|Jane Thornley's Bloom|
Getting back to knitting! Last week I started a new shrug (I think). ...Never quite sure of what something will turn into! The pattern I am using is Jane Thornley's Bloom. Jane's last few patterns have all been based on those wonderful free-range semi-circles that seem to shout out happiness and whimsy to me. I do better with shrugs than wraps however, so shrug it will be. I am feeling very limey and have almost nothing to wear in lime and greens. That's a good excuse to make something don't you agree?
Sewing too! I have had a "too much thought" period and I had to burst out of that too. Too much mentalizing over a project can kill it deader than a doornail. The project in question is the tunic top with the embroidered fabric. Anyone who has done serious sewing knows that there is often a fear of cutting into a precious piece of fabric, and this has had its grip on me since I conceived the idea. I have to keep reminding myself that if I don't go through with this project, the fabric will be back in storage and who knows what will happen to it? Anyway, to get up my scrapping/patching courage, I have begun on a less invested piece of work. I had an old bed-sack of still good muslin, and for some time I have bee wanting a painterly kind of frock. Going through old patterns, I found just the thing for a Lagenlook style frock. I am sure that I will be making all versions before I am done with this pattern! I have combined the bottom middle one with the top right. Mine will be center front opening but with closed ruffles in the skirt. ...Or maybe it will open all the way. We will see. All the pieces are cut, and I plan to add applied design that will have a theme of some kind. I am currently in the mood to keep the colors in the close natural hue of the muslin, but that can change. Really, nothing says "paint on me!" like an empty canvas!
Next time be prepared for a mantel surprise!