Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine fits assorted creativity in amongst the weekend chores...

Took a break today to head over to the 7th Annual Letterpress Printers Fair, one of the very few free Design Week Portland events. In addition to the vendor tables, there was an assortment of technique demonstrations, and while I was too short to see over the crowd watching the steamroller printing, I was there early enough to try out using the "proofing press" by hand.
This charming design was set up, and each visitor was able to choose a color of ink, roll it onto the block using a brayer, and then roll the press over the paper to create the printed souvenir to take home. I think this little red bear will be a great addition to the artwork in the kitchen here at Acorn Cottage

Made considerable progress on the embroidery for Thora yesterday. I love how the texture of the Bayeaux tapestry stitch, filling in the blue cedar tree, reminds me of a sort of abstract foliage. It is easy to roll up small decorative pieces like this to carry along in my bag while riding transit, and two or three long transit days will see this completed.

Yesterday I rode the Orange Line for the first time, all the long way to the end in Milwaukie, where my friends Sam and Bob live about four blocks from the station. While at the sewing afternoon, I worked on hemming lower edge binding on the wool tunic for Farbjorn, which took several hours; large garment work isn't really suitable for "transit stitchery", and Farbjorn being quite tall, his tunic is commensurately rather long. The blue cedar tree is the badge for Blue Cedar House, hence my conceit of using it to decorate both their warm wool garments, albeit in slightly varying colors...
While this tunic is now a wearable garment, with all the edges bound in madder red wool flannel, my intention is to also add some additional decoration at the cuffs and over the shoulder seams, similar to where I decorated one of his linen tunics, but to use strips cut from block printed fabric, done in black on red. There were decorations found on some Viking Age garment fragments that were made from narrow strips cut from silk samite, and my idea is to use the block printed fabric as a sort of stand-in for the silk, since samite in suitable motif patterning* is basically unavailable nowadays.

April SMART goals
1 charter painting sink repair yard waste bin
2 window panel rack re-hem Maeva gowns yard waste bin
3 Æsa gown - -
4 Maeva gown - -
5 Maeva gown - -
6 Maeva gown - -
7 2 SR pillow covers - -
8 Farbjorn tunic - -
9 Farbjorn embroidery - -
10 - - -
11 - - -
12 - - -

*some people use brocade fabrics as a substitute, and while the weave is similar, the motifs, often either "oriental" or "ecclesiastical" are not.

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