Saturday, August 20, 2011
I have sewn the last linen pieces of the season. I sewed through the whites, the blues, the blacks, the patterns, the checks, the stripes. At the end was "maltinto", earthy tones from Italy. One corner of the shop looks like a mossy, mushroomy forest. So here's the idea: dye. Lately I have been dyeing- just for fun- some of my more tired summer clothing...and for the most part, with success! A couple of friends and I have an "indigo party" planned. Some wine, some indigo kits from Japan, and a new life for some linen garments. Pictured here: shop corner avec linen.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Before heading to New York tomorrow, I reflect on a recent road trip to Castine, Maine, in the company of my visiting sister. We stayed at the quirky, charming Pentagoet Inn. We made many stops along the way, Route 1 style. She bought moccasins, I bought a piece of folk art featuring ducks. We ate, drank, and dangled feet in the water on the town dock. Tomorrow's journey will be a slightly different type of trip.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I know it is still summer. I can tell by the sun, the heat, the sand in the sheets. But at my work table, the season is changing. I am fortunate in that I do not have to sew 2 seasons ahead, as for a collection. I can slowly work into the next weather pattern. These are the beginning of the transitional pieces: heavier linens, cottons....soon to be followed by twills, corduroy?, light-weight wools. 'Putting off the transition as long as possible. Linger longer, summer.