Lets start with something that has been sitting around for a year. I loved both fabrics aesthetically but really didn't like working with either one.
The wool suiting had a lot of stretch in it making it hard and heavy to work with. The silk, no stretch or give whatsoever and was slippery as all get out.
But I got through it and have a nice black duster to grab on those days that it is too cold for no coat at all but not cold enough for a winter coat.
I tried out the simplest garment pattern from the Lotta Jansdotter book and love it.
Cute, comfortable and nicely drafted.
I'm thinking an almost maxi length in some lightweight linen for the next go round on this pattern, with pockets of course!
Lastly, in-process, a Merchant & Mills pattern (The Dress Shirt), made up with some cotton linen bought on sale.
I think I got this at the clear the bolt 75% off sale. For the bib front I paired it with some lovely leftover Japanese fabric I had saved for a number of years. They go perfectly together I think. This is a longer length, not quite maxi, but mid calf. I can wear it with leggings or not.
So where am I buying fabric? Well, a few places. First up is Fabrics -Store. Com. The is the go to place for linen in all weights (solids, yarn dyed, jacquards etc.). The prices and the daily sales are EXCELLENT!
Here is 12 yards each of heavyweight natural and bleached for linen blankets and some handkerchief linen in bleached for summer undergarments and sleepwear although it would be lovely for pillowcases too....
The second store just happens to be in Oregon. Cool Cottons in Portland. I didn't know that until I ordered but nice to keep the money in state and the shipping certainly is reasonable. Prices are good, maybe a little better than average, but prices for newer fabrics are pretty close all over. Finding a store that shares your taste in fabrics is a whole different ball of wax.
This place has a nice selection by my taste and I'll be back. Packing was great and shipping lightening fast. These two are lovely cottons.
The toadstools and foxes is so smooth and tightly woven it feels like a lawn.
And this is a cotton linen blend.
Who wouldn't love a fabric with hedgies, foxes, owls and other assorted wildlife?!
In the weaving studio, Nick has been cleared of his kitchen towel warp and here is the run, washed, hemmed and pressed.
Most are promised out, two I am keeping and one is making it to the gift pile. Next up on him is a 700 end bath towel warp. I need to count heddles though before I start threading.
The prayer flags got their silk bindings.
Next is to sew bells on them and add some dowels for hanging and then out and off they go.
The Gem was emptied too of his trade warp. I managed a beautiful twill runner and two fun place mats out of it. I changed the treadling and the weft for the mats.
They are all washed and dried, awaiting finish work. Maybe today! The Gem is going out on loan since a friend is interested in ordering one of her own. What better way to be sure of a large purchase than to get a little time in actually using one? It is not like I am loom poor and since this is a portable it makes it easy to get it from place to place.
Parting shot: The Squirrels Must DIE!
|Only bushy tailed rodents make the hair stand up!|