In August, Julia and I spend as much time as we can with family since we really don't get much of a chance to visit them for any length during the year. We've just come back from NJ and had a great time with my sister Lynn and her two boys Franny and Nicholas, Mom, and my sister Jenn. It was crazy hot but thank goodness Mom has a pool to keep us cool.
My sister Lynn is still stitching madly on her denim jackets. Here are some close-ups of the latest jacket. She draws freehand designs with ball point pen and then just goes wild with straight stitch and chain stitch - those are the only two stitches she knows and she sure gets a lot accomplished with them.
Our friend Peggy came over to visit one day. Peggy is a great knitter, stitcher, seamstress, all-around fiber fanatic. She was also an art teacher for many years. She tried to get Lynn to learn some new stitches but she really wasn't interested. I thought it was quite humorous and stood up for my sister. She gets so much done and it is so beautiful why muck up the works. Lynn isn't very good at following directions - she was always the one to break the rules. She is an artist and colorist at heart. But one stitch she wants to learn and I need to teach her is french knots - I know she can turn that one into some kind of masterpiece.
This last photo shows another part of the jacket in progress. Lynn had drawn the design all over the back yoke and had done this part so far. She wanted to wear the jacket so she washed it and the ink came out. She'll start stitching again soon. I like how the denim shows through. This floss was some of the space dyed shaded kind which I have never been very good as using. I think it looks great here.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.