The Easter holidays were crappy. Best not dwell. Let’s just move on…
I have pretty much decided to go ahead with the plan to concentrate on autumn/winter products, and in that way always work a season out of synch, in the hope it allows me to run The Linen Cat on a more professional (not sure that’s exactly the right word, but you know what I mean) level. It’s going well, I feel more organised already, but that might be partly just letting go of the nagging ‘these should have been done by now’ feeling….on the down side, it means no monster purses, tween bunny purses, linen mice specials and many other things I had hoped to re-stock by now, but I can live with that if it means, come September, I am fully ready for the ‘busy season’.
I had an entirely different post planned, pictures taken an all, but it involves a bit more sewing that I’m avoiding so I figured I had better drop in and say ‘hello’ in some form or many of you might think I’ve dropped off the planet, so instead I’m showing these beautiful new books that I recently bought.
It shows the power of Amazon, as both were in the suggested area whilst I was last-minute gift shopping and I could tell by the covers that they were exactly the kind of books I’d like. I love Stumpwork, I have some half-finished kits that I bought just to learn the process and a couple of other books that are less….stylized?…in their presentation.
I haven’t had a chance to try anything yet, so I can’t say if the technique instructions are good, but I love how both books look and their contained projects. Butterflies and Moths by Jane Nicholas also has a great deal of information on the biology of each moth and the history of moths and butterflies in illustrations etc, etc. It’s a real all-rounder and I’m in love with it already. I fear the Stumpwork sample I had started (that shows a butterfly on a flower) might get abandoned as these are sooooo much nicer.
The Stumpwork Flowers book (by Sachiko Morimoto) is equally pretty, and contains some lovely project ideas for using the finished embroidery. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it, but a degree in Textiles (with the idea to specialise in embroidery) was my alternative choice to the Theatre Design, Costume one that I opted for, in fact I was sure for all my final years of school it was the direction I’d go in and I did get offered a place (at Loughborough University). I often wonder if I’d have been happier, although at the time, I felt like my work wasn’t free enough and I wasn’t convinced I’d be any good at it long term, this was in the 80’s grunge era, and I think a lot of the textile work also had a grunge style element, I don’t remember anyone being very traditional with their style but then this was before the good old internet so my exposure was limited.
What else? I’ve been super naughty and chased some Crown Devon on Ebay. I couldn’t resist, well actually I did resist lots and kept myself quite restrained but I do love the green version, there’s something about the mint colour that appeals.
(sorry about the photo quality, the light here is dreadful now that summer has finished 😉 )
Also, I am sewing some projects other than winter ones. At the moment it’s all about aprons. I know to take my time over these or I’ll get apron fatigue and stop enjoying the process, especially when it comes to sewing meters and meters of folded bias binding onto the edges.
I’m away some of next week, all on my own, for a bit of a deserved break. I’ve never been away completely on my own for more than a night since getting married and having a family, actually I’m sure that’s not true, I’m sure I’ve been at home on my tod, but never away on a short holiday…either way I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be staying in Yorkshire, minus a car, and plan to walk every day, come rain or shine (and it says rain in the forecast right now). The bonus of Ocado now delivering in the Dales is I have the cottage set up as one of my addresses, so I can order all the food in advance, cadge a lift from my brother from train to the cottage and then don’t have to leave. I may get bored, but I don’t think so, I enjoy my own company. I had ideas of living in a lighthouse for months on end when I was a teenager, it’d probably suit me, or at least if would if I didn’t have a family I’d now miss too much. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy being around other people and partied my way through my 20’s whilst living in London but I also enjoy a bit of space for myself and really relished living on my own back then, in my own flat.
Best get on, walking waterproofs to find, travelling sewing box to get together and lists to write for M of the boys schedule, so he remembers to pick them up from school! We’ve a busy weekend, belated B-Day lunch for C (don’t you just love the ‘happy face’ kids make when opening presents) and Eurovision (because it’s a tradition, and I HAVE to watch it) at my Sister’s, then yet more bike/triathlon races for M on Sunday followed by my early start Monday…..4 hours on trains all on my own…bliss 🙂