At the Vendor's Mall last weekend I purchased a few items ... not that I needed them, mostly because they intrigued me.
The first was Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn's booklet #23 ... 'Fragile Fabrics'. I had picked this one up at least 6 times last Sat., the only one in the box. On Sun. morning it was still there ... meant for me !
The second one was a spool of ...?... can't really call it yarn, but it is curious ... 45 yds. of tightly twisted newspaper , hand-spun in India. When I took the wrapper off, my nose was highly offended. It smelled like wet, moldy twine ... I shall put it outside in the sun and fresh air for a few days. It will make great interest in any project and I am looking forward to shaping it ... covering it in plaster on a canvas, perhaps. Not that I have ever done that before !
The third was a spool, 138 meters, of paper moire, 60% cotton, 40% linen paper ... very fine and a lovely charcoal shade. We'll see what becomes of it. Can hardly wait to get it onto some water-soluble (thank you again Nell Burns !)
The fourth was a 9 meter skein of Merino Wool/Silk hand-spun (by a friends' daughter-in-law) around craft wire ... another charcoal colour. She has just begun spinning and I'm sure would love customers, if you are interested ... made right here in Ontario, Canada !
Oh Bliss, oh bliss, oh bliss !!
I have begun a 3 week house-sit and have finally peace and quiet to stitch whenever I want. This piece has been waiting patiently for me and now I am engaged. I show a few pic.'s below ... it had been raining constantly and the lighting was poor ... but it gives you an idea. And the fact that I'm using dark threads indicates that I don't care about the lighting, I'm just that happy to be at my machine. Normally I won't touch a piece, where dark threads are required, unless I have lots of direct sunlight.
Today is a beautiful, bright, sunny day ! All the birds have something to say this morning and the windows are wide open ! The house is filled with richness ! Did I mention that the pool is warm and waiting ? Today is going to be glorious ... maybe a tad too hot ... but glorious, and my 18yr. old gr.daughter is staying with me today !
|base layer of thread|
|starting layers 2, 3 and 4, of thread|