Tuesday, October 28, 2008
sew and tell
I'm excited to show you a couple of the things that I've been making. First up, is my new knitting basket. It's a burlap vessel- the perfect size for holding a little embroidery or knitting project. It's also nice for gathering up those odds and ends that gather on counters and surfaces.
I lined it with this luxurious black dotted linen. I have some salvaged pieces left over from a local clothing manufacturer. I love putting it to use and it works so well with the black graphics of the burlap. As much as I love it, I know that I just how I want to improve upon it. This was a wonderful starting place for a burlap container... I'll show you the evolved design at the end of the week. I'm enjoying the challenge of working with burlap more each day. Are you wondering what those vintage wooden clogs have to do with the basket in the top photo? Nothing! My daughter was clomping around in them and they wound up in the photo shoot, because I love them so much. I own two pairs of clogs that my grandparents brought back from a trip to Amsterdam in the early 1960's. All of the grandchildren in our family have dressed up in them, and I loved seeing them worn by a little one again.
She's wearing them with her new dress made from this Sugar City Journal pattern. It's made out of soft and cozy flannel in sage with brown bias tape. It's meant to be a dress or a tunic and the neckline is low and square to show off layers. A perfect fall dress. My daughter would live in pajamas if she could. This feels like a cuddly nightgown, so she didn't want to take it off, but I realized it was missing an important feature. A pocket! Now it has a place to put all of her little treasures: sticks and stones... maybe a pretty leaf.
We're expecting our first inch of snow this afternoon... I'm wishing I had a flannel dress in MY size!