today has been a happy, puttering kind of day
yesterday i thought our town would drown from all the rain we had - i've never seen it rain like that here - in fact, i've never seen it rain like that anywhere...
thankfully nothing serious except the highways all around are closed because of mudslides
and as it was far too wet outside still today for any kind of yardwork, i stayed warm and dry inside and worked on a few things...
below is the start of my sampler i'm working on through karen's simply stitch class
it's a "we're a fly on the wall watching her work" kind of class - so my project is completely different from hers, excepting of course that there is fabric, thread and stitches involved
|over-lapped cretan using over-dyed thread|
i started out with a piece of cloth i bought in calgary last year - i'm not certain if it's evenweave, but it behaves like it is!
what i do know is that is rough and slubby and reminds me of a coarse linen - i think it's only cotton - anyway, i like it, so i'm using it
i marked it off into three sections - don't ask me why - i don't know
but three sections it is
hopefully i'll think of a brilliant reason why soon enough
|herringbone and straight stitch|
once i basted the dividing lines i decided i would stitch them decoratively as well - herringbone and straight stitch for one and over-lapped cretan for the other
the patchwork shapes are basted onto papers a la english paper-piecing and for this i am using my yarn-dyed plaids and some purple fabric... i love the softly faded look they have
so far two are sewn down and now i am playing around with the rest trying to decide how to arrange them
what i am wanting is some kind of lay-out with fabric shapes but also some spaces that are stitched around but no fabric applique - "blanks" if you will, or "negative space" might be a more accurate way of putting it
and in those blank spaces i will sample some stitches
at least that's the plan
today i set that aside while i think on it a little and instead set to work on the signatures for the books
folding and cutting and choosing and arranging
playing all day with pretty papers
twelve are sorted out now, all in neat little stacks, arranged as i want them to be when you open your books and flip through the pages
three are clipped; pinched tight to compress them - you get a better book if you do that but each has to sit for twenty-four hours and i only have three sets of clips...
there's something about the process of making things that i really like, that knowing of how it will be but it isn't quite
a book that isn't a book yet, but has glimmers...