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2013

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Hello good people of the earth !!!!

Now that the eye candy of the new year has been presented, its time to share some news!

We’re moving into our very own house this year!

We’re having a baby this year!

We’re getting married this year!

(no need to rush things , he hee)

Busy looking into cashmere wedding shawls, – think i’ve picked this one – marriage certificates, homeschool registration, baby blankets, cast iron bathtubs, oooh its all happening.

The knitted sweater above belongs to my dear Jackson – its a Gathering Stripes by Veera Valimaki. I loooove her, and she will soon be publishing her first baby knits,,,, whoooo how excited I am !

The crochet squares above are for this blanket by the Purlbee.com. I love Wollmeise yarn, its squishy soft. I haven’t done crochet in ages and I am happy to be back into it. In other crafty news, I will hopefully be saying HELLO to my new santa claus pressie this week ….. as it still sits patiently in its pretty box. :)

I’ve been doing some blog reading/ catching up and hope to do more soon. I do hope you are all well friends, and greeting this special new year with a big SMILE.

love ,

angela

xx

seven inch square

I cleaned out my closet today ~!
{and found the most wonderful of things…}

a bit of a sewing project i found in my grandmother’s wardrobe. so i spent the afternoon with her. i lined up the squares, and then asked what do i do?  Magically, her note appeares.

the seven inch square.

everything is cut out and ready. instructions provided, in that beautiful handwriting that i miss so. there was {lots} of sniffling and soggyness as i was sewing, and my thumb is all mangled reminding me that I do still want that leather thimble. Her presence felt so strongly sitting right there alongside. Perhaps sewing too.

It’s all here ~ cut and sewed perhaps while sitting in front of the heater in the store. Sitting in that chair with feet on worn hardwood floors, sewing in lap, looking out the door. A woman whom I dearly always adored and still do. A woman who pulls at my heart still in ways stronger than there are words.

I’m so glad I cleaned out the closet today.

courthouse steps


:: we lost internet/ phone connection for 4 days. Sorry for me? Don’t be! I think it was just splendid… I started a new quilt!
:: being forcefully ‘unplugged’ has made me realize how much time we do spend online. in hindsight it seems a great loss of time.
:: as a creative artful being, i have it all right inside of me. and yet, for the last year or so, i feel i look to the internet for guidance and even instruction when i feel creative. mind you, i like to see what other folks are doing in their lives – but i don’t want to be like or do like anybody else i know. i want to think up my own stuff.
:: so all these little epiphonies of sorts make my Leo mind run wild and long story short i’ve started a snazzeling new quilt. Using the bar measurements from the book ‘material obsession‘ – [its called a courthouse steps block]. In her book she names her quilt Retro something.
:: anyway back to my epiphony. why do we spend such a great amount of time on electric contraptions? aren’t they cold. aren’t they basic and lacking sensation. why does then the human of today feel so connected to wires and poly screens and strange people you’ll never meet?
:: i’m reading a great book. a collection of south african short stories. i’m brewing tea by the pot full. i’m thinking all sorts of thoughts. i attribute it to good books, good tea, and good old fashioned unplugged living. for four days.
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soak your linen

GETTING READY TO SEW

Before sewing linen fabric, you should ”treat” it to fix any irregularities in the grain and prevent it from shrinking when you  apply a steam iron or launder it. Soak linen for an hour in water, then run it through the washing machine on gentle. Afterward, hang the fabric up to dry dripping by its selvedge side.  When it is nearly dry, iron it with a dry iron on the wrong side.

(Text in part by AKIKO MANO, written in LINEN, WOOL, COTTON. )

*** i do love picking out new linens for home sewing.                      linen teatowels in the kitchen are the best.                                       linens with herb prints chosen for a cooking apron.                           apple linens chosen to back my spiderweb quilt. ***

What’s your favorite use of linen?

Sewing for Girls – Japanese Style

I’m so excited ! Awhile back I advertised for a book swap … my wishes came true and then some!   I received in the mail this week two of the loveliest JAPANESE SEWING BOOKS ever. I LOVE japanese craft books. But I always wondered… can one actually sew clothing from a pattern written in language one cannot read?

Well, my friends, I have the answer for the question now !  Yes,,, why yes one can !

The very first thing I did onest these lovely books arrived… was study them. Carry them round, to the bath, to the kitchen (while cooking tea~!), to bed … and really study the patterns and pictures. What I do love about these books, is what it has done for me personally , on a sewing enhancement level. Saving you from too deep a philosophical session, basically sewing patterns instructions confuse me. Even the ones other people say are ”easy” to follow. {Especially those}. Now I don’t know for the life of me why, but I am just no good at following instructions. I don’t like to either. I’d totally rather look at it, study it, and get to the end myself. You know?

Of course you know. You definitely know. See how well illustrated this pattern is? There wasn’t even a need for words. I did find out thru ‘detective Angela work’ how the word front is written in Japanese (and then promptly went round drawing it to friends to impress..).  Simple.  Study.  Trace*.  Cut.  Sew.  Admire. 

*Trace was a bit of an event from hell,, but we got there. Lines. Man oh man. The lines.

Ta-dah! Here she is. Hanging on a Gum Tree, swaying in the Kimberley breeze. This is the first top in the book (Pattern a, flickr group here). Sewn in Heather Ross frogs and tadpoles, I omitted the front pockets and added a vintage pink lace trim instead. I do love it. This is the size 100cm, the smallest in this book, and looks to fit a 3-5 year old. I did add a couple of inches to the bottom to make it longer, otherwise just as in the pattern.

I’d love to know.. do any of you have a favorite Japanese sewing book? Any experience on this topic to share? Expect to see much more sewing from these books! Sewing for girls is so much fun. Thanks to you Bronwyn for this fabulous trade, I’m so happy!

Not yet – Father time !

Howdy all !!!

How bout a birds eye view of some crafties to start us off, eh?

These are the items i’ve been working on… to enter them into the local Western Australia Crafters Show next week! This will be my very first time entering into a show…and boy am i excited.  There is the Waldorf Dolly, which i made from an old t-shirt, and dress made by Grandma who just visited us. Also being entered is the Elephants on Parade Vest ( which is on Ravelry ) .. i just love it. This being my first ever attempt at “GRAPH KNITTING”. (also last ever attempt people, so look good at it.)  Still a work in progress is my  Bias Tape Toothbrush Floor rug – growing and growing. And last but not least, is my beloved crochet baby blanket:: made in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, edged in Silk Charcoal, and totally delightful to the touch and eyes. It needs blocking. I really don’t like blocking. Can someone please come and block all of my finished projects?? Ah yes.. and thrown in just to make myself look super busy are the ‘Neighborly Vest’ , which i forgot to give to Grandma to armhole pick-up while she was on such a roll (darnit), and my ‘Lucy Attic 24’ crochet bag. Which i do love, and can’t wait to finish and use.

So next up :: the homeschooling front. We’ve been on a two week school holidays here. There are lots of holidays in Australia. Basically you’ll go for 10 weeks and then have two off. I love it. They just don’t take anything too seriously here in Australia, you know. Cause all work and no play.. So it was back to school for us. What did we do? Well,,,, not wanting to get to crazy into heavy stuff on the first day back. The kids worked on making a picture collage. Just look at them, all busy and interested. Drawing, cutting , and pasting. They picked their own themes, drew the pictures, and then glued them onto A4 poster paper. When they were all finished, I got them to tell me a story about it. This is fun and interesting for all age groups. My 3 year old drew all superhero characters and two snakes (an angry snake and a nice one). There was also sticky mud for a trap. My 6 year old made his a sea drawing with a sea snake, algae, and mangrove trees with roots. He named his picture ” MY WORLD ”  and wrote a story to go along with his. This is excellent portfolio work.  (See how my little one insists on dressing up for school each morning with his silk scarf ! mama loves it. )

Ah. Here’s my particular new favorite pasttime. This is going to be a real sweet beauty. It is the ‘spiderweb selvedge quilt’ and I am making mine with a pair of old pink linen pants and of course, selvedges. While granny was here, I got to dig it out and add three new pie squares. This is a simple and satisfying quilt to make, and rather quick. Which is why for the life of me I cannot understand why it is taking me so long to progress on it. Two more pieces yet till i actually have one whole spider web. I suppose with kids and cooking and (not) cleaning and homeschooling, the quilting always gets pushed back. Even though it is such a strong passion for me. * Sad *.  I will leave you with  a cute little writeup from an American Quilting Magazine, found at a thrift shop. Have a great week all.. love love !XX

” NOT YET, FATHER TIME ! “   (by Alice Evanick)

Art is long, and time is fleeting – wrote a poet long ago. Art is long doesn’t have much meaning – Time is fleeting – that i know !! 

Time is fleeting, hurrying, scurrying, Running fast as it can go. While I vacuum, bring in the wash, Fold the clothes, and shovel snow.

Time for quilting, how to find it ? Always something else comes first. Better write or call my mother, Or she’ll surely think the worst !

Wash the floor, and weed the garden, Golf, and cook, and shop , and bowl, Buy the groceries, hit the garage sales, Go see the children in St. Paul.

Homespun chores eat up the minutes – Bring in the wood when weather’s cool. Pack lunches for the children, So they’ll do their best at school.

” Go swiftly walking four miles a day ” Say the books , doctors, and such.  But do these experts leave time for quilting ? Are you kidding ? No, not much !

Face it people, time for quilting Must be grabbed, and squeezed, and stored. We all know the quilter’s motto ::  ‘never close your ironing board!’

Lest the time should ‘fleet’ right by me When I have an hour to spare, I’ll sew those finished blocks together, And smooth them out with special care.

Soon, I must be ‘up and doing’ For my family, friends, and guests. First, let me finish up this stitching, quilting, binding, and the rest.

Now there’s grandchildren, and each one Must have a quilt that’s made with love. No time ever to get ready for that quilt show ‘up above’ !

Then when Father Time does call me To that great quilt show in the sky, I’ll ask for another half a century – I  still have patterns left to try !

I’ll need hours and days and leap years, Four score years, and twenty more, Just to use the scraps I have now – and there’s more material at the store !

satchel & crochet giveaway

Hello! Welcome to my space…I am proudly hosting a giveaway as part of this years Sew Mama Sew MAY DAY Giveaway ! Last year I won several lovely things by entering, and met some great crafters by blog hopping. So….this year I have decided to make something for you.

satchel & crochet flowers

 My satchel is a pattern from handmade home.  It is a generous 12 x 12 inch size; sewn with lovely Echino Linen by  Etsuko Furuya.

Lined with Amy Butler’s cotton interfacing, and closing with a Sterling Magnetic Snap. Dazzling !

I have also popped into this winning prize two of my gorgeous little crochet creations.

 

Pretty crochet flowers

Star Flower Hot Pad crochet with BlueSky Alpacas Organic Cotton {my favorite}. Flower square crochet with Debbie Bliss Cashmere. Do you just love it?

To enter this giveaway, no matter where you are, just leave a comment!  Couldn’t get any easier than that!

For an additional entry, follow this blog. You may do so by subscribing by email or feeds, or copy and paste the address onto your blogger list. Let me know which method you choose, and enter one more time. 

If you are not a blogger, you MUST leave a way in which i can contact you on the comment, or it will be deleted!

I will pick the winner MAY 25 via Random Number Generator. Best of Luck!

         COMMENTS ARE CLOSED….     Random Gen picked number 113…..

         Amanda Pedro at By Hook & Thread!

         Looks like my goodies are going to Canada! x

To check out and enter all of the other hundreds of generous people participating in this giant giveaway party, simply click on the Sew Mama Sew photo link at the top of my blog. It will take you directly to there!

love love love! Angelina x

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