I am halfway into a month off of work and ironically as I rush around trying to fit the rest of life in I find myself more stressed then relaxed? That soooo is not what vacation is about right?
Inspired by the book “Slow Stitch” by Claire Wellesley-Smith, I decided to slow things down a bit with handwork. I have always found peace in knitting and excitement in sewing (excitement in sewing?? Haha! I’m sure that sounds so funny if you are not a maker.) It turns out at least for me that sewing can be relaxing if you do handwork in little bites.
I started the process by cutting up some ill fitting jeans and doing reverse shibori with bleach on the pieces in various folding patterns. Holy Cow, what a fun easy, quick process that was. All my future jeans are destined for bleach jobs.
Every night as I have been sitting and watching movies with my husband (such a rarity during the rest of the year), I have been devising and stitching up new little patterns with bits of felted wool, recycled leather and silk floss. The shibori Os called for some Xs so a theme took hold.
I wasn’t quite sure what was to become of this concoction but finally settled on a bag I have been dreaming up. It called for a leather border with mitered corners and to add more interest (and help attach it to my extra firm pellon interfacing) I machine embroidered with invisible thread even more Xs and Os. I used the back of a vintage feedback for the inner part of the bag.
This thing is VERY impractical with silly little pockets on the inside that don’t hold much but I am in love with it as an art piece. And as with most of the makes I love, it is destined for someone else worthy. I think they will get the wonkyness of it. I hope so.