Thursday, 15 February 2018
Wishes and little stitches
Slow stitching means settling down
and loosing myself in each stitch.
Each little stitch today
is very special to me
Today marks a very strange but wonderful event for me, I am going to start to stitch one of my own designs. You may be puzzled by this as its what I do for a living only this time I am going to stitch the very first design for one of my slow stitching boxes, which is a first for me and I feel I must make a little drum role before I take that first, slow, delicious stitch.
I had the first iron on transfer off the press to iron and check out and its so exciting. Needing to write instructions there is only one way to do this and that is for me to stitch it. Try and stop me! In addition it is time to prepare my first imagination vintage fabric box as well. It is trial run times. By the end of next week I should be in full production.
This week has seen me and my darling husband cut all the 160 pieces of vintage French linen for each of the first four small designs that are a series. Tick! I had a little dance this morning and whilst I was happily feeding my birds Miss Muddy Beak and Mr Robin came down and whilst they were watching me fill everything up and doing a little twist with some amusement I told them all about my first kits. They were getting bacon fat and mealy worms before the others so I guess they thought it was a small price to pay for a good breakfast to listen to the obviously mad human this morning, who normally is a lot more sedate that early!! ..
Any neighbours that were up that early and staring out of windows would be nodding and muttering ' I knew it' and shaking heads 'the poor wretch has finally flipped' ..
I have been making up the boxes that they are going into ( they come flat packed!) and they are the same boxes that the inspiration fabric packs will be in.. I just await production of the transfers with alittle tweaking to be done.
So far it has been a very busy week indeed and not a needle threaded but that will change. I will have lots to stitch soon with another four designs awaiting at the printers after the series of four so its busy times ahead.
The weather is so cold and the rain is icy, my hot water bottle is in use permanently at the moment. Still it is hygge weather and great for snuggling down under a vintage quilt with my stitching and the fire blazing away. Candles are lit on dull days and every evening as well it is a wonderful relaxing but productive career I can tell you.
I have been slightly chasing my tails with other things like paper work, emails and letters along with house work in general and other stitching commitments. Still I would rather be busy than tapping my fingers ...
My sewing room has suffered a little and so over the weekend I am going to have a little sort and tidy and of course I need to go through my drawers and cupboards for fabrics for the fabric boxes as well, oh dear you can fore see where that might lead - yes to hours of looking and feeling and re folding fabrics!! Then of course I need to sort the buttons for the designs as well and again this could take a few delicious hours of contentment on my part.
As you know I am a mother of pearl lover and that really is all I use unless it is the linen covered buttons. I have a few cards of those to use in designs.
I have been covering buttons recently for my dresses that the lady is making for me and I am doing the buttons and the embroidery ( yes I said dresses and it will be four in the end I think) So when the cut out piece of my dress is ready it is given to me to stitch on my little design and then back for stitching. Later in the year when they are done you will see me in them at vintage fairs but I will
Well that is it for today as I really must get on with my busy day. I went to my Mum yesterday this week and she is ok but very non responsive ... she is happy when I am there holding her hand and we have coffee and hot chocolate together with my sister. Still no joy on some writing but I have not thrown in the towel just yet...
Have a wonderful day and stay warm and cosy.
Happy Stitching! XX