I've really been inspired and challenged by several sewing blogs not only for the wonderful projects but the insight. Myrna Giesbrecht, I love reading this one and really look forward to a new post. Not only does she share a variety of projects and challenges, but the books she reads are wonderful. She shares her creative journey as she pushes herself to grow creatively.
However, today I have the house to myself, and it's pouring rain. First up, just finishing a tank top for summer. While that in of itself, is more just a project to get down for a summer top, I did stretch a bit and add a cut piece to the neckline, cutting against the grain of the knit for a contrast. It's a start. The pattern is Ann's Cardigan and Tank, by the The Sewing Workshop. It's a very good fit, easy enough, and a bit interesting with the side vents and shaped hem. The neckline in the pattern is serged and turned under, I added a 1" strip of the striped area of the fabric, stitched and turned that under.
The second piece finished for the day. There is a particular
vendor that I look forward to her booth at various fiber
shows that I attend Small and Beautiful Beads.
She carries these wonderful metal, patina pieces in verdigris,
I don't think she has them on her website though.
For this necklace, I wanted to use something with
a different texture to contrast with the metal.
I dyed natural wool roving a turquoise color, with a
bit of green dye swirled in. To create the felted beads, I first needle felt the wool into a larger round shape, and then finish them with wet felting until they are compact and the size I want (they shrink a bit when dry). This also has two polymer clay beads that I purchased somewhere, and had in my bead stash. The leather cord is knotted between each element as it was strung.
Back to the studio, i've got a few more hours of quiet creativity to fill!