Thursday, November 29, 2012

Home Dec.

I've been channeling my inner Martha Stewart by finally getting around to the home dec. sewing.  The supplies were purchased ages ago (remember when I painted the kitchen back in 2011?), but I just never seemed to get to it.  Over the past few weeks, here's what I've accomplished:

Soft Cornices:
two windows like this.

And one doorwall like this:
What took me so long to get around to this was figuring out a shape for the cornices that would coordinate the two different sizes, since they are all lined up on one wall.  A bit of time with a calculator and some graph paper followed by a lot of trips up and down a step stool with paper mock-ups resulted in this design. 

Once those were done it was time to work on the decorator touches for the living room and dining room (which are really one great big room).
 Throw pillows and footstool.
(Note the chair in upper left hand corner.)

Here it is in close up.  There are two parson's chairs like this in the dining room.

And a table runner to go with.

It feels good to have this done.  I doubt I will do much sewing with home dec. fabrics in the future.  All of these pieces required running them through the serger, which created a lot of nasty dust.  I started wearing a dust mask when using the serger on these fabrics, but I still had a pretty significant systemic reaction after extended sewing sessions.  Maybe it was the dust, the chemicals used to treat the fabrics, or a combination of the two, but I won't knowingly expose myself to that again.   I've never had that problem sewing garments with commercial or handwoven fabrics.  But then again, garment fabric is washed and pressed before sewing. You can't do that with the home dec. fabrics. 
 
Next on my list is vacuuming out the sewing machines and cleaning all the detritus from these projects out of the sewing room.   After that, some Christmas decorating.  Notice how none of the things in the above post go with traditional Christmas colors?  Ah well.....

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Sounds of Silence....

Just a little photo essay of what I've been up to during my blog silence:

A prayer shawl finished.

A shawl in linen.
Then done again in silk:
A closer look:
The pattern is Fragile Heart by Boo Knits.

Some sewing after completing a muslin.  The pattern is Loes Hinse Shawl Collared Jacket in wool for Wovember.

New gloves knitted in this pattern.

Spinning the North Ronaldsay wool from last year's trip to Scotland.

And weaving some turned taquete' in tencel and rayon. 

Only one political phone call today....an exit poll.  Can you believe it?!  
Otherwise, I am enjoying the silence and my fiber-y pursuits.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Hanging by a thread.....

I think that before we go through another election cycle our home phone will be history.

Today, election day, when the voting from this household is already done, we have received 8 phone calls.  That makes the combined calls from yesterday and today 25 calls.  Most of them are from the Republicans.  I am not a republican.....I am a thinking person who reads broadly, pays attention, and often splits the ticket.

The creepiest calls by far have been the pre-recorded messages done by Clint Eastwood and Pat Boone.  Really?!  I wondered if they had to exhume Pat Boone to do the message, but I refused to stoop to googling that.  How old do they think I am?!

And Clint Eastwood.....I just sat the phone on a kitchen chair and walked out.  I'm told he likes to talk to empty chairs.

Caller ID used to be a great help, but somehow they have tricked the system and I get voicemails of busy signals and obnoxious noises if I don't pick up.

Sometimes (well really, most of the time) I pick up and hit "end call".  Then Thursday, while I was trying to cut out a pattern for a jacket in some very nice wool (it is Wovember after all....and yes, that does count as fiber content in this post.)  I took three such phone calls in succession before I could even put the phone down.

Exactly where is the borderline between campaigning and harassment?

This afternoon I had to leave the house after the 7th phone call.  I ran to the LYS and picked up the holiday issue of VK just so I could read the article by Barbara Kingsolver.  She has a new book out and I'm on the waiting list at the library.

When I walked in the door from that errand the phone was ringing.  Caller ID:  Private Name; Private Number.  at 4:20 PM. on election day.  Call number 8.

I'm hanging onto the edge by my fingernails for the next 3 hrs. 40 min...Unless they are stupid enough to run robo calls after the polls close.  Which is a distinct possibility.   They were dumb enough to publicly say, "Then we just flip the Etch-A-Sketch." (one among many offensive quotes from the past 6 months.)