Saturday, July 14, 2012
Back in the Saddle
The heat wave didn't exactly break, it just sagged down in a corner, exhausted from its own effort at trying to fry us all. But the other night it was cool enough to get into the workroom for a couple of hours, and damn, but that felt GOOD! It felt so good, I made a knit dress and a skirt.
Obviously during the time I was unable to sew, I was not going stitch-free. I can't; the heat made me crazy enough, but taking all forms of needlework away from me isn't wise.
So I started embroidering again. Mario's spaceship reminded me how much I enjoyed it once upon a time, and after PR Weekend I ordered Diana Rupp's book, Embroider Everything Workshop, which, if you're just starting out or need a refresher (as I certainly did) is a great book. I'll do a full review soon if anyone's interested.
I found a nice remnant on the shelf, eyeballed it, decided it was enough to make a skirt and cut it in half. I chose a design from Embroider Everything and transferred it to the denim and started stitching last weekend. It was over 100 degrees on Saturday and I spent it in front of the fan, stitching a few miles of split stitch, satin stitch, leaf stitch and conquering the dreaded French knot.
Wednesday night, when I got to spend that quality time with my machine, it occurred to me there really might not be enough denim to make a skirt. Thankfully my panic was for nothing; there was just enough for the skirt and the yokes. I got most of the skirt constructed Wednesday night and did the facings and hem last night.
It's KwikSew 3036, the kimono sleeve t-shirt that I just made, lengthened into a dress. Fabric from Metro Textiles, PR Weekend 2012. Nothing complicated, but like I said above, damn, it felt good to get back to it.