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macro monday

Not a macro, but to identify the flower. I can never remember!

Edited to add:

Flower is Peruvian Lily (thank you!) which I am more apt to remember than the Latin Astr…whatever! This little posy are the last and yellowing remnants of a larger vase, longer stemmed, from last week. Am enjoying them as long as possible. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s a Wiki: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alstroemeria

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Had a bit of a play lately.

Figured I had earned it after polishing off my black linen skirt and finally getting the handles sewn onto the veggie bag.

So here’s what I did with some wonderful crocheted doilies gifted to me by Ali, who knows the woman that made them. (Thanks again, hon!)

However, I do think they could use a spot of colour, don’t you? Maybe some ribbon to hide the rubber bands. Hm…

Have been meaning to post this update to that peppermint stripe outfit: It started pilling less than a month after I finished it. Good thing I’d mentally tagged the fabric for stretchy muslins.

Oddly, the bermudas seem to be okay. Wait! Better check the seat . . . . it’s okay! Don’t feel so bad now.

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Have been wanting something in a solid green and remembered this from my Chicago days, languishing in the Needs Refashioning pile. Spent quite some time taking the waist apart, trying to figure out what on earth I’d done. It took a couple of long ripping out sessions.

But newly washed and ironed, it’s hanging whilst I gather my courage to cut into a summer dress I’d put in the refashion pile earlier this year. Hoping to use the dress for waistband facing and a sleeveless blouse. Fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Meanwhile, hope everyone is surviving their season! โฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธ

ps… The Guardian had an interesting article on craft/activism here.

Monday, monday

First, the BIG news: That cold front from Canada is pushing into the area.

HUGE THANK YOU ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜

And so we go from 100 plus to low 80’s (or from over 40 to 20’s).

The Not So Good News is the heat seems to have migrated over to dear U.K. and European regions. That is seriously NOT a Good Thing. ๐Ÿ˜พ ๐Ÿคฌ ๐Ÿ˜พ

Opened my curtains (thermal blackout fabric to keep heat/cold out) for the first time in almost two weeks. See here, here, and here for more information on blackout cloth and some photos.

An update on mending…

I dug out my book on mending and discovered 12 pages on mending knits. TWELVE pages! At the very end I discovered another suggestion, which seemed more practical (meaning a lot less hassle than reweaving).

Deciding that cotton embroidery would be too heavy for this light weight knit, I remembered ribbon embroidery and did a quick search for some books at the library. Nada. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Then I remembered I had a book on ribbon embroidery from ages ago (1995). Surely I hadn’t tossed it out…

Nope, found it and started working through the endless bits of a large unsorted collection of ribbons and laces and such. Spent lots of time pulling out bits of lacy stuff and placing on green knit. Just for effect, you know… and didn’t like any of it.

I did manage to find two ribbons that might look okay, then wondered if I had enough for the repairs.

Time to get serious and count how many holes there are:

  • 3 on back right shoulder
  • 1 on back left shoulder
  • 2 on lower back toward center
  • 11 on lower front right

Uh-h-h.

I think a lot of the joy just left . . . . .

life

this is the RIGHT green!

Hey-ho, how is everybody? It’s been busy hereabouts, but not so much with sewing.

More like reporting phone outages, then wifi outages, then everything outages, deliveries made to the wrong building and ruined in the heat, et cetera.

Such stuff as life is made of, seasoned with lots of extreme heat along with all the usual baking and laundry and such like.

How’s it been around your place? Read any good books lately?

I finally finished Arrest the Bishop and Bewildering Cares, both by Winifred Peck. The Bishop seemed interminable until more than half way through, when I stayed up faaar too late finishing it because it suddenly got interesting. Now I’m reading Peck’s Warrielaw Jewel, which is good from the get-go.

And speaking of books, did I never show you what Karen Ball’s review inspired me to get? No?? Well, here it is, and I must say it’s a great book. Don’t know that I’d make any of the Laura Ashley inspired pieces, but all the patterns are included. Just in case. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think that Table of Contents looks interesting. And there’s also my Yank’s fascination with Liberty fabrics. . .

I remember the first time I saw and handled some Liberty cotton lawn. I was being generally overwhelmed by San Francisco’s Britex Fabricsโ€”floors of fabulous fabrics stacked everywhere.

Cottons, I thought. Surely they’ll have some cottons under $50 a yard. And then I spotted Liberty, which I’d never heard of, couldn’t afford and never forgot. (dreamy look)

Anyway, it’s an interesting book.

Oh!

By-the-by, have any of you Tremendously Inventive Lovelies an idea of how I might repair this green linen knit? (The top photo is the right green.)

The dastardly washer I had in my Virginia place did this, and I’ve been loath to Kondo it. Too much joy in the greeness.

Everyone please send cooling thoughts for all the millions across the globe sweltering in extreme heat. (Canada, send down some cooler air, pretty pleeese.*)

Thaaank you, Dear Ones!

๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŒž ๐ŸŒž

๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿฆ

*Ice cream would be nice, too. ๐Ÿ˜