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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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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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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 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…

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Workroom Diaries 20211212

12/10/21 Bestway B2085 Since I’ve essentially changed every single thing about this sweater, I had to also rewrite the directions into a stitch chart for the leaves. I used Google Sheets and arranged the cells into uniform “stitch-sized” boxes, then followed the written instructions to map it out. I didn’t hate it, but it was…

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Workroom Diaries 20211206

12/2-12-5 2021 Two-Color Jumper The sweater is coming along nicely. I keep worrying that it will be too big, but then I test fit it, and it’s fine. The pattern only mentions that the sweater’s original dimensions should fit up to a 35″ bust and is 20″ in length with 4/5″ sleeves. I did a…

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Workroom Diaries 20211130

November 24-29 11/24 Well, I have finally decided which pattern to make with this glorious yarn I bought at the fiber festival a couple weeks ago. I’ve started working the math for this 1940s pattern and cast on my first stitches. The original pattern is 80% too small for me, so I’ve worked out a…

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Workroom Diaries 20211122

November 19-20 Aranami Shawl I finally finished knitting the Aranami Shawl which I started years ago, only to set down for some reason, then left it. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been plugging away at it and finally bound it off, washed, and blocked it. I’m developing the story for Outfit Of The…