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August 20, 2009

My creative space

I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.

Clockwise from left:

  • Calico - a special square

  • Moleskine - containing sketches

  • Dupion silk

  • Threads - embroidery floss and spool of silk

  • Buttons - shimmery red shell

  • Zipper - chunky open ended
The Regency-era Empire dress of the several weeks past is on hold. I had been sewing the gown for another mum at Argy's kindergarten and the fitting was going a little ... ahem ... pear-shaped. So it seemed an exceptionally lucky break (for me), when the costume ball this Saturday was postponed at short notice. Being a hobby sewist and not a dressmaker, the fear of not getting the dress quite right .... or worse, ready in time ... was starting to make me panic a little. OK ... if I am truthful ... there was actually quite a lot of panic involved. Disaster loomed.

Now there's time to take a breath, regroup and get it right.

So this week its all about red. I am working on the design for my square of this red-work quilt. It will be an applique, as my embroidery is generally a complete dog's breakfast. My sketches are leading me to cherry trees. I think I have been influenced by all the early blossom that has magically appeared this week.

The red zipper pictured, is making a sneak appearance and is completely unrelated. Its for a bit of mend and make do. The zip broke on Bargy's favourite red jacket yesterday. I have never tried replacing a zip ... or unpicking industrial stitching from a fleece fabric ... or shortening a zipper (which I will need to do for this project). Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have ourselves the makings of another disaster.

Thank you very much Kirsty for hosting My Creative Space. Its great fun seeing what everyone is doing. To see who else is showing their creative space (or to join in), head over here.


  1. your colors are divine and keep on sewing pear shape and all...no panic!

  2. Love the red, can't wait to see the crossover from the sketch to the fabric :)

  3. Ooh what a neat photo, with all the reds! You are quite a sketcher as well, Miss Talented!

  4. ohhh, should be lovely! I love that dupion silk, so gorgeous.

  5. I was very keen and am now a little disappointed at not seeing how that chunky zip was going to be used in your redwork quilt square!

  6. I'm pretty excited about the cherry tree!

  7. Love all the red yumminess! Your sketch looks fantastic. I can't wait to see your applique. Glad you got a break on the dress too! :)

  8. that hardest part about replacing a zipper on a bought jacket I found was actually unpicking the stitches, the rest went fairly easy.

    i love your cherry tree sketch, its very pretty :D

  9. I do love your taste for adventure. Good luck and may the force be with you! Lisa.

  10. Hiya Liesl. The reds are looking good. Can't wait to see all the squares come together. It's going to be a winner if all the little sneak peeks are anything to go by.

    You? The super-seamstress stressed? I KNOW you will do it - and it will be a brilliant job as well. XXOO

  11. The reds all look so lovely together. Can't wait to see your quilt block!

  12. Cannot wait to see it!! I love the buttons x

  13. Good to get a break from a tricky project sometimes. I am sewing my red piece today! I have promised myself.
    The cherry sketch is really lovely.

  14. can't wait to see your Quilt Project square i have only just started mine I have had the flu and therefore am very slow to start, must get on with it


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