Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Onward Ho!

The weekend seemed to slip on by at warp speed. You start to work on something, concentration takes hold and all of sudden, five hours (or more) has ticked away. The same thing happens with a good book and that too added to the speedy demise of my weekend with all of its grand plans!

First up, credit is due for the beautiful images in the previous inspiration post.

A: The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard.
This books has so much wow factor I don't know where to start. Actually I do. She has me all excited about binding! Very approachable, very doable and all in layman's terms. I would list this book easily in my top 100 ever. I like it that much.

B: Selvedge is a magazine new to me from the UK. It has fiber arts in many many forms. I couldn't pick a favorite from the issue, they were all fantastic. Painted sacred cows, dogs in lovely sweater gear, a beautiful layout of a blanket designer/ weaver, quilts and on it goes. To boot this was an early birthday gift from a very generous lady. I never would have known about it.

So Saturday was spent not so much being inspired as ignited. I finished my second Yoked Blouse run through and am so very pleased with the results.

It was worth going back for another try. This is easily a top "go to pattern" for a tailored blouse. Changes for edition 2: Smaller rounded collar, band cuffs instead of turn back cuffs.

This version has better sleeve set and the yoke technique for having it nicely finished inside and out worked liked a charm.

Kathleen Cheetham did indeed e-mail back and provided some much needed clarification. That's impressive.

Sharon commented on the color I was using. It wouldn't have been my first choice either but I had scads of this beautiful shirting in my stash and it was a dream to work with.

Sunday I kind of got lost in France reading Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia
Fraser. An excellent read. Of course I was simultaneously watching the Pro Bowl football game and wondering why I bother with it. They are always just awful. The gem in that was hearing Bill Belichick speak three or four sentences. Football fans you likely know what I mean.

I managed to count out what I had measured on the silk warp so far, put a counting string on there and promptly forgot what the count was. Should have written it down, or maybe I did and forgot where....

Parting Shot: Say Cheese!


  1. Sounds like you did get lost in the inspiration. The blouse is lovely and looks great with the rounded collar and changed cuff style.

  2. Sounds like a good weekend - love the blouse on you, and it even looks comfy.
    On my counting (chain) thread I chain around in groups of one inch since that's what my raddle is but you're probably using that raddle on top of the castle that's in much smaller increments, aren't you?

  3. What is better than a dog pus in your face asking for joy?
    thank you!

  4. Kinda hard to cheese with your mouth full of squeeky ball, isn't it?
    I MUST find that book!

  5. You are just one busy lady! I wish I could get half of what you get done!

    Cute picture!

  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Once a good book is started, it's tough to put it down until it's done.

    I like the changes in your blouse, especially the cuffs. The smile was great, too :-)

    What a great bookcase, filled to capacity with books. That's my house with books everywhere.

    I had to laugh at the cover photo of the girl on the Selvedge magazine. I'm sure her stylist spent hours to get her hair to look like that, and I look like that when I climb out of bed in the morning. Ha.

    Enjoy your day!

  7. I love the perspective on this parting shot!

  8. Your blouse is very pretty. I'm not a blue person either but I wear jeans all the time so your blouse would be perfect for me.

    Great parting shot!

  9. Evelyn, I'm pretty happy with the cuffs, they are a bit longer which means when I weave, they don't ride up to the elbow crook. I think also a shawl collar would look nice on this.
    Cindie, it is very comfortable. I'm wishing I had it in some dark colors. Then I could sport heathering by Stella

    Tuesday Weaver's, my dogs all know how to say cheese, as in got some. :)...a favorite treat around here. The book is amazing. I was reading it again last night.

    Julie, The weaving has been suffering the last few days, but really, I don't have a deadline on anything fiber wise.

    Judy, That bookcase was planned right from the beginning and I couldn't live without it. My only wish was that I had planned more. While I don't buy reading books like I use to, (they go on the Kindle) I do love to buy fiber, children's and science books which all are picture heavy. The hair do reminded me of some of the Rowan covers with the hair. A bit much. ;)

    B spinner and Peg, Stella has taken to mugging the camera close up. Quite often with a Timmy in her mouth. I just couldn't pass up posting the shot.

    Thank you all for the blouse compliments. It is a nice fit and it does look good on and it's extra nice when someone else thinks so too.

  10. I want my own Stella! Your post was absolutely exciting. I'm still sewing up rag rug strips but I'm chomping at the bit to sew. That was my first fiber love and it's always a comfort activity.

    BTW, I did take that sewing machine to the Goodwill yesterday. I hope it has a good future.

  11. Sharon, Stella is an awful lot of fun. I'm told there are Stella sibs in the works. Resistance will be hard.
    Sewing is a comfort. Funny how I never thought of it that way before but you are right!
    Good deal on the SM. Somone will find a need for it, either recycled for parts for another machine or into new metal.

  12. The blouse turned out beautifully. Looks so comfy. You are really honing your skills. Good additions to your library too.