Throughout my college years and adult life I've made clothes, curtains, and costumes. In recent years, my interest has shifted away from the practical, but I still love to sew. Mainly I'm interested in hand sewing nowadays, the kind of thing I can curl up with in the living room while everyone else around me is doing their own things.
I don't like the hassle of setting up the machine and then putting it away again. So I haven't been constructing any garments, but I do hems and repairs to things that need it. I also have been making some pictures. I mainly use fabric (applique), embroidery, and beading.
Gem likes her hair to swoop down over her right eye. I made this a couple of years ago when her glasses broke and I just couldn't throw her old pair away after they were replaced. So here is a sort of portrait of Gem with her glasses, some fun boucle yarn, beads, and scraps of fabric I had on hand.
I don't know what she thinks of it, but I framed it and hung it up.
This is a more recent applique. I love my chickens and this picture of a mama hen with her hatchlings is actually 2 small pictures. They are mounted, but not framed yet.
I wonder what Sister Barbara would think? She would be happy that I am still sewing and enjoying it. Maybe, though, she would also see me as a little lazy. You see, I rarely rip out and redo my mistakes. Instead, I just work them into the picture the best way I can.
Sometimes it really works out. With this Mama and Babies I measured the background fabric wrong and needed about an inch more in both length and height. So I set the pieces aside for a while until I happened upon this pretty gold ribbon. I used a variety of goldish beads to attach the border to the picture and, frankly, I like it better than my original plan.
I have a 6 year old niece, Vava, who is a real artist. I love her drawings and am using one of her butterflies right now to make a new applique. Here are some of the fabrics and colors I have in mind:
I learn a lot by reading all kinds of needlework blogs and I've recently read about Gwen Marston's Fearless Quilting. I don't know if I'm interpreting it right, but I think of it as just what I do. If I make a mistake, rather than ripping it out, I try to turn it to my advantage.
Kind of like life. When I do something wrong, I try to have a good heart, pick myself back up, and keep moving. Maybe it even comes out better than my original plan. You think?