Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday tidbits

in which our plucky heroine is grateful for her neighborhood

The days are long, and often sunny, moreso every year... Recently found out that it is still possible to order metal window awnings*, in a wide variety of styles and prices, and the expense might be balanced out by the ease of assembly and installation, compared to figuring out how to DIY something to shade the west facing window. I have tried several times to grow plant life to shade the window, but am limited by the fact that the window faces the driveway, so plants must be in pots, which are shaded all morning, and in the afternoon, the sun blazes down on them. Not ideal growing conditions for plants, my potted figs survive there, but not happily...

* Acorn Cottage came equipped with metal awnings over the two south facing windows, and they are a wonderful way to block excess sunlight.

Still sewing an SCA Norse apron dress in dark indigo paterned linen for Drusa, (and another one in micro striped tropical weight Pendelton wool for myself) Neither one will have any embellishment, but that can be added later as desired. Drusa is going to make me a wooden three legged stool, which can be taken apart for easy transport, which will be a huge improvement from the broken-down bottom half of a directors chair that has been my SCA camp seating for years now...

Setting up for a new wool tablet weaving, in dark blue and pale green, with accent dark and light chocolate brown. Will be trim for Thora's 12 Night outfit, and also for me, possibly on my new apron dress... It has been a while since I did any of the Finnish style irregular turning, but hopefully it will come back to me, and thankfully, Applesies and Fox Noses has really good tutorials


Progress laying out the design for the large border fabric printing block. Using a compass makes tidy circles a lot easier. This block is 8" in diameter. I have already carved a 5" block with confronted horses that will fit neatly in the center, and plan on making several other designs to use the same way...


June SMART goals (x=extra)
1 pickled garlic scapes Isabel apron dress trimsmall crock pot
2 seven baprons Drusa hat trimcracked iron pot
3  undergown Genievievepruned sage yard waste bin
4 undergown for Isabel
pruned forsythia -
5 Norse apron dress Aesacontinued pruning apple -
6 Aelflaed pinafore "brooches" for Aesa -
7 blue curtains x -
8 Drusa wool coat x -
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  1. If I remember right, Threads magazine (back in the day) had an article or two about tablet weaving. It is a much less interesting magazine now, in my opinion.

    1. I so miss the early issues of Threads... I was a subscriber right from the beginning, and loved how they were not just another sewing or fashion magazine, but covered the range of thread related arts... I remember how I was not thrilled when they started reviewing "current fashions", switched to just sewing content, and shifted their balance to more beginner friendly articles etc. eventually I stopped subscribing and mostly don't even bother to pick up new copies from the magazine racks... I still have all my paper copies going back to issue #1, though, and pulling a copy or two out from the bookshelf is almost always inspiring.