Hm. Well, I followed…

Hm. Well, I followed instructions to pre-wash my fabric before cutting / sewing, and ended up with a huge mess of tangled ravelled edges in the machine. That was annoying. Took a while to untangle, but no lasting damage, I think. The web tells me that some folks snip the corners to keep that from happening -- I don't understand why that would work. Should I try it anyway, next time? I prefer to understand these things...

Kevin came over while was I was pressing the fabric, and commented on how bright it all was -- not my usual palette. Which is totally true. In the past, I've mostly gravitated towards either jewel tones or earth / water tones. Not brights! He thinks it's a reaction to the Chicago winter, which is entirely possible.

In any case, I'm going to go ahead and sew some dishtowels today out of the pink/orange fabric (Sandi Henderson Meadowsweet collection), because we need spring dishtowels and that's what I bought it for. And I'm still thinking about the pink-green-white medieval fabric, but I'm leaning towards using half of it to make a small tablecloth and two napkins that I could use for the cafe table in the conservatory or outside -- pretty for having a cup of tea with a friend. And the other half, I'm not sure, but I'm thinking maybe a tiny quilt, just to learn quilting? And then if I decide I don't want to keep it, either it becomes a gift or maybe something to sell at the art show at WisCon.

That's if I decide to participate in the art show, which I really ought to figure out soon, so I can return their form to them in a timely manner. I have a few pieces left over from previous years, but I'd sort of like to show all new stuff, with at least a semi-coherent look to it, and a much stronger emphasis on textile arts. On the one hand, that's crazy, there's no way I'll have time before WisCon to sew and crochet and knit. On the other hand, if I don't do some handwork between now and then, I really will go crazy, and I have quite a bit of yarn sitting around, left over from other projects, wanting to be used. So. Hm.

Anand is sleeping enough now that I generally have one free hour a day, which I can use for either:

  • napping
  • writing
  • exercise
  • crafting
  • reading
So far, I seem to be doing a day or two of one before switching to the next, in something of a rotation. Someday, within the next few months, I should graduate to two or three free hours a day. I can only dream.

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