Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday snippets

In which our plucky heroine continues completing assorted projects....

Today I finished the seven baprons for little Kestrel. A "bapron" is sort of a baby bib/apron/pinafore hybrid, designed with the ties behind the childs neck to keep it in place. It is a treat to use some of my special small saved fabric bits, and samples from surface design, and turn them into child clothing. I may not have any children or grandchildren, but the children of my friends are an important part of my life
bapron front and back, with block printed Çintamani trim

Last year I made a "hat of manumission" for my friend Drusa, who at that time had an SCA persona of a Roman slave, who was being freed in a special ceremony. Now her persona alternates between Ancient Rome (in hot summer days), and the Viking Age (in cooler evening and colder weather), and the hat, designed for just this variation, was initially reversible. Since more needed as a wool hat to keep her warm, the green handwoven wool is taking precedence of use.

Drusa picked out one of my tablet weaving samples to use for trimming the hat, and it looked quite fetching once stitched in place between each of the five panels. The tablet woven bands both decorate the seams, and strengthen the joins between the panels. A circle of wool felt closes the top center of the hat, until we decide what further decoration will work best; I am thinking some kind of metal filigree/granulation... Still need to put a fur border around the lower edge, which is currently simply neatly hemmed in white wool felt. But, the hat is wearable now, and will only get more personal as we add another layer of embeliishment


I just finished "The Slow Regard of Silent Things" by Patrick Rothfuss... well actually listening to an audiobook read by the author, and loved his vivid descriptions, clever pleasing language use, and the general "flavor" of his writing. It made me want to also get the book from the library and actually read it...

that said, given how he repeatedly states that this is not a good introduction to his works, and Not Typical, do those of my friends who are familiar with his writing think that I would enjoy his novels? It is exciting to me to discover a new-to-me writer with a style I enjoy. I still remember the first Bujold book I ever read, which was the most recent prior "how did I miss this writer"...

it was a positive thing to go see Smith PDX where Bill has two of his spindles in the gallery... it is a new space being set up to be a kind of makerspace for metalwork, with a gallery space in the front and benches and tools in the back. Still very much a work in process. I met Garrett, the man who is making it happen, and his studio assistant Anastasia, and his mom, who was visiting. I am always terrified when I am going to meet new people, but it went quite well.

I have enjoyed these wacky-looking flowers ever since I was a child... Apparently passion flower vines can grow here in Portland; I saw this one on a fence that was covered in vines and flowers, whilst walking back to the bus after a visit to SmithPDX


June SMART goals (x=extra)
1 pickled garlic scapes Isabel apron dress trimsmall crock pot
2 seven baprons Drusa hat trimcracked iron pot
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  1. Those little "baprons" are too cute. I can see them being tucked away and used on the next generation.

    1. actually, what seems to happen in our circle is that the special homemade things get passed on to the next appropriate child... This happened with a small woolen hooded cape I made for young Heather back when she was a child doing historic re-creation things with us, and it eventually made the rounds back to me again just in time for Heather's young daughter Genevieve to wear it!

  2. OK, hi, Maybe this is going to work. I've read the Patrick Rothfuss book and I really really like it. It seems like it is something that should have been taught to me as a child and wasn't. I especially like the part about sensing the mood of the day. I've noticed for years that sometimes when I wake up, I seem different than I was yesterday. I love your blog, thank you so much for continuing--you are an inspiration for me.