Monday, August 10, 2015

Deer Me!

Okay I love bright and unusual fabrics so when this fabric jumped into my basket last year no one was surprised.  The pattern is by Tula Pink and is titled "Oh Deer". Then it sat in stash while I figured out which pattern to use it in, and then another long while as I grabbed other cut items from the baskets. Finally, I made myself sit down and sew this together and I was left wondering why I had waited so long. The slightly oversized Schoolhouse tunic done with in the side seam pockets and bright fuchsia bodice lining is cool, comfortable and with such a stunning print.

 It is hard not to enjoy this almost forgotten TNT pattern all over again.

And this is what Stella does when SHE sees deer.....Watch out Bambi!

I also worked on a new pattern. The Sewing Workshop released a new button down shirt pattern "Florence" (link will show you the line drawings and details). I just love the longer length and the fun front horizontal pleat, which is almost impossible to see with this print.  Now I'm not a collar person, but this pattern was easy enough to ditch the collar and stand. In fact that's the only modification I made.

The bright red and white graphic hedgehogs were fun to use and will get a lot of wear. Fabric of Vision received this bolt of fabric on a Weds and it was sold out in just over a week. I'm glad I got a length of this happy Moda print and already have another trimmed down and pocketed version cut out in linen.

I started on my second pillowcase on the Macomber warp. This one in a beautiful Louet lace weight navy blue linen that was given to me.

 What a wonderful and generous surprise it was too! Now I did buy some of the same linen in an acid green and a deep rose from The Webster's, who never fail to have something you just gotta have. This time it was some Habu linen paper yarn.

One of the recent Handwoven issues has mention of using "Shifu" and I thought it might be fun to play with some on a future warp. I need to do a few small scarf warps and I'm sure I can make some space and time to give this a try.

Saturday afternoon I spent searching for the culprit making a whole heap of noise in the woods. It took me a little while but I finally found the source. One of our favorite woodpeckers, The Pileated Woodpecker! To me they almost look prehistoric in shape. This is not a small bird either. We are blessed to have many woodpeckers and tree clinging birds in our area but the Pileated is certainly one of the most eye catching. I took 64 pics of this one working the downed log for insects. These are the best.

Parting shot: Contemplation


  1. I never thought of woodpeckers working downed trees, but it makes sense. Good captures; I hope nothing nabs it!

  2. What a fun post! You make the Schoolhouse tunic look really good. The one on Sew Liberated site is so spare looking - yours looks comfy. And the Florence! OMGosh, I might need this super cute pattern. Since all the hedgehogs are gone, I'll look for something else...

    Hope the fires have gotten in hand. So distressing. Our Everglades burn a lot during dry season, leaving ash all over my car and self. I have to remind myself that it's momma nature's business and hope no one loses home and hearth.

  3. Sometimes I get a pileated woodpecker at my bird feeder. They look so funny hanging on it. LOVE the hedgehog fabric!!!!

  4. I love to see the pileated woodpecker as long as they don't peck at the house!

  5. Pileateds are our favorite woodpecker too. :) I love the pairing of the magenta bottom with the schoolhouse tunic fabric. Very smart. And I love seeing Stella too!