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In The Way

Well, here it is a bit more than a month into this year-long commitment I have made to myself. I suppose it’s as good a time as ever to reflect on what has come of it so far. I. I have decided to organize the paintings into the 8 seasons of the pagan calendar, each…

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True Intimacy Is Being Awake

This has been a really productive couple of weeks. I’m working out most of the conditions surrounding my forthcoming year-long project: I’ve changed a few things around, tried some different techniques and decided on some project boundaries. The first thing I changed was that I purchased a travel palette, which I like even better than…

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Travel Watercolor Kit

Over the weekend I constructed myself a tiny travel watercolor kit and I’m pretty jazzed about it. I’ve been kicking around the idea of a year-long project like Justin’s poetry project, but with watercolors. The paintings would be small, and should take no longer than 20 minutes: a daily, meditative practice. A few years ago…

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Betty & Judy Lodge Sweater with Acorns

The cozy time of year is upon us, which means I’m knitting, and Betty & Judy Lodge Sweater happened both quickly and smoothly. I already have plans to make more of them because it was so straightforward and easily customizable. I had some stash yarn in a nice, dark brownish-grey that I used for the main…

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Embroidery School

January 15, 2023 This sampler was a smorgasbord of disappointment, but with each stitch brought the meagerest of morsels tasty enough to try again. This post is lengthy, but it goes through the process almost entirely (I only omitted some ridiculous attempts that weren’t even worth discussing), but I think the final test swatch made…

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All The Grandmothers And None My Own

January 12, 2023 I’ve started the dirndl bodice today using the reclaimed wool from the skirt that I didn’t need for the Halloween costume. January 13, 2023 ALL THE GRANDMOTHERS, AND NONE MY OWN My childhood didn’t really provide a grandmother – at least not in the traditional sense. I had a Norwegian grandmother for…

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Double Feature

January 9, 2023 It’s a double feature project plan. Project A: Milkweed floss capelet. This will likely take more than one growing season to collect enough floss to cover the capelet, but I have a p pretty good start to my collection. Project B: Reclaimed woolen winter dirndl blouse, whicg I believe is called a…

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Nonna’s coat is finished!

January 8, 2023 I have come to a decision on the sleeves. I will take them out, add length, and reduce width by what appears to be about ¾” and then I will hand-stitch it all back in. Took 5/8″ out each side of arm Serged 3″ to bottom of sleeve; serged all edges. Re-stitched…

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Almost finished with one small hitch

January 7, 2023 Wellp: I’m nearly finished with Nonna’s coat liner replacement and overall repair. I still need to hemo the lower edge of the liner, and I think I’ll likely need to re-do the sleeves. I noticed when I test-fit the coat that the sleeve hems at the cuff pull the e cuff up…

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Nonna’s Coat Progress

January 6, 2023 I accomplished a lot today. I double checked the liner pattern against the coat, then cut and serged all the individual pieces, as well as stitched the body together; then, I steam-ironed the seams and the serged edges. When I took inventory of the pocket bags, realized they need to be completely…

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First steps on Nonna’s coat

January 5, 2023 I was able to remove successfuly the leftover sleeve liners without damaging the stabilizing twill. It needs a steam and brush, which makes me wonder if I could use that lavender wool cleaner in my steam iron, or at least in my new (vintage) steamer. Note to self to check. I was…

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Nonna’s Coat

January 4, 2023: Nonna’s Coat. I’ve had this coat for a good, long time. It belonged originally to my good friend’s grandmother, and I “inherited” it at her —that is: Nonna’s — passing. I also inherited a big box of vintage sewing patterns, some of which I still have. The coat is great. I wore…

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“Mill Coat” liner replacement

Mill Coat Project 12/30 Got all the pieces taped together and traced on to paper. Purchased some mustard polyester to replace lining. I think it will be a wonderful contrast to the grey: just like springtime. 1/02/23 Deconstructed the arm I had already set in because I had a dream I did it incorreectly, and…

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Workroom Diaries 20210109

Bestway B2085 This project is still going fine, but overall I’ve gone completely rogue on the upper portion. I’m running low on yarn, so I may not be able to make it a mock turtleneck, or if I do, I’ll have to sub some other similar yarn. I still love it, but I’m looking forward…

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Workroom Diaries 20211220

12/17/20 I finished one sleeve of the B2085, and now I need to seam it together and start the other one. I only knit it to the point where I last increased, so it’s missing some stitches, but I think that’s the right thing to do since I will join it at the round. I…