I feel like the witch in Wizard of Oz, only it’s the heat not water making me melt. Me and half the country I believe, except those in the Yorkshire Dales, where I am informed it is raining (today at least). I’m jealous as I can’t motivate myself to sew in this weather (if the truth be known I can’t motivate myself to do a lot really) and the poor garden is so dry I have to put extra effort into keeping the vegetable patch watered but I am leaving the rest to wilt. To add to this we have just been away for a week and have come back to lots of ripe fruit in the garden so I have been busy making jam and jelly – yes, in this heat!!!
Anyhow, enough typical Brit moaning about the weather. The studio/spare room is a general 28 degrees so I am just keeping the door shut and have abandoned working there for now. That’s the price you pay for an entire wall of glass – fantastic light but during the rare heat waves, not the nicest place to be. That means sewing is confined to the kitchen (again) and a nice juggling act of moving things around to make space throughout the day.
This is where I work in the kitchen (the photo is from earlier this year hence the empty garden in the background and nice Amaryllis), one great benefit is I have learned to sew well at the machine standing up. It’s great for the legs and I avoid back ache which I get if sitting at the machine for long periods.
I have lots of ideas buzzing in my head but I am failing to get them made up into samples, instead I have been buying fabric! Nothing like a bit of shopping therapy to get my enthusiasm going. My fabric of choice is a cashmere and wool mix in pale camel, the kind of fabric you can’t pass without giving it a quick stroke (or that could just be me?!). I would take a photo but I think it’s a bit boring. I am thinking a new bunny/cat/alien/mouse/teddy…something for babies all soft and cuddly, but if it’s for a baby it has to washable so may have to think on it…more importantly, I am trying to get away from mainly being known for children’s toys, it wasn’t ever my intention and although my first love are the linen cats/bunnies I also enjoy making other things hence the new cushions (and many more things in the production line, if the heat goes down that is).
Halt everything. I felt bad writing the above and the next day got my act into gear, got the sketch book and sewing kit out and got back on to work. I had started work on some more linen cushions before going on holiday, based on sweet peas as they look so lovely in the garden and so I have decided to get the sketches worked up into samples. I am making them for both my Mother and Aunt (who like the designs and have pre-ordered)…better make sure they meet top standards. At this stage they look like this:
Better get back to work or they will never be finished. I’ll post a photo once complete and now I am back into work mode there are a lot of other designs being made up so there should be a lots of nice posts to come.