Thanks for all of the great suggestions on machines and ideas for sewing with Elliot on the last post! It’s so fun to hear about your own experiences and what you’ve done with your own kids. That could be a whole new blog theme, for goodness sake.
I have been sewing so much this week that I’ve really been slacking on the blogging, sorry about that (it’s always a tricky balance). I have a couple of projects that I just finished that were started in New York for Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing Workshop that I want to show you that I’ll blog about next week. I also bought some new fabric in NYC and had to make this as soon as I came home:
When I was at Purl Soho a couple weeks ago I couldn’t resist picking up a little Liberty lawn. It’s rather pricey stuff but when you see it in person you start to understand why. The prints are quite delicate and beautiful and the fabric itself is lightweight and silky. Liberty lawn reminds me quite a bit texture-wise of the Anna Maria Horner voiles; they’re all really wonderful fabrics to work with.
I bought just a half yard of this modern striped one (it’s here on the Purl website, third to last row), I decided to make it into a loop scarf along with some natural linen/tencel blend. Anna Maria Horner had actually demonstrated in person how to make her “Figure 8 Scarf” at the Weekend Sewing Workshop (instructions are here on her blog). It was great to see her talk it through because when I first read her blog post on it I had gotten a little confused and thought it had a twist built into it, but it turns out it’s just a big loop, no twists, but you twist it to wear it, if that makes sense. Unfortunately I also only half-listening/half-working at the workshop (sensing a theme here, Spacey Mc Spaceman? OK and does that remind anyone else of 30 Rock?), I also missed the fact that the cuts for the scarf are 18″ by 72″ so my scarf (18″x54″) is a little shorter than it should be. It’s definitely big enough to fit over my head…it’s not strangling me or anything. Just do yourself a favor and cut the recommended length (or buy one of AMH’s kits here — Christmas gift anyone??) if you decide to make this for yourself.
I like it. It’s very striking! And such a quick easy project, really fun. I have other plans for my other Liberty fabrics, so stay tuned!