Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Long shadows.

It's getting dark at around 6.30pm and that's before the clocks go back. Time to settle in with the instructions for my new sewing machine - it's a Janome something or other. Sewing seems a lot more complicated than knitting even before I get down to thinking about patterns and fabrics. Even the Beginners guide I took out of the library today jumps stright into seams and interfacing and all manner of fiddly things. I think I may have to sit down with the machine and just practice going in a straight line for a while. That's a lot harder than you might think.

One good thing about the new machine is that it gives me a great excuse to go to the charity shops hunting for cotton and prints. I bought the most amazing dress yesterday that can only be described as a muumuu. I have plans to turn it into a skirt and use the rest for patchwork. I would take a photo but, as I said, it is already growing dark.


Jacqui said...

i agree entirely. sewing is WAY more intimidating than knitting. a straight line is indeed a difficult thing, but also kind of zen.

hope you have a fabulous time of it!!

Maureen said...

I have a sewing machine that has moved twice with me now and has still never been used. Too scared after my school adventures I think where the whole class would be taken up with me threading the damn thing up but never actually sewing with it! This winter I'm going to crack it though...may need LOTS of books from the library!!!

kat said...

lovely shadows...and ribbon. oh the sewing machine! good luck, I know you will make beautiful things.

thank you for the sashiko embroidery book recommendation. it looks very good.

iaminchennai said...

it seems knitting has taken a back seat.. :-)
I am also trying to crank my MILs old sewing machine before i bug my husband for a new one..hehehehe
love to see the transformation of the dress into skirt.