Wednesday 29 August 2007

Are You Lonesome Tonight...

..Well, I did promise you Elvis!
On Sunday I was chatting to Sam who is still in Epsom rehearsing his play and he happened to mention he needed an Elvis costume as a prop (for a skeleton to wear apparently - I didn't ask!).
"No problem, Surely you can hire one?" says I
"Well... We've sort of run out of money"
expectant silence where I felt it was my turn to speak...
"I suppose I could make you one" (gosh did that come out loud?)
"Would you? That would be great, thanks Mum!"
And so here it is - a cobbled together jumpsuit made from various charity shop finds very gamely modelled by Jacob... what a star he is!

My rust dyed experiments from last week are finally done. I wanted to dye some kunin felt which took a lot longer than the other fabrics to take up the colour. Presumably because it is acrylic and not a natural fibre but I quite like the soft and subtle results.

The other fabrics really took the colour well... a piece of silk, some pre-dyed scrim and some plain scrim. I also stuck in a skein of white cotton as a bit of an experiment and I'm really pleased with the way that has turned out. Looking forward to stitching with it.

Lots of reading to do tonight as this...

and this arrived.
Which is lucky really because I'm trying to plough my way through "Swann's Way" by Marcel Proust. Not through choice, I might add but it is another suggested text for the Opus summer project. I'm finding it incrediably laborious and not in the least inspirational. In fact I've not touched my summer sketchbook since I started reading it!

But best of all, there is this to read. The first issue came out yesterday and it is packed full of wonderful articles to read and loads of things to try out. Well done to everyone involved in its publication... you've done a fantastic job!


  1. The Elvis costume is fabulous. And your rust dyed fabrics look great.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comment.

  2. Thanks Gina for the lovely comments about Fibre&Stitch. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks for the great feedback Gina,

  4. What lucky boys they are to have such a talented Mum :) I love the rust dyed fabrics & thread - its very addictive isn't it? Thanks for the F&S mention, much appreciated.

  5. Gina, you are a lady of many talents! And well done Jacob for his modelling skills! I look forward to seeing what you make with the rusted fabrics.

  6. Just received the costume today, it's superb :)

    And so is this blog!

    Who taught you how tyo use all those fancy features :P



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