Tuesday, 30 August 2005

Paisley's Quilt History II

Japanese Style Garden Path
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
Japanese Garden Path Wall Hanging. (sometimes referred to by the unitiated as "that stained glass one") Hand pieced applique and hand quilted in 2003. Held in the private collection of Y & T.

I love this design. It is tempting to make another one in a similar vein. It's an adaptation of a couple of quilts from Kitty Pippin's "Quilting with Japanese Fabrics". The stepping stones are basted over paper and appliqued on, then the paper is removed (through a small cut in the base fabric). The pebbles at the bottom use the clamshell block and the blossom at the top are little hexagons, similar to those used in grandmothers flower garden quilts. The quilting is mostly outlining apart from the black border which is quilted with arcs which are meant to resemble rake marks in the gravel. Very zen!


C & D moved house on the weekend and I popped in on Sunday evening to pick up some of the boxes which I had lent them for that purpose as I will be moving myself in about 4 weeks time. Having seen how much stuff they have, I am feeling heaps better about my accumulation of stuff. It pales in comparison to them. :-)

I'm trying to be really organised and sort through and turf stuff beforehand. I ruthlessly - well, perhaps selectively would be more accurate - culled my fabric stash last week and space bagged it (Space Bags are those big plastic bags with the valve that allows you to vaccuum out all the air). Space Bags are so much fun - it's quite cathartic watching it shrink down to it's maximum density, sucking out all that pesky air. I've gotta get some more I think.

Thursday, 25 August 2005

Got the camera back

Green Silk Sari
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
S has a vivid imagination. I can't have put the camera back in my bag. It has been retrieved from the sari lady's house without further incident. Phew!
This is the sari that S wants me to wear for the wedding. There is also a pink version (see my Flickr photos for a shot of that). They're possibly a bit pale for my taste, but I'm assured that our underskirt and sari blouse will be in a darker tone which will lessen the "pastellyness".

Tuesday, 23 August 2005

panic stations...

I can't find my camera! I had it on Sunday night when S and I went to look at saris at a private home a couple of suburbs away. I took a couple of photos of the saris that S really wants us to wear - the snag is that this lady only has two saris and there are four bridesmaids so the plan is to email the photos to S's b-i-l in Sri Lanka and see if he can match them. We've exhausted all the sari shops in Melbourne and none of them have much in way of matching saris, or if they do, they're just not nice ones.

Where was I? Ah - my camera. I went to fish it out last night at about 10pm to download the photos and couldn't find it. I went out to the car - in my dressing gown - and felt around under the seats. Nothing. I checked the box in my bedroom where the camera usually lives. Nothing. I double-checked my handbag which I had taken with me to the sari lady's place. Nothing. So I started thinking, "maybe I put it down on the saris and then forgot it when we left". So, sent a txt to S who rang the sari lady this morning - she didn't spot it yesterday but will double check this evening.

Now here's the "but". S told me this morning that she remembers me putting my camera bag back in my bag after I took the photos because she remembers thinking to herself "oh, she's sooo meticulous [read anally retentive]" as I did so which is funny because that is such a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

But anyway. If S's recollection is correct, then where the hell is the camera? Since I dropped her off on Sunday evening without getting out of the car myself, it stands to reason that the camera must be in one of two places. The car or the house. I will have a proper hunt tonight. Blogging is not so much fun without a camera. Especially when I've just finished the sash for Kyoto and want to post about it.

Friday, 19 August 2005

Blog surfing + quilt update

I am loving Yarnstorm's series of little people - vaguely skittle shaped bases which are then dressed, accessorised and given a detailed biography/character break-down. The latest instalment is Jacqueline & Josephine, but I think my favourites are Delphine Susan and her boyfriend Magnus ("Big Wink") . Maybe it's because Magnus is a cryptic crossword clubber.

And for the sheer fun of it, I love the matching set of aprons that Angry Chicken has made for her August edition of the Tie One On gallery.

S & T Wedding Quilt Update
I am busting to blog some pics of this, but I know S reads these pages from time to time, so pics will have to wait until after the wedding (24 December). However, I can report that I have finally finished piecing the quilt top. I put the final border strips on last night. Now I just have to cobble together the backing piece, sandwich and baste the top, wadding and backing together and then quilt it (which I do by hand). I must be insane.

Wednesday, 17 August 2005

What kind of knitting needles am I?

I took the test. I am bamboo. I like bamboo. I use bamboo needles. There should be a pic below that goes with the quiz result, but it's too big and puts my blog template out of whack. So imagine this: a set of bamboo circular needles gleaming in the sunlight as they nestle against a ball of brownish mohairish looking yarn. Then return to the scheduled programming below.

You are bamboo.
Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and
enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You
love the craft and beauty of traditional
things, and you value the comfort and
experience of knitting as much as the results.
But while you are reveling in your warm cozies,
don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is
the whole wide world!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Tuesday, 16 August 2005

Mmmmmm..... silk!

Recycled Sari Silk
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
I gave in to yet more temptation today and went to Marta's for 3 skeins of this luscious slubby silk. I plan to make the Teva Durham capelet from the Scarf Style book. See Knitterista's version here. Not sure when I'll get the time to do the knitting, (what with Kyoto and quilts and all) but the vague intention is to wear it to a wedding in October. Watch this space!

Thursday, 11 August 2005

Warm and fuzzy

I got a real buzz when I was packing the knitting away to get off the train this evening. One of the other commuters getting off at my station came up to me and said "it's lovely watching you knit - it reminds me of my mother". I felt all warm and fuzzy and smiled all the way home on the bus! The joys of knitting in public.

Too see what I was knitting, please click here.

I love knitting on the train. It makes me feel like the commute time is not wasted (ie: it appeals to the thrift in me). It also appeals to the repressed exhibitionist in me. I like the idea that people can watch me knit - placates an unfulfilled desire to engage in performance art perhaps - without exposing myself to ridicule. Or maybe I just like to show off that I can do it.

Tuesday, 9 August 2005

In memory - not a crafty post

Today is my dad's birthday. He would have been 69. It seems particularly relevant for me to observe this today as C's brother died last week leaving behind 4 young children who are a similar age to what I was when I lost my dad.

My dad was English. He spent a good deal of his twenties in the merchant navy as a steward. His duties once included, much to his disgust/disbelief, peeling grapes for Princess Marina (mother of the current Duke of Kent). He came to Australia in 1968 as part of the assisted migration program - a £10 Pom. He met and married my mum a few years later. My grandad was heard to say "finally a son-in-law who can use a hammer" (my mum's two older sisters had married a doctor and a lawyer respectively). I came along a few years after that. He taught my mum how to solve cryptic crosswords - a skill which she has passed on to me in turn. In 1981 we travelled to the UK for a holiday and to attend my dad's younger brother's wedding. We never made it to the celebrations. My dad died from a heart attack on 30 August 1981 whilst we were touring on the Isle of Skye and he is buried there in the cemetery at Portree.

Happy Birthday Daddy. We miss you.

Thursday, 4 August 2005

Completed Sophie Bag

Sophie Bag
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
This photo stuff is fun. I forgot to take a photo of the completed bag prior to felting it. Sorry. It shrank to about 2/3 of the original size. I'm not usually given to rhapsody, but when I took this one out of the washing machine I couldn't help myself but say "How CUUUUUTE!". Twee, I know. It's the perfect size to hold my purse, digicam and mobile. It only cost $4 to make. It's the perfect bag. Maybe I'll make one in every colour so I can always match my outfit?

Yr 12 Sanity Quilt

Yr 12 Sanity Quilt
Originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.
I've just joined Flickr so this is a test to see if I can get this photo-blogging thingy to work. In keeping with the theme, I thought I'd post a little bit of Paisley quilt-history - My first quilt.

Wednesday, 3 August 2005

I got gauge at 1st attempt!

Spurred on by the temptation of Kyoto, I have been surfing researching to try and find a suitable locally available yarn substitute. The Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton seemed to be the closest match in yardage/weight. The recommended gauge didn't look quite right though, so I bought one ball at the LYS to experiment with the gauge and made a start with the 3.5mm needles stated in the pattern.

I measured it this morning - 20sts/27 rows over 4" - just what the doctor ordered. WOO HOO! [Mind you, having read the various adventures in gauge that members of Kyoto-Along 2005 have experienced, I shouldn't be too cocky until I've actually knitted a real piece of the garment]. I've sent Mouse an email to join the KAL [wow - I'm even using acronyms just like a real knit-blogger] which will be my first knit-along.

So colour decisions need to be made. I'm thinking Pennant [Navy] for the main body and Sailboat [greyish blue] for the sash with maybe a splash of Thyme [dusky green] for the stripe. I was in two minds about whether to include the stripe, but I bought a Thyme ball for the test swatch and I think it would tone in quite well. The other option would be to knit the main body in Rockpool [darkish slightly bluey green] although this might not be as successful with less contrast between the colours. I guess I'll have to wait until I can see the colours in the flesh, - so to speak - instead of viewing shade cards online, before I make a decision. I think a weekend trip to Sunspun is called for. (The wool shop in the city where I got the Thyme ball doesn't have the full range of colours in the cotton).

Quilt update:

Sunspun also stock some patchwork supplies (including Kaffe Fassett fabrics). The blocks are all done on the S&T Wedding quilt. I've started stitching them together and hunting for the right fabrics to use in the border. Kaffe Fassett's roman glass print is begging to be included. Either that or some sort of Japanese-ish style print is in order. Plus a backing fabric - a red-based madras check would go well I think. I scored quite a good deal on some Matilda's Own 60/40 wool/poly wadding at the Craft Fair at Jeff's Shed last week so that part is taken care of.

S&T Wedding update:

This weekend, Saturday morning has been set aside for sari-shopping in Dandenong (which has the highest concentration of sari shops in Melbourne). S is Sri Lankan, so we bridesmaids-of-Anglo-extraction get to wear traditional saris for the wedding. We are also under starters orders to "learn how to walk in a sari". The prospective sari designer has already been heard to declare that "western girls can't walk in saris", with the implication that we shouldn't even try. S has booked a dresser though who is willing to teach us. C and I are getting a little anxious as we're a little clumsy and un-co... hmm... lessons and practice are probably a good idea.