Fiber, Fabric, Fashion
...and everything in between.
Home Again for the Holidays
Very grateful to have arrived home safely after having a great week sharing the love of sewing in North and South Carolina. My heartfelt thanks to the great staff and customers at Viking Sew ‘n’ Quilt in Greenville, SC; Heirlooms and Comforts in Central, SC and House of Fabrics in Asheville, NC. You showed me truly warm Southern hospitality. Every group of sewing enthusiasts I have the privilege to meet reinforces the fact that these are some of the loveliest people you’ll ever know. I love to witness the community of sewing that exists around the country and the profound positive impact it has on people’s lives. Keep sewing, everyone!
Sewing: The neverending challenge
This past week I’ve been really challenged by a commissioned garment. The patternmaking was relatively straightforward but the whole thing is thread embellished - in bias plaid, no less! I’ll be posting a photo once it has “gone public”. Although my brain hurts, I am glad that I never run out of challenging things to create. Maybe that’s why I tend to goof up on simple things more. I’m so used to having to concentrate hard on what I’m sewing…take away the challenge and I lose interest and don’t pay sufficient attention. At least that’s the excuse I’m going to use today!
I think that’s why my hyperactive brain likes sewing so much. Studies have shown that it uses more areas of your brain than nearly any other sort of “creative” activity. When I start a project…I think about color, texture, textile performance characteristics (drape, recovery, ease, breathability, care requirements, tensile strength, opacity, thermal comfort, etc.), degree of wearing ease needed, special construction options (because I rarely construct it like the pattern instructions specify), fitting challenges…the list goes on and on. And that’s before I even get around to the nitty gritty of cutting it out to match patterns, naps, grainlines…and the mechanical act of actually sewing it together in a competent manner. No wonder my poor brain is racked on a regular basis. But it sure beats boredom.
Thread Cult Silk Podcast
Love Silk? I had a super fun conversation about silk with the amazing Christine Cyr Clisset of Thread Cult (of Daughter FISH sewing blog fame) earlier this year. You can listen in via her website (or better yet, subscribe to the awesome Thread Cult podcast!): http://daughterfish.com/?p=4379 And yes, it’s true - I did have to reschedule our first conversation because I was on midwife duty for one of our sheep. Silk….Wool…Fashion Sewing…Sheep….welcome to my world!
Our lamb crop has not increased yet (still two ewes to go) but our babies are growing up before our eyes.
The big news is that our tiny preemie Daphne is nursing on her own!
She has come a very, very long way from barely being able to stand on her own and nurse from a bottle. Now that she is understanding where her food is really coming from we are staying away more so that she bonds better with her real mommy. She still baas and comes running when she sees me.
My nickname for Daphne is “Fuzzbutt”. I love my little Fuzzbutt and she likes to be snuggled. Who couldn’t love that?!? She is just such a tiny little thing and loves to follow me around the pen.
Kate loves to get in the pen with the babies. Look how big half-sister Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) is compared to Daphne! Lizzie is only 2 days older than Daphne. Lizzie is very vigorous for her age and thinks she is very grown up already.
Of course all of the lambs (there are 10 so far) are growing fast. It’s been very hot this week so they spend a lot of time napping. Sometimes they are mostly in a big pile and other times they are spread out with their siblings.
The lambs are also practicing to be big sheep already. Here is firstborn Natalie pretending to eat hay with momma Nell. Nell’s girls are just enormous!
…and now it’s time for us to go out and feed little Lizzie her bedtime meal (mommy Jacklyn is still only somewhat cooperative). Have a great weekend!