We were busy at the weekend and the result of this was no sewing time. I did manage to make another zipped purse on Monday night as a present for my sister because I can’t stay away from the sewing machine for too long.
I think this might be my favourite one so far, but it is in the post so too late to keep it for myself. Now the lined and zipped purse is on my list of achievements I’m thinking of making a large one for carrying round my new notebook/tablet on which I write this blog. I will incorporate some wadding for added protection.
Last night after sustaining a kitchen related injury which I blamed entirely on W at the time – although it wasn’t really all his fault – I decided to flounce upstairs and launch into a tidying-up operation in my sewing room!
I know I am really lucky to have my own room in which to create. The room used to belong to one of W’s girls but now they are grown up they no longer need their own rooms at our house and so I claimed this one for myself. It is fairly small but I also have the big table in the conservatory to use for cutting out, subject to the limitations previous referred to (extreme temperatures, bright sunlight in the middle of the day and piles of dead and toasted insects during the summer). I also have a pile of Selvedge magazines in another room. I’m beginning to understand why W thinks sewing is taking over the house!
I am quite an organised person but sewing and craft stuff can very quickly get out of hand and I am inclined to keep all sorts of bits and pieces, including tiny scraps of fabric, just in case they might come in handy. Yesterday evening anything that really wasn’t ever going to prove useful in the future was cleared away and I emerged with three large bagfuls of rubbish. Everything is now where it should be and easy to find. The very tidy pile of fabric on the shelf consists solely of large recently purchased and pristine pieces of fabric which have not yet been turned into garments. There is a LOT more hidden away in baskets under the table and elsewhere. The table is from IKEA and is just a top supported by two trestles which are great for providing extra storage. It doesn’t usually look this clear on top!
Also under the table is a large basket containing knitting and crochet needles and a half-finished cardigan which I am fairly sure I don’t have enough yarn to complete (this was started YEARS ago and the yarn is no longer available).
The weather was quite gloomy first thing this morning so the pictures aren’t great but they give the general idea.
When it comes to yarn-related activities, I love crocheting squares and I have knitted quite a few bags in the past. This strawberry one was my own design and when I look at it now I have absolutely no idea how I managed to do it! However, larger knitting projects are really beyond my abilities and having adapted one of the cardigan sleeves to make it shorter I now have no recollection of what I did to it to enable me to repeat the process on the second sleeve. I did spend some time last night untangling everything so perhaps I’ll have another look at it on a quiet evening.
Doris insisted on wearing her favourite skirt for her photo (have I mentioned my tendency to anthropomorphise?). My Janome sewing machine is a relatively recent addition which I’m really pleased with and the storage baskets, tins and boxes have been accumulated over the years and are great for keeping things organised – and I’m determined to keep it this way.
I’ve still not finished the hem on the starfish skirt, although the lining is hemmed. I’m having trouble getting it straight and turning it up the same amount all the way round leaves it dipping at the front. W has agreed to help pin it up. If that doesn’t work I’ll take it round to my mum at the weekend and stand on the coffee table!