Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine switches gears and cogitates a lot...

Currently busy working on an original scroll, with a Byzantine theme, which I chose to interpret using various pieces of historical cloisonné as my inspiration. The challenge for me is to find a way to create a visually balanced design without the aid of using a manuscript page for my inspiration, which, being a two dimensional, rectangular object, is easier to adapt...
Am pretty pleased with the overall plan I came up with, after several false starts. Tonight, after I transfered the design to Bristol board (that will be the base for the actual artwork), I am now drawing in all the small patterned details, prior to inking the outline in so I can then move on to the actual calligraphy and illumination.

popover dress is completed, and while there are a few minor changes I will make to the new draft, for future popovers, I am rather pleased with the outcome. The overdye worked out most excellently.

The "teal" color is a bit more of a turquoise green than a turquoise blue, which is actually good, as it is a tiny variation on the colors I already have, but perfectly acceptable. Indeed, I am considering if a few more garments in the teal/turquoise end of the spectrum would be welcome for that transitional season where summer turns to autumn, or where spring turns to summer...

A while back I was gifted with a dresslength of heavy cotton/linen in a turqoise/black shot weave, that might indeed make a colorful pinafore...hmmm... and there are a few printed cottons (all in the blue/navy/teal spectrum) that will someday turn into tops/blouses/tunics... I've some vague idea brewing of how to transmogrify the popover pattern into a tunic/top with actual sleeves...

August SMART goals (x=extra)
1 x overdye dress-
2 x --
3 xx -
4 x
x -
5 xx -
6 x x -
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x


  1. Your dress turned out really nice and I love the more subtle colours!

  2. What a lovely dress. It suits you beautifully and the dyeing worked out really well. I am so pleased for you.

  3. What a change! The dye job turned out really well. It was a great idea to sew with the black thread to start with. I have a whole sack of things that need dyeing.