Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday fragments


First two of the kitty-face needle books are completed and will be are on the way to their forever home today. I made it to the post office just before they were closing for the evening.

They do look quite dapper, particularly after a trip to the ironing board, which smooths all the stitching out, rather like blocking knitwear. Using wool or wool/rayon felt makes all the difference, both in making them up and in how they feel, rather like the difference between butter and margarine. These are "gourmet" needlebooks... I am looking forward to making a portrait needlebook for my neighbor Molly; will be visiting her soon to meet her cat.
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Decided after dinner to make a rather speedy acorn and oak leaf ornament, using free machine embroidery on three layers of wool felt. Because sometimes it is necessary to just play with the materials, rather than the usual highly specific and controlled artistry. Sometimes it becomes really transparent that I don't play enough. Not sure how to shift that, or to encourage self to move in that direction, without it becoming yet another task...

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December SMART goal challenge
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 red-dyed wool,
from pokeberries
hem and new pockets
on Stacey dress
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2 grey slip-dress * *
3 two kitty face
needlebooks
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