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I just finished this 14 by 14 inch tapestry weaving a few days ago. I'm happy that I kept the edges and rows even and I like the design. I tried to randomly insert horizontal lines of contrasting color, and I hope it adds interest. It says "FALL" to me! I think a winter one could be interesting.
One of my favorite things in summer is to whip up a cold salad for supper with whatever I find around the kitchen. Last evening I made this one. Started with some leftover pasta, added a bag of frozen peas, chopped celery, chopped walnuts, Real bacon bits, fresh shredded Parmesan, and some leftover sun-dried tomatoes. Topped it off with a little ranch dressing and boy was it delicious! It seems in the summer we often don't feel like eating a full meal and a salad like this is just right!
I think summer is the best season for me for bringing back memories from my childhood. Mostly when I ride my bike even in my sixth decade of life it doesn't take long for the memories to come flooding back.
The smell of grass or seeing someone mowing are big memory motivators. And the sounds of sprinklers and mostly just the feeling of wind in my face as I ride my bicycle makes me feel like I'm 12 years old again. I spent a lot of time riding my bike to a nearby park where there was a summer program of activities. City Park was a favorite hang out with a few friends, where we spent time making lanyards from some plastic strips of different colors. It must've also been the time of making chains from gum wrappers.Other organized games and sports activities were also on tap.
If I wasn't at the park I often would take my bike to the local library. Picking up three or four books every couple of weeks was just a routine and kept me busy many an afternoon. And of course bike riding with friends! One of my friends had a tandem bicycle so that was really fun to ride around town and off to a local dairy store for an ice cream cone in the evening. As we got a little older we started taking trips past boys' houses that we liked, certain if we were spotted that it would just seem like a natural occurrence. Most of the time we were not seen by the object of our interest.
The Fourth of July holiday has its own special set of memories because our town has a huge parade and it's kind of the thing to do on the morning of the Fourth. For some reason I have a distinct memory of being very young and traveling to a local to store where I got to pick between red or blue or white tennis shoes as we called them. My summer shoes. I recall alternating years between red and blue mostly. Our town where I still live today remains very patriotic so flag-waving and wearing patriotic colors was certainly a big deal. There was always a cook out in the afternoon and then fireworks in the evening. It seemed everybody did these things.
We had a nearby fruit market which I remember walking to and buying two plums for a nickel, and I seem to remember picking up a popsicle or an ice cream bar for five or ten cents at a nearby Dairy store, which by the way I ended up working for during my teen years. There were also the everyday activities of catching lightning bugs, freeze tag, baseball, red light green light, and plain old hide and seek as the darkness fell. And a lot of time was spent just sitting on the front porch swing watching the traffic go by which became more interesting as we became teenagers.
So lucky I am to have this pack of good times and good feelings to take out and look at whenever I choose!
After a break of a month or more I've returned to my tapestry loom and it feels great to have a project started. This is a slow and thoughtful process, and sometimes it's perfect to work on to calm down and appreciate the time being.
Although it's not without its challenges for me. I'm sort of designing a piece that's a square within a square within a square, with some added interest with different values of fibers. My challenge this time is to interlock the weaving wherever it changes color side-by-side. This way there will be no spaces that will have to be sewn up after the weaving is completed. It's about 14 inches wide and I'm not sure if it will end up a square or perhaps a rectangle. I am enjoying choosing the colors as I go and I think I'm getting better the more I weave. Anyway that's what I'm up to in the weaving part of my studio. That just means on my loom set on a desk against the wall which is perpendicular to the other wall behind my sewing machine. I sort of have to have everything I might want to use set up and ready to go so I can easily move between weaving and sewing. Here's a photo of what I've started so far.
I decided to create this fabric garden flag for my friend Jan. It's not nylon fabric, just cotton fabric that I had dyed and embellished. On one side the flower is made of felted wool and on the opposite side it is painted on the fabric. A little stitching and stamping and it seemed ready to be finished. I coated both sides with two layers of mod podge in my attempt to make it waterproof. Now I'll be watching to see how it handles the weather! It's about 5 x 8".
So I always have enjoyed having plates or bowls of rocks or stones around, and I keep some stones on a black textured plate in my bathroom. Sometimes I collect stones when I'm out by the waterside somewhere or find something interesting in the woods.
One day I started balancing stones in piles of three on the bathtub surround area in my bathroom. If you ever want to keep your mind completely in the moment and perhaps even calm down a bit you might find this experience worthwhile. Anyway now this building of small cairns has turned into a joint venture between me and my husband.
One of us will start with two stones someday for no reason at all and it will grab the attention of the other when they enter the bathroom. I noticed than you feel compelled to add a stone and perhaps start another pile. Here's our cairns now in progress, looks like we have about nine more stones before we use them all up.
Then we will knock them all down, put them back on the plate, and wait for the next time one of us starts the process again. Try it! I also create these outside sometimes at the edge of the woods with larger rocks, then watch to see they are knocked down someday probably by a passing chipmunk.
I purchased this one yard piece of 108 inches wide hand dyed quilt backing fabric from
Backside Fabrics recently just because I loved it.
Of course I wanted to make something right away so I decided I would try my hand at a small Bargello style quilt. Here's my 16 by 22 inch piece made with strips offset as I stitched them together.
And here's a close-up of the circular pattern quilting I did to contrast with the linear piecing.
Now I keep thinking about overdyeing some pieces of this fabric, I'll keep you posted.