Slow, but still progress nonetheless, is being made on Violet's Tiny Tea Leaves. I will try to get those ends woven in today and hopefully a start soon on those sleeves. The first round with double pointed needles is always the trickiest.
After a few practice pieces, I settled on a little bunting design for my christmas ornaments for the swap. There is always that lurking doubt if someone else will like your handiwork. Although I admit that I've often avoided such swaps because there is that pressure, you know, to make something that hopefully someone else will like. I don't always work well under pressure. But I do like the fact that it has pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to learn something new. My Alicia Paulson book has been dusted off again and referred to. It's been quite some time since I've done any needlework and I have to say I'm quite enjoying it.
Meanwhile a new book arrived last week, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. I'm quite excited at the prospects of this book (and the potential for my wardrobe!). Full of clear, vintage techniques but presented in a way that makes it enjoyable to read, not like some of those traditional sewing books that read like dreary textbooks. Suddenly adjusting patterns appears a whole lot more achievable.
Then there is a whole envelope and chapter full of patterns, most of which I'm just itching to make (but first I must get through that "projects which need finishing pile"). Full of timeless vintage style dresses, skirts and blouses (and a Peter Pan collar one at that). I like to imagine a wardrobe full of such items to choose from.
And lastly, another little pillowcase dress or top (again from this tutorial), part of a christmas present for my little niece. Once again made from a vintage pillowcase, vintage sheeting made into bias binding and finished off with some Liberty pockets.
Thank you for yesterdays get well wishes. I'm happy to say that things are almost back to normal around here. Back to school and far fewer sniffles at home.
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