.  My eye sees the rich orange-yellows of the larger sunflowers and daisies first, or simultaneously with the reds. (Are they poppies or roses, or does it depend on which you’re looking at?)  Then a white daisy will grab for attention.  And only then do all the shades of green leaves come to my attention… and I realize a black background would look garish, too Hallowe’en.

I really don’t at all notice the deep rust-coloured leaves sprinkled throughout until I stop and focus on a section, as in the second photo above.  Did you?

‘Nuff said?  Enjoy!

Sat”u*rate (?), v. t. [L. saturatus, p.p. of saturate to saturate, fr. satur full of food, sated.] 1. To cause to become completely penetrated, impregnated, or soaked; to fill fully; to sate.  2. (Chem.) To satisfy the affinity of; to cause to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold; as, to saturate phosphorus with chlorine.

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weekly photo challenge: lines-patterns

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He-he!  What an interesting and thought-provoking group.  All are basic elements of sewing, and most crafts, as well as painting, photography, sculpture, and other arts.

While looking up each word, I discovered they’re all used as verb or noun, and sometimes one or the other isn’t what’s generally thought of.

Dug deep into the shoebox and pulled out some photos from 2008 & 2009.  Hope you enjoy!

Shape, v.t. pret. shaped; pp. shaped or shapen.  1. To form or create.
Shape, n. [OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap in gesceap creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan, sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect;]  1. Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance…

Line, v. t. 1. To cover the inner surface of; as, to line a cloak with silk or fur; to line a box with paper or tin.
Line, n. [OE. …prob. from L. linea a linen thread, string, line, fr. linum flax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F. ligne line, from the same L. word linea.] 1. linen thread or string; a slender, strong cord; also, a cord of any thickness; a rope; … a clothesline; a towline.

Tex”ture, v. t.  To form a texture of or with; to interweave.
Tex”ture, n. [L. textura, fr. texere, textum, to weave: cf. F. texture.] 1. The act or art of weaving. 2. That which woven; a woven fabric; a web.

Pat”tern, v. t. 1. To make or design (anything) by, from, or after, something that serves as a pattern; to copy; to model; to imitate.
Pat”tern, n. [OE. patron, F. patron, a patron, also, a pattern.]  1. Anything proposed for imitation; an archetype; an exemplar; that which is to be, or is worthy to be, copied or imitated; as, a pattern of a machine.

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weekly photo challenge: inside

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When you look inside a garment, you’ll see seams.  Quite frequently, getting those seams finished appropriately takes experience and practice.

The reasons for taking extra care with seams can be much more than aesthetic. For example, seams need to be finished so the fabric won’t unravel, or so the seam will be strong, or comfortable on the body. Those are the bits I was thinking about last year, when these photos were taken…

And to look inside the word inside, here are the usual definitions from my favourite dictionary…

1913        In”side`, prep. or adv. Within the sides of; in the interior; contained within; as, inside a house, book, bottle, etc.
1828        IN”SIDE, n. [in and side.] The interior part of a thing; internal part; opposed to outside; as the inside of a church; the inside of a letter.

Just to be thorough, as the word combines in and side, here are those as well.

IN, a prefix, L. in, is used in composition as a particle of negation, like the English un, of which it seems to be a dialectical orthography; or it denotes within, into, or among, as in inbred, incase; or it serves only to augment or render emphatical the sense of the word to which it is prefixed, as in inclose, increase.

SIDE, n. [L. latus.]  1. The broad and long part of surface of a thing, as distinguished from the end, which is of less extent and many be a point; as the side of a plank; the side of a chest; the side of a house or of a ship. One side of a lens may be concave, the other convex. Side is distinguished from edge; as the side of a knife or sword.

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weekly photo challenge: an unusual point of view (pov)

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heaven – iron next to sewing table

This blog is about sewing, and things connected to it.  As author, I get to choose – whoopee!  Thus, the point of view is from someone who sews.

One of the things I didn’t realize was it also gives me an opportunity to show, through these weekly challenges, that we who sew do have a point of view.

That view includes many of the same areas any visual artist considers ~ colour, line, proportion, perspective, texture, etc.

In looking up the phrase ‘point of view,’ I found several things:

For example, Merriam-Webster has this: “a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated”

The photo on the left might seem daft to most people.  But someone who sews knows there’s a great deal of ironing involved in constructing a garment.  Seams have to be pressed one way or another, or open; shaping with an iron is used, too.

Fabric is malleable, and subject to wrinkling at all the wrong places and times.  If you continually have to get up to iron something it wastes time and is tiring.  Can you understand why having that iron to hand is such a convenience? also has some appropriate thoughts:

The perspective from which a speaker or writer recounts a narrative or presents information.  Depending on the topic, purpose, and audience, writers of nonfiction may rely on the first-person point of view (I, we), the second-person (you, your), or the third-person (he, she, it, they)

Hopefully, yours truly presents her point of view from different perspectives, and they illustrate why so many people around the globe are choosing to make their own clothes.

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