Progress at last on my winter 6PAC: have been turning the dashiki borders, now overdyed with blue, into hemline trim for a new slip-dress. A shaped piece of tagboard is the basic pattern which gets used whenever a curved decorative hemline treatment is needed. Tiny "pintuck darts" every five inches, centered on the brown/black striped sections, will shape the straight bands into a curve that will fit the salvaged dress.
Using the fabric (and my sewing efforts) this intensively makes me feel respectful and grateful rather than pitiful... A lot of effort went into making the fabric in the first place, before it ever reached my hands: workers tended the cotton, and harvested it, factory workers wove and dyed it, longhaul truckers, dockworkers and longshoremen transported it back and forth, store clerks handled it... there are a host of hands that brought it to me in addition to the fact that it is a gift of the natural world that helps keep me warm, and the work that allowed me to purchase it, and the effort and time to sew it to suit my life.
"Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without"
Am about 75% done with Solitary Foxen, but will need to put knitting aside temporarily whilst using my handwork time to stitch up some more custom kitty-face needlebooks... have a few custom orders for holiday gifting... should make a note to self to make up some needlebooks maybe during the summer, when small handwork instead of knitting is welcome.