Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Sewing By Hand...
In my last post I mentioned, "You can take the sewing machine away from the girl but you can't take the needle and thread from her fingers". Well, while my sewing machine has been out for repairs I just had to pick up needle and thread. A few months ago I won this lovely book, "Pretty Birds" by Virginia Lindsay from Lori and her son Zack of the blog Pretty Things. Thank you both very much.
The least I could do was make Zack one of the birds and Lori mentioned he liked the Bluebird. So I gathered some scraps of fabric and began cutting out the patterns. Of course I didn't reverse the pattern the first time so the bird would have needed therapy so I gathered some other scraps of fabric.
Without my machine I threaded a hand sewing needle and began. Actually the bird came together quite nicely and I am pretty happy with my stitching. Here you see I am working on the tail section.
Well...when the little bird was all sewn I thought it lacked personality so I added a real tail feather to the fabric tail. Viola! So much cuter.
This is the one I made for Zack. I like the brighter colors in this fabric. So off it flew in the US Mail clear across the country. Wouldn't it be fun to hear the story from BlueBird of his travels?!
Zack got his little fabric birdie safe and sound and here is proof he likes it. Thank you very much Zack and Lori for gifting me not only this book and some beautiful purple fabrics but also with your friendship through the years via blogging.
Sew...do you ever put needle and thread in fabric and find it to be a wonderful relaxing pastime? I have always enjoyed hand sewing. There are lots more "Pretty Birds" in this book and I know I shall be making more as time allows.
The closest fire (Lowell) to us is now predicted to be fully contained by August 10th. California and our other West Coast states have so many major fires burning we are running short of firefighters and support air attack planes. Thankfully other states (and Canada) are sharing their resources to help fight these fires and keep us safe. If only El Nino would get here (with nice rain...not flooding rain). Every day the reports are devastating not only about the fires but about the lakes and reservoirs that are the lowest levels in recorded history. Thank you all for your continued prayers.
Here we are into August 2015 so quickly I hardly remember July as it rushed past me. August is my favorite month and there are lots of birthdays to celebrate...beginning with my daughter on August 7th! Happy Birthday Honey!!!
As I try to find my word for August so far it has eluded me. Lots come to mind however I am not amused by them...Awesome August, Amazing August, Always August, Outstanding August, Artful August. I want a word that truly describes my JOY I feel in this month of August Summer. So in the meantime I am tagging with Summer Smiles... I do hope you are enjoying your Summer and the wonderful world we live in while experiencing Creative Bliss. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you!